PACKING TOILETRIES Minimalist Essentials | BAGS & Pro DIY Tips ✈🌎

PACKING TOILETRIES Minimalist Essentials | BAGS & Pro DIY Tips ✈🌎


What’s up guys? Welcome back to Vagabrothers. In this video we’re going to take this, and turn it into this. This is how to pack the ultimate minimalist toiletry kit. What’s up guys and girls? Welcome back to Vagabrothers, your home for travel inspiration, vlogs, and hacks here on YouTube. We travel the world full-time; try to keep our kit to a minimum, especially our toiletries, but things sometimes get out of hand. We realize our travel kits kind of buldged recently, so we wanted to make this video about decluttering them to a minimalist standard. We will not be covering make-up in this video, but the principles apply to both girls and guys. Most importantly to make this carry-on approved, it’s going to fall as what’s known as the 3-1-1 rule, which means all liquid ,gels, aerosols, and pastes must be under 3 ounces or 100 milliliters. Furthermore, it must fit into a 1-quart or 1 liter bag, and you can only have one of these bags per traveler. If you guys have not already, please subscribe, turn on notifications, and give this video a thumbs-up if you find it helpful. Let’s get into. First up, you need a toothbrush. There are two ways of doing this on a minimal scale; first you can take your toothbrush and cut it in half. That totally works. You can also buy for a couple of bucks a toothbrush that folds up into itself, basically reducing its size by half and its nastiness scale. Chucking your toothbrush in and it out of the toiletry kit while you’re traveling means that there are some little microbes that might get on it. What’s nice about this is that it’s protected; it’s sealed. Secondly, grab some toothpaste. Most toothpaste companies make carry -on approved sizes, so that should be easy enough to get. Carry-on size toiletries should be available most pharmacies. Here in the U.S., Target is the cheapest place to get all these things. Next up; dental floss. Honestly, do yourself a favor. Do everyone around you a favor. Do your general health a favor and remember to floss. Mom will be proud. So will your dentist. Alex is obsessed with dental floss. He definitely considers this an essential. Next up you have the big debate: soap or body wash? Soap is clunky; It’s always hard to put away a wet bar of soap, even if you have those containers. We’re recommending body wash. Body wash goes along with shampoo and conditioner as essentials. You can either purchase small kits that have all these things together. We’ve seen a great one by Malin and Goetz, which is about 32 bucks. If you want higher end men’s version, we also recommend Triumph and Disaster’s,which comes with shaving cream. One of the best ways to do this is simply to buy these things called GoToobs. These are refillable two ounce containers, which have a variety of different labels including soap, sunscreen, shampoo, conditioner lotion and a blank one if you want to put one of your own creations in there. These are smashable, smushable, and definitely a good go-to holder for any of your toiletries. They also have a suction cup. You can put it on the mirror when you’re in a hotel room or hostel, and they’ve got a wide mouth very easy to refill. We recommend getting the multicolored pack, so even if it’s not properly labeled, you can still tell apart what your different toiletries are. Perhaps one of the best minimalist hacks is to use a product by Dr. Bronner’s…basically make this thing called 18-1 hemp shampoo. It’s a soap but you can use it for basically anything. Are you going to get stopped at customs because it’s made from hemp? ” Yeah man. It’s every irry. It’s s no problem.” You can use this to brush your teeth, to wash your armpits, to shampoo your hair; you can use it as shaving cream, laundry detergent. One thing that you should remember is that you should dilute it. Ignore all of the weird quotes that are all over the bottle. Honestly, there’s some far- out stuff on there. Also, avoid getting it directly into any body cavities because it definitely burns. The peppermint is pretty intense. Dr. Bronner’s, but this stuff is strong. All you need to drop, and if you were to fill up one of these containers with Dr Bronner’s it’s going to last your entire trip. When you start using it to hand wash quick- dry clothes, you’ll really see the value of bringing this along with you. Deodorant: Don’t forget it. Honestly, people will like you more. Of course, condoms. You should always bring three because sex happens three times if it happens once. Yeah, that’s if you’re lucky. Another essential is nail clippers. You don’t want to borrow these from someone else. Small ones worked really well. If you want to go super minimalist, ditch the nail clippers and use your teeth. Now let’s move away from the essentials into grooming. One of the things that tends to fall by the wayside when you’re traveling is grooming. Your grooming tends to kind of degrade a little bit, and what we want to do with this is show you the absolute essential stuff that you need that will keep you looking