Sure, you could buy Birchbox’s first ever limited-edition, neoprene dopp kit and instantly have everything you need for your next trip—voilá. But if you’d like to customize your travel toiletry bag with your personal favorites, start with a great bag. “Choosing one bag to hold everything ensures you keep track of everything and limit the quantity of items you bring,” explains Anna Bauer, Thumbtack pro organizer and founder of Sorted by Anna. You’ll want something spacious enough to fit all your essentials—in TSA-approved sizes, of course—but not so big that you can’t throw it in your carry-on. Other important attributes? Look for a bag that’s lined (hey, leaks and spills happen) and easy to clean. Herschel Supply Co. Chapter Travel Kit is rendered in a durable ballistic weave, so it can stand up to major wear and tear. And it comes in fun floral, camo, and leopard prints. Don’t be afraid to borrow a bag from the guys! Merona Men’s Nylon Dopp Kit is super sturdy and affordable at just $15! Don’t miss these genius ways to organize your makeup bag.
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Every dermatologist on the planet will tell you that—regardless of the weather or time of year—sunscreen is a must. When it comes to optimizing space in your travel bag, multi-purpose formulas are a must. Opt for a dual-purpose face and body formula—but be sure to read the label carefully, because when it comes to your face, it needs to be non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores. (If you have acne-prone skin, these are the sunscreen ingredients to watch out for.) Try: Aveeno Protect+Hydrate Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 or Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen with Cellular Response Technology SPF 50. , You can also try a face formula that doubles as makeup. Need help navigating the product-packed sun care aisle? These are the 13 sunscreens top dermatologists actually use on themselves.