Clever packing: handy things I always have with me
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Clever packing: handy things I always have with me

Translation: Eva Francis

Know those people who conjure up the most amazing things from their (teeny tiny) handbag? In the past, I used to roll my eyes at them. Today, I’m one of these people myself – thanks to my (soon-to-be not-so-little) secret toiletry bag.

I’m constantly switching between various handbags and work bags. About a year ago, I decided all that emptying my stuff out of one bag and packing it into another wasn’t working for me. I kept forgetting or – even worse – losing things and never ended up having everything I needed with me. My solution? A mini toiletry bag for all my must-haves when I’m out and about. If I need to switch handbags, all I need to do is move my toiletry bag, wallet and phone.

Looks chaotic, but there’s a system: my «always-with-me toiletry bag».
Looks chaotic, but there’s a system: my «always-with-me toiletry bag».
Source: Natalie Hemengül

Here’s what I think belongs in such a toiletry travel bag. And don’t be fooled – my list may be long, but my bag isn’t heavy at all.

KIKO Milano Mini Pochette 01
Toiletry bags
Quantity discount
10.10 per piece for 2 units

KIKO Milano Mini Pochette 01

KIKO Milano Mini Pochette 01
Quantity discount
10.10 per piece for 2 units

KIKO Milano Mini Pochette 01

Beauty products

Above all, I need a lip balm that makes my lips look full and shiny. My absolute favourite at the moment is the Moistureglow Plumping Lip Serum in the colour Pink Glow by the brand Make-up by Mario. Mario Dedivanovic, who owns the brand, is Kim Kardashian’s make-up artist. We don’t have this product in our range, so I’ve picked out an alternative from Kiko Milano that I also quite like.

An hour after styling my hair in the morning, it looks like I’ve fought my way through a dense jungle. I use a wooden comb to tame my mane without electrically charging it. The flat comb needs no space at all.

To freshen up my sun protection during the day or to apply it to the back of my hands, I use the Hyaluronic Acid Airy Sunstick by the Korean brand Isntree. Find our more about this product in my article.

KIKO Milano Lip Volume Tutu Rose
Lip balms
Quantity discount
9.65 per piece for 2 units

KIKO Milano Lip Volume Tutu Rose

Trisa Natural Brilliance
Hairbrushes
Quantity discount
6.40 per piece for 3 units

Trisa Natural Brilliance

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Airy Sun Stick (Sun stick, SPF 50, 22 g)
Sunscreen
26.–

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Airy Sun Stick

Sun stick, SPF 50, 22 g

KIKO Milano Lip Volume Tutu Rose
Quantity discount
9.65 per piece for 2 units

KIKO Milano Lip Volume Tutu Rose

Trisa Natural Brilliance
Quantity discount
6.40 per piece for 3 units

Trisa Natural Brilliance

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Airy Sun Stick (Sun stick, SPF 50, 22 g)
26.–

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Airy Sun Stick

Sun stick, SPF 50, 22 g

A hand mirror is a must-have. I’m currently using the lid of an old face powder jar because there’s a mirror on it. Not the most elegant solution, but it works. You might think powder is one of my toiletry bag essentials, but it isn’t. To mattify my face, I prefer to use oil control paper. These small sheets of paper absorb excess sebum without ruining your make-up. And what I love most is they’re light as a feather. I also always carry a small disposable cardboard nail file (you could also just cut a large one in half), as well as lipstick and lip liner with me. Perfume creams or small samples are ideal as on-the-go fragrances. Alternatively, you could buy a travel-size diffuser and fill it with your favourite perfume.

essence All About Matt
Facial cleansers
Quantity discount
3.50 per piece for 4 units

essence All About Matt

essence All About Matt
Quantity discount
3.50 per piece for 4 units

essence All About Matt

Hygiene products

The tables on trains are often so filthy I can barely look at them – let alone place my laptop on one. My solution? Put a bit of disinfectant on a handkerchief and clean it. If I have sticky fingers, I use a single refreshing wipe. I also like having chewing gum, mints and a dental floss stick handy for after a meal.