fresh for your entire trip. Some grooming essentials: hair gel. We like to use Mitch Reformer, and Mark brought up a good point which is: instead of taking this thing, which is three ounces and therefore carry-on approved, take a big scoop of it and put it into one of the smaller GoToobs. I personally can get by for a couple weeks on a little bit of hair gel. I’m not sure about my brother, here. He tends to use a lot more than I do. These little things are called GoTubbs. They are by the same people who make GoToobs. They’re great for storing any sort of ointment you might want. They can store jewelry; you can put in cooking spices or even vitamins. You can bring a comb if you have longer hair or you feel like you actually use a comb. The main point is do not bring a brush. A comb like this is really flat. Pack it in there; it’s thin; it’s almost like you don’t even have it. Next up: a shaving razor. A lot of people have asked us if you can bring a shaving razor in your carry-on toiletries and bring it through security. You can. We’ve never had an issue with it. You are not allowed to bring a straight razor. This is a straight razor, a safety razor. It has a removable….uhm… disgusting. It’s got all my hair on it. You can’t tell from that side, though. You can’t bring these, but you can bring these. Honestly, my preference of shaving is shave before you go. It’s okay to grow out a beard, and if you really want to keep it trim, just bring a razor. Soap works as shaving cream. I think shaving cream is something you can totally cut. Do not bring those little aerosol cans. They take a lot of space. Another great way is just to go to a barber. I personally love going to barber shops around the world. It might cost you fifteen bucks to get a shave, but if you grow your beard out for three weeks and then get a beard trim it’s essentially getting a haircut. When it comes to smelling nice, you should definitely bring some cologne or some perfume if you’re a girl. This is really cool. We got this in Cologne, Germany the origin of cologne, and it was only one euro in the tourist board souvenir shop. I actually just ran out of mine, but it lasted for about a year. Just a little bit of cologne goes a long way. Another good idea is solid cologne; it’s easier to transport because it’s not liquid. This one from Fulton & Roark fits in the 3-1-1 rule and is replaceable. There are also options for solid perfume, as well. We’ll put links to those too. Minimalist first aid essentials are pretty straightforward: a daily vitamin, Advil, melatonin, which is a natural sleeping aid, Neosporin in case you get a cut and some bandaids, and laxatives, just in case. When you need it, you really need it. Also helpful are Barrocas, which are little vitamin B tablets you can disolve in water They’re great if you go out partying Drink one right before you go to bed, and in the morning you should not have a hangover. And lastly chapstick, which you can fit in your pocket and sunscreen which I keep in my day bag. Just remember that when you go through security, you’ve got to put this with the other liquids. Now we’ve come to the fun part where we compare and contrast different bags. We’re going to start off with the R.E.I. 3-1-1 bag. It’s transparent: it’s got a little zipper; it looks like it’s waterproof and it also has a carabiner so you can clip it on to stuff, but straight up it’s five dollars, and it’s pretty simple. I have been traveling with this one for about 10 years. I bought this in Chatuchak Market in Bangkok. It’s from Jasada, which is a Thai company. It’s worked great ; it’s just kind of transparent. You could find something like this online. I think we’ll put a link below. That’s great. If not, we have some other examples that are available widely in the U.S. and Europe. Also from R.E.I. is the micro shower bag. They have a couple different sizes, but I like this one; a little zipper on the inside which you might be able to put some medicine or smaller items. Overall simple, works well, and cheap. And on the other end of the spectrum the Sea to Summit hanging toiletry bag. This is definitely the most elaborate of the bags that we’ve talked about today. It hangs. It’s got a little clip here; it has multiple zippers so that if you want to organize your toiletries a little bit more, you can do that. It also has this little mirror, which is stowable and pretty cool. It’s still simple, but it has the most options and the most bang for your buck. So that’s it …toiletries in a minimal packing format. We’re going to do a different video in the future about how to pack the ultimate Dopp kit. You can make that like suitcase in itself, but that’s a whole other topic in a different direction. Alright guys, well if you enjoyed this video you know what to do: give it a thumbs- up; share it with your friends and subscribe and turn on notifications, if you haven’t already. Also share your comments with us. We want to know your ultimate minimalist tips and hacks. Put those down in the comment section. Guys, in the meantime stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys on the road. Peace.

