Traveling is such a fun luxury of life that we almost universally enjoy, but man, the packing sure is a challenge, amirite? There are hundreds of different methods for making sure you fit everything you need into the space you have, but each one still presents difficulties. One universal truth is that we all need the perfect way to bring all our favorite skincare and beauty products — from those perfect tinted sunscreens to your latest Sephora sale finds — and while we can’t come and pack your stuff for you, we have rounded up some amazing travel makeup bags to make it as easy for you as possible.
So whether you’re headed for a quick weekend away, or a lengthy stay overseas, grab your favorite hard-shell luggage or surprisingly roomy duffel bag and read on to find the best travel makeup bags, senior superlative style.
Best for Long Trips
Dajasan Exquisite Large Travel Makeup Bag
Description: This bag’s dimensions are 11.81 x 7.09 x 6.70 inches. It has six elastic belts to store brushes, elastic inner pockets, a detachable divider and two large mesh bags to keep everything organized.
Why It Stands Out: Makeup lovers rejoice, because this bag is for you. This large bag is tall enough for you to place your bottles vertically, which uses the space efficiently and helps prevent squashing and spilling. Its larger size means you’ll likely have to put it in your checked baggage, rather than in a carryon, but it ensures you won’t have to make hard choices about what to leave at home.
Where to Buy: $24.99 at Amazon
Tartan + Twine Black Perforated Deluxe Weekender
Description: This train case style bag boasts plenty of protected pouches and two removable bags so you can organize everything and get to it quickly.
Why It Stands Out: This bag is svelte, but holds a lot, and it contains internal flaps that protect your brushes. Most importantly, it’s fully lined with easy-to-wipe-clean materials.
Where to Buy: $59 at Ulta
DIMJ 2 in 1 Travel Bag Organizer
Description: This waterproof bag features two-way zippers, a detachable extra pouch that can be used on its own, makeup brush pockets and a jewelry storage section with a small leather board for earrings, and snap closures and pockets for necklaces, rings and bracelets.
Why It Stands Out: Having a bag to safely and easily store your makeup and your jewelry together is a traveler’s dream! Perfect for a weekend away or someone who doesn’t want to bring tons of makeup products, this bag makes carry-on life possible.
Where to Buy: $19.99 at Amazon
OTM Monaco Bag
Description: The perfect daily bag to have in your car, take to the gym or leave in your desk drawer at work, it is made with a special lining that protects the contents from heat, so your makeup doesn’t melt or separate when it’s outside.
Why It Stands Out: We love supporting small businesses and women-owned businesses, and this bag does both. Plus, this kind of life-changing ingenuity makes this bag worth the splurge.
Where to Buy: $145 at OTM.com
Best for Tight Quarters
BELALIFE Large Hanging Travel Toiletry Bag
Description: Designed with four separate compartments, each with leak-proof PVC covers and lining, the bag has elastic straps for holding things in place and a 360-degree swivel hanger for easy hanging in any space.
Why It Stands Out: We’ve all been there when you arrive at your travel destination only to find there is zero counter space for getting out your toiletries and makeup. This hanging bag is the perfect solution and has ample storage space for skincare bottles and makeup.
Where to Buy: $16.99 at Amazon
Sephora The Essential Travel Vanity Bag
Description: This bag features interior material you can wipe clean, plus brush storage elastics and removable additional bags for easy use.
Why It Stands Out: We love the open-ended internal sections, as well as the deep main compartment. You can easily use this makeup bag to stash jewelry, hair ties and medicines.
Where to Buy: $45 at Sephora
What Happened to Sephora’s The Vacationer Bag?
Sephora used to have a simple black makeup organizer called The Vacationer. It was nothing fancy, but it was beloved for its small size, slots for lipstick and brushes and open-ended larger compartments. The bag is no longer sold by Sephora (and hasn’t been in years), unfortunately, but you can get it from resale sites (like eBay).
Sonia Kashuk Makeup Organizer Bag Set
Description: This set of four bags includes a large, clear bag along with a medium-sized zip pouch, round-top pouch and pencil case, which can all fit together within the largest bag.
Why It Stands Out: This set makes it easy to have exactly what you need to organize your skincare and makeup for any trip, regardless of how long you’ll be gone, or what you need to bring. And when it comes to packing, we love endless options!
Where to Buy: $35 at Target
Best Soft Body Bags
Caboodles Long Tapered Heartthrob Tote
Description: The bag features black quilted fabric on the exterior and bright fuchsia on the interior; an open interior for storage of larger items and makeup brush straps in the lid for organization.
Why It Stands Out: This roomy bag makes it easy to bring your larger items, and the elastic bands along the inside perimeter keep your bottles securely in place. The black and bright pink are also the perfect combo of bold and chic.
KUSSHI Signature Bag
Description: Made with machine-washable fabric and inner mesh pockets and a zipper pocket for organization, the bag also has interior snaps for snapping into place the brand’s organizer (which is sold separately).
Why It Stands Out: You had us at machine washable. This bag is meant to handle spills by simply washing them away, and is durable enough that it stays looking new even after it’s been washed. The zipper also zips deep down into the bag, so you can open it wide and easily see and reach your products.
Where to Buy: $69 at Amazon
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