Sterillium Protect & Care (50 ml)
Hand sanitiser
Quantity discount
3.15 per piece for 4 units 63.–/1l

Sterillium Protect & Care

50 ml

Stimorol STI 14G WILD CHERRY SP STD (1 pcs., 14 g)
Sweets + chewing gum
Quantity discount
1.75 per piece for 4 units 0.13/1g

Stimorol STI 14G WILD CHERRY SP STD

1 pcs., 14 g

dm Dontodent Dental floss sticks unwaxed with case
Dental floss
Quantity discount
2.40 per piece for 4 units

dm Dontodent Dental floss sticks unwaxed with case

Sterillium Protect & Care (50 ml)
Quantity discount
3.15 per piece for 4 units 63.–/1l

Sterillium Protect & Care

50 ml

Stimorol STI 14G WILD CHERRY SP STD (1 pcs., 14 g)
Quantity discount
1.75 per piece for 4 units 0.13/1g

Stimorol STI 14G WILD CHERRY SP STD

1 pcs., 14 g

dm Dontodent Dental floss sticks unwaxed with case
Quantity discount
2.40 per piece for 4 units

dm Dontodent Dental floss sticks unwaxed with case

My toiletry bag always has tampons in various sizes and a pad in it. Even if I don’t need any myself, someone’s always grateful that I have one handy. I recently added a hygiene bag to my collection of things to have with me. It serves as a mobile rubbish bag or to store something that might spill.

dm ebelin Refreshing Wipes Citrus Scent
Tissues
Quantity discount
2.40 per piece for 4 units

dm ebelin Refreshing Wipes Citrus Scent

o.b. Organic Super Box (16 pcs) (16 x)
Tampons
Quantity discount
3.15 per piece for 4 units

o.b. Organic Super Box (16 pcs)

16 x

Sana Hygiene bag (50 x)
Sanitary pads
Quantity discount
3.05 per piece for 4 units

Sana Hygiene bag

50 x

dm ebelin Refreshing Wipes Citrus Scent
Quantity discount
2.40 per piece for 4 units

dm ebelin Refreshing Wipes Citrus Scent

o.b. Organic Super Box (16 pcs) (16 x)
Quantity discount
3.15 per piece for 4 units

o.b. Organic Super Box (16 pcs)

16 x

Sana Hygiene bag (50 x)
Quantity discount
3.05 per piece for 4 units

Sana Hygiene bag

50 x

I have everything I need at hand.
I have everything I need at hand.
Source: Natalie Hemengül

Extras

When my eyes are really dry, it can happen that a contact lens falls out when I blink. I’m lost without them, so I always have a pair of replacement lenses and eye drops with me. A small pair of scissors, various medicines such as painkillers and two hair ties (lending a hair tie to someone at the gym is a great way to make new friends) and a hair clip complete my emergency kit.

dm ebelin Eyebrow scissors with brush
Make-up accessories
Quantity discount
10.10 per piece for 2 units

dm ebelin Eyebrow scissors with brush

DailyGo Hair tie (Hair tie)
Hair ties
Quantity discount
4.30 per piece for 4 units

DailyGo Hair tie

Hair tie

dm ebelin Eyebrow scissors with brush
Quantity discount
10.10 per piece for 2 units

dm ebelin Eyebrow scissors with brush

DailyGo Hair tie (Hair tie)
Quantity discount
4.30 per piece for 4 units

DailyGo Hair tie

Hair tie

Important: Your travel toiletry bag is only useful if you restock any items you’ve used or given away.

My fellow editors also love their toiletry bags.
My fellow editors also love their toiletry bags.
Source: Natalie Hemengül
Header image: Natalie Hemengül

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As a massive Disney fan, I see the world through rose-tinted glasses. I worship series from the 90s and consider mermaids a religion. When I’m not dancing in glitter rain, I’m either hanging out at pyjama parties or sitting at my make-up table. P.S. I love you, bacon, garlic and onions. 


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