100 thoughts on “PACKING TOILETRIES Minimalist Essentials | BAGS & Pro DIY Tips ✈🌎

  1. So what I usually do is buy my shampoo, soap and toothpaste when I reach my host country. On me, I would just bring my shaver, cologne and toothbrush. Also, I tend to keep my hair short so I won't need any hair wax. 🙂

  2. Your youtube channel basically helps me lots with travel thing. Keep going and help more dum dums traveler like me. Cheers! x

    p.s: come visit Bali!

  3. Different rules for different countries, in Colombia they will take you shaving razor, at least they did 4 years ago, after a couple of times I started putting it on my checked bag or I just don't take one.

  4. The problem with GoToobs is that there's a long list of things that they don't work with for various reasons like they'll degrade the silicone.

  5. Wait! Link me that vitamin b tab!!!! I've heard of the shots before but never the tablets!!!! This is life changing

  6. I am becoming a fan :o) Re body wash or soap, have you investigated paper soap? You get 20 sheets in a small plastic container; each sheet is good for one wash. Very cheap to buy on E-Bay and not a liquid. Part of my job it to put together medical and first aid kits for school trips/holidays and I would also go with taking some antihistamine (different countries = different bugs, different food and different pollen) and I highly recommend taking some Lopermide – because you never know! It should be noted you should always check before travelling with medication what rules apply. Some medications that are available over the counter in say the USA or UK are highly controlled in other counties. Personally, I think everyone who carries first aid and knows what to do with it, should carry disposable gloves and a face shield, then you can safely render help to anyone.

  7. of the dozens of minimalist essentials vids i've seen so far, this is the first one that suggests condoms.

    good on you guys 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

  8. Picked up a set of the 3oz GoToob black version. Unfortunately, someone at work decided they needed one of the bottles more than I did, and I was down to 2. I sent a short message to humangear about it and they sent another one out, no problem! #CustomerService

  9. Feminine hygiene tip: lily cup compact. Fits into a palm when collapsed. It's small and unobtrusive.
    I love these little tips, it's handy handy!

  10. Love my Gotubes… I used fingernail polish to cover the lables (cause white on white can be hard to read) on them then used a q-tip with polish remover to remove the polish only from the raised letter. So much easier to read!

  11. Hi Guys, I found this really cool website with checklists for your next travel: http://travel-checklist.com/ so make sure your don't forget anything 🙂

  12. How is this minimalist 😂 i only pack shampoo, body wash, hand soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste and a razor but to each their own definition of minimalist I guess

  13. Sorry to be Mr. Pedantic, but what you have is a safety razor, not a straight razor. Neither are allowed, however. Just a nit pick.

  14. My number one travel essential:

    Vaseline.

    Dry lips?
    Vaseline.

    Stuck zipper?
    Vaseline.

    Papercut?
    Vaseline.

    Dry skin?
    Vaseline.

  15. My toiletry kit :
    – shower gel
    – shampoo
    – deodorant
    – handsoap
    – hand sanitizer
    – toothbrush
    – toothpaste
    – pads
    – prescription medication so I don't die

    That's literally all

  16. Can you do a video on how to do hand done laundry while travelling? It's always my biggest enemy while travelling and I'd like to know your wise tips.

  17. Be careful with getting your hair cut and your face shaved in countries with high instance of HIV/AIDS. This was a tip I got from long term travelers.

  18. I will never carry condoms on me. Will most likely not got to use them and I am too selfish to carry something that would benefit others 😀

  19. Thank you! This gives me a place to start plotting out my minimalist toiletries kit. I wasn't sure what all I should include, as I'm fairly new to minimalist lifestyle when travelling.

  20. These tips could help me to get for a trip and survive 🙂 I really have always a problem how to pack toiletry 🙂 thanks guys !

  21. For the record, CVS has castille soap-exact same stuff- $2 cheaper. I havent used conventional soap in over a decade.

