It's the most wonderful time of the year! Or is it? Between dodging sick relatives and having to always look your best, you've got to make sure you're prepared for anything as you pack for the holidays.

13 Essentials for Your Toiletry Bag this Holiday Season

Here are 13 items you should be packing in your toiletry bag before heading home for the holidays.



blue package of orange emergen-c, package of emergen-c with glass filled with emergen-c

Chances are you’ll be hugging, shaking hands, and sitting closely around the fire with relatives, friends, and kids this holiday season. The probability is high that at least one of those people will have some sort illness. Get on top of things by throwing a few packs of Emergen-C in your toiletry bag. Each packet contains Vitamins D,C, Zinc, and other nutrients that are sure to give you a boost.

Amazon User Review: I love this product and have been using it for years! Whenever I travel, I make sure to always bring these with me.”

Price: $11.98 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 5


Mountain Falls Hand Sanitizer


6 bottles of hand sanitizer, single bottle of green hand sanitizer


Another easy way to ensure you don’t get great aunt Barb’s cold. Dab some hand sanitizer on your hands after she gives you the annual hand squeeze. This sanitizer from Mountain Falls kills 99.9% of germs, plus has added aloe and vitamin e, moisturizing your hands in the process. Comes in a 6 pack of 2oz bottles.

Amazon User Review: “I bought this product for travel and it met all my expectations. Scent was mild and not overpowering which was my goal in a hand sanitizer.”

Price: $8.49 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4.5




container of chewy bites tums, container of assorted fruit tums

It’s the holidays—calories don’t count! It’s a great theory, but it may get you in trouble, and not just around the waistline. Curb any heartburn with Tums, which certainly have stood the test of time. Full of calcium to soothe your stomach, and in berry flavors.

Amazon User Review: “These work great for me when I have heartburn from when I have be polite and eat the processed crap my mother in law calls food.”  

Price: $8.85 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4.5




3 packs of travel sized kleenex

From the smells of the season (cinnamon pinecones, anyone?), to perhaps not curbing that cold fast enough, you may find yourself in need of a tissue this holiday season. Throw a pack of these travel sized packs in your toiletry bag so you’re prepared. Especially if your mom prefers to buy the one-ply no-name tissues. Do your nose a favor. Available in packs of 8, 16, and 24.

Amazon User Review: They do what they need to do and fit perfectly in my work bag. I'm on the bus and heading into the city by 7 am and it's often quite cold out. More than once I've offered a tissue to a fellow traveler with a sniffly nose. Definitely convenient to carry on you.”

Price: From $2.28 on Amazon 

Average Star Rating: 4.5

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miracle hand repair

Cold weather is never helpful for our skin. Take along some Aloe All Over to keep your skin looking youthful. Made with aloe, chamomile, evening primrose, and vitamin e, it absorbs quickly and has a light scent. Comes in a 3-pack of 1 oz tubes.

Amazon User Review: I love this hand cream. In the winter, my hands can get very dry, red and cracked. By using just a small amount of this cream a few times per day, it softens my hands and relieves the pain quickly. And it doesn't leave my hands feeling oily or greasy. Great stuff. I keep travel sizes on hand to put in my travel backpack too.”

Price: $7.99 on Amazon
Average Star Rating: 4.5


Drinkwel Hangover Aid


bottle of drinkwell hangover aid, bottle of drinkwel with pills spilled out next to it


If during the holidays, you tend to start the day with a mimosa, and don’t stop the cocktails until bed, you may need a hangover helper. This nutrient supplement and liver support from drinkwel will keep you  alert as the kids in your family squeal with delight on Christmas morning. Filled with vitamins and minerals that help process alcohol induced toxins, and maintain energy. Take 3 with water before you start drinking, 3 more before bed, and you’ll feel the difference.

Amazon User Review: Take 3 before you drink any alcohol, and then enjoy your evening (or day or whatever.) Do NOT FORGET the extra 3 before you go to bed and are done with any drinks. You will feel absolutely normal in the am. Great for holidays or get-togethers, share with your friends!”