  22. You should make a girl toiletries bag, because their is different stuff that girls need that weren't in the video

  23. I know this vid is over a year old now, but the topic is important and evergreen. I like almost all your tips, but I think your list can be minimized even further. For example, if you take a bar of Dr. Bronner's hard soap–which is enough to last over a month of daily showers, plus hand washing laundry–you don't need to take shampoo, conditioner, hair gel, body wash or Go Tubes. Fragrance is also something you can safely leave at home: the best smell is often no smell at all.

  24. Why use body wash when you can just use a bar of soap for everything as well? No need to worry about flying with too many liquids, it wont leak, if you buy residue free it will it leave residue/ (DUH!) Also these will last longer, but most importantly they can be turned into a flail using only a sock! Bodywash is for guys in their late 20s who use Axe body spray because they obviously like women (double duh!)

  25. You can also get solid shampoo and conditioner bars from LUSH and you can get a couple bar tins to carry them in and that can also free up some space in your TSA bag

  26. I travel quite often and I’ve never thought to bring condoms with me in my toiletries bag, but thinking back it could’ve definitely been useful. Great job by adding that in!

  27. Tip: Keep your dental floss and non-liquids out of your liquids 3-1-1 bag as you're just wasting space you could be using for more liquids! Common sense people! Also instead of shaving cream, they sell shaving sheets if you want to use that instead of soap and since it's a solid "sheet" it doesn't even count as a liquid.

  28. Does this man really think he’s going to get laid 3 times in like a weekend trip at a hotel? Sir, ya don’t need 3 condomes.

  29. FYI a straight razor is the foldable kind with one blade (like in Sweeney Todd :D) what you showed is a double-edged razor.

  30. If there is any woman reding my com', or men to give advise to ur sis, GF… ; If you are minimaliste and you want to be ecologic with your menstrual accessory, you can buy some washale pads and a menstrual cup. This way you save monney, you get less waste and if you go into some contruies, you may not found the products you need in the shops and as well you will have more room in your bag. 😉

  31. Sweet!!!! Looked at my toiletry bag this morning and was like wtf happened? lol!! TY for this video guys! Helped me out a bunch!

  32. i never buy small toothpastes, its expensive and makes a lot of thrash. instead I just squeeze a bit to a 10ml container and just dip my toothbrush it it

  33. When I visit the dental hygienist, she gives me a clear pouch with toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. I have found the clear pouch is long enough for a battery toothbrush as well all the other toiletries I need.

  34. When I went to the Amsterdam, they considered my deodorant as a liquid, and had to put it in my “3-1-1” bag. Why is that? They let me get away with keeping my other stuff, but I had no idea. They didn’t do that anywhere else.

  35. Use this for fragrance. I carry it almost everywhere. It lasts and it is carry on approved.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073RDZQPH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_SZD.CbYXY4SGA

  36. You should try the nuud deodorant! It is really tiny, sustainable and you only need to apply 2-3 times a week

  37. If you have a problem with putting away wet soap, just shave some soap off instead of bringing the whole bar in the shower

  38. Skip the liquids. Hotels give you soap, shampoo and conditioner. If you run out, buy sample things from the local chemist/pharmacy. If you're camping, then forget all this…lol, gotta pack your own stuff.

  39. Guys, just a grocery store ziploc bag will suffice. SO much cheaper. Also, please don't wear cologne or perfume on an airplane, it can be overwhelming in a tight space. I love the Dr. Bronner's too. It's mutlipurpose. If you bring a very large ziploc, add a tiny bit of liquid soap and water, it can be a makeshift laundry bag. You can fit a few tshirts, socks, undies, seal it up, squish it all around, drain, rinse with water and your clothes are clean.

  40. Microbes are everywhere even in thermal geysers…everywhere even on your toothbrush with a cover. As a biochemist, I guarantee that a covered toothbrush just after use that is placed in a travel kit will contain more bacteria than an uncovered toothbrush. Here’s a hack: rinse toothbrush, shake it , run some TP to dry it a little and just wrap the toothbrush head with clean dry TP. Dries quicker…Less moisture less bacteria.

  41. I have had that last sea to Summit bag for years and I love it. So light weight, so easy to clean, handy to hang up and plenty of pockets for everything!

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