Price: Starting at $17.99 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4.5


Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm


blue bottle of jack black lip balm


Another must for anyone traveling to colder weather. Our lips tend to get crack and dried.void that look for the family portrait by throwing some of this lip balm in your toiletry bag. With sun protection, wind protection, skin conditioners, and antioxidents that soothe, your lips will thank you. Available in 7 flavors.

Amazon User Review: “One of the best lip care products out there. Not too minty and even when I am traveling...keeps my lips hydrated.”

Price: Starting at $8.00 on Amazon
Average Star Rating: 4.5


Eye Mask


pink eye mask, woman wearing blue eye mask


You may find yourself getting less sleep when you’re away for the holidays, which often can lead to puffy eyes. This reusable compress from Optix 55 can be used hot or cold and has Ergo Bead Technology so that the mask contours to the shape of your eyes. It’s also effective against headaches, another symptom of too much family time. Available in 4 colors and washable.

Amazon User Review: I really love that this mask has the plastic & soft side - depending how puffy my morning eyes are, it’s nice to be able to choose which "level" of chill I will use. Another MAJOR plus, is the fact that this eye mask actually covers the eyelids.( I never understood the point of other masks having the eye holes available, especially when eyelids get puffy as well) 5-10 minutes with this mask on and I am ready for the day!”

Price: $12.55 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4.5




bottles of nature made melatonin



I always find it hard to sleep in an unfamiliar bed. And if you’re staying somewhere with people jammed in every corner, you may find yourself on a blow up mattress in the living room. Take along some melatonin to ensure a good night’s sleep. This melatonin from Nature Made is all natural, with 5mg of melatonin per capsule. 90 Tablets per bottle.

Amazon User Review: Bought these to help my mother go to sleep instead of her prescription lunesta. She says these work just as well, and the side effects are much much less. Would recommend to anyone having a little bit of a problem sleeping. Good brand with along history.”

Price: $8.35 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4.5




small bottle of cologne, large red bottle of live color fully perfume by kate spade


Do everyone at your holiday get-togethers a favor, and make sure you smell nice. Just make sure not to douse yourself in it for those guests who are scent-sensitive. Some of our favorites are Nest Citrine, Kate Spade Live Colorfully, Burberry London Eau de Toilette for Men, and Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine

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Price: Varies by scent

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Glo 4 Piece Make-up Set


Glo make up, glo lip balm, glo blush


From parties and dinners to meeting friends for drinks, you’re going to want to look your best. This 4 piece make-up collection from Glo won’t take up too much space in your toiletry bag, and has everything you need to give your face a little pick-me-up, including eye shadow, lip liner, lip gloss, and blush.

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Price: $52.00 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: n/a


Essential Oils


box of essential oils


Whether it’s helping you to relax, fighting infections, soothing a belly ache, or giving yourself an energy boost, essential oils are said to be able to do it all. Bring along this variety pack of oils with you for whatever your needs may be. 100% natural, with leak proof caps and a “recipe book” included. This set comes with tea tree, lemongrass, eucalyptus, rosemary, orange, lavender, peppermint, and frankincense oils.

Amazon User Review: I am not an expert on oils as this is my first set. But I have to say I think they are wonderful. My daughter came home sick with a cold/allergies so we used the peppermint and eucalyptus in the diffuser. We suffer from allergies here in Texas quite a bit so this is great. My whole family loves these oils I will definitely order again.”

Price: $19.95 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4


Beard Grooming Kit


beard grooming kit, man with beard brushing his beard

You know that grandma will be commenting on your facial hair, so you’ll want to make sure it’s in fine form. This beard grooming kit has everything you need, including a travel bag! Includes a balm and an oil made from 100% natural ingredients, scissors, and a bristle brush.

Amazon User Review: Goes great with the beard balm I got him to go with it. Good quality and doesn't irritate sensitive skin. Easy to clean and compact enough to travel with.”

Price: $26.99 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4.5

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