PurseBlog Asks

Are Luxury Toiletry Pouches Really Worth It?

Does it really matter what's on the inside (of your suitcase)?

When it comes to traveling, most of us opt for practical bag options that will not only get our items from point A to point B but will last. When it comes to style, it’s typically our carry-on personal item or our handbag bag accompanying us that shows off who we are versus the larger pieces that are, quite literally, meant to hold our lives for an extended period of time.

The perfect travel tote is one that can easily sit atop your carry-on or roller suitcase, and one with straps that can easily fit over the handle is even better. The Louis Vuitton Neverfull has long since been a popular choice for travelers thanks to its canvas body which offers durability and a flat bottom. In recent years, the Dior Book Tote has taken over and become a go-to for travelers looking to show off their more fashionable sides.

But what about what’s inside your suitcase or carry-on?

To Go Designer or Not to Go Designer?

Inside our suitcases is where the great debate begins. From packing cubes to travel organizers and dividers, there are many items one can buy to make packing more seamless and organized. And when it comes to packing toiletries, it is essential to store them in a toiletry bag not only for organizational purposes but to protect the rest of your stuff from potential explosions.

That exact, potentially damaging incident makes me leery of purchasing a designer toiletry case – whether my budget was unlimited or not. I see the appeal in them, I really do, and as someone who likes to stay organized in my hotel room with my pouches all lined up on the counter versus products strewn everywhere, it would be nice to see a few pretty pouches all in a row. However, I don’t think I could stomach spending upwards of $500 and seeing something completely destroyed.

That being said, I think designer toiletry pouches are worth the hype in some situations. It could be a good investment if you buy one that’s multi-purpose and can also be used as a clutch or inside trendy clear or knit bags that are see-through.

Where do you stand in this great debate?

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charlottawill
charlottawill
11 months ago

Just my opinion, no way. I don’t need a designer makeup or toiletry bag just to sit on the bathroom counter in a hotel. I consider myself a neat person but no matter how careful I am eventually they get messy inside and out. I wipe them down but still have to replace them after about five years. Much more tolerable when they’re $25-50. But to each their own.

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
11 months ago

When I see a woman carrying a toiletry pouch as a bag, it looks like a make-up bag.

Antonia
Antonia
11 months ago
Kiara H
Kiara H
11 months ago
Reply to  Antonia

Ok, this is super cute!!!! (As a toiletry bag or clutch!)

Antonia
Antonia
11 months ago
Reply to  Kiara H

Thank you Kiara! 🙂

Jaime Stephens
Jaime Stephens
11 months ago
Reply to  Antonia

I think it does!

charlottawill
charlottawill
11 months ago
Reply to  Antonia

Exactly. It’s too nice to risk getting ruined by makeup or spills.

Antonia
Antonia
11 months ago
Reply to  charlottawill

Thank you!! 🙂

Amanda R
Amanda R
11 months ago

I love them! I use them for travel in our camper, so I don’t really worry about airport travel. That would be a bit more worrisome, as they’d be tossed about more. LV monogram toiletry bags inside LV monogram keepalls. 😊 It makes my heart happy, and that’s all the reason I need!

Terri
Terri
11 months ago

I use the airline amenity kit so I don’t have to worry about it being ruined (and it’s designer, not that it matters)

Tom
Tom
11 months ago
Reply to  Terri

Am with you!! In addition it’s a free gift from airlines and most of them are good quality!!! Especially Emirates, ANA and British Airway in first class! 😊

Anna
Anna
11 months ago
Reply to  Terri

What is an “airline amenity kit”? I’m not familiar. Thx!

Terri
Terri
11 months ago
Reply to  Anna

Bvlgari x Emirates.
Hope this helps! 🙂

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Terri
Terri
11 months ago
Reply to  Anna

Like Adangerousbeauti said, here are some photos from the site Liveandletsfly.
This one is Rimowa x EVA Air

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Adangerousbeauti
Adangerousbeauti
11 months ago
Reply to  Anna

it’s a toiletry kit that contains toothbrush, eye mask, etc

Passerine
Passerine
11 months ago

Not to me because I tend to use them when traveling and those are freebies from Kiehls etc. I have only a couple of small pouches that I use in my bags and they are not premium designer; they each cost less than $40. I will never carry a see-through bag as that reminds me of the old days of working in a retail department store where you had to put your things in transparent bags to show you weren’t stealing. 🙁 However, if someone likes having them and can use them in multiple ways, then why not?

Jaime
Jaime
11 months ago
Reply to  Passerine

I don’t like plastic bags but to attend any concert or sporting event they are required. So I have a few pouches I can pop in my horrific clear bag. LOL

Antonia
Antonia
11 months ago

If you can get multiple uses out of it, I say go for it. I have a Gucci make up bag that I use as a purse by adding a strap to it. I’ve never used it as a make up bag because I have an LV toiletry vintage bag that I keep my makeup in.

Anna
Anna
11 months ago
Reply to  Antonia

I have a Gucci make up bag too, but I never thought to use it as a purse. That’s brilliant!

Antonia
Antonia
11 months ago
Reply to  Anna

Thank you! Yes, here is a pic of mine with both a cross body strap and a chain strap attached.
https://forum.purseblog.com/attachments/img_20230125_0824090-jpg.5709382/

lalarey
lalarey
11 months ago

I just never would because stuff inside my bags get TRASHED. I have some old henri bendel saffiano pouches that have held up well so I do use those, but no way canvas would survive. This is what I use my freebies from sephora for. But also, I have a kid so there’s usually wipes, a water bottle, snacks, and it’s not unusual for me to have a half eaten banana or some other opened food reject that I have a strong feeling will be requested immediately if I throw it away before we get home.

Sharyn
Sharyn
11 months ago

I have the LV Toiletry 26 and Cosmetic GM bags which I use all the time (travel 20+ times/year) and have had for over 10 years. Still in great shape with no major spillage. If you enjoy the bags, don’t let that hold you back!

Nonny
Nonny
11 months ago

Recently divorced, i have just started travelling – alone. I love to have my Longchamp with me including for toiletries and cosmetics. Longchamp is not very cheap in Singapore. Upper mid range perhaps.

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Adangerousbeauti
Adangerousbeauti
11 months ago

I use them for the IG likes. Ha

Courtney
Courtney
11 months ago

I bought the toiletry 19 about 8 years ago but I’ve always used it as either a catch all or as a clutch. I fell in love with how soft the lambskin leather is on my YSL Lolita pouch, and also use that as a chic date night clutch. As far as actual toiletries go, I’d much rather use a cheapy makeup bag that wouldn’t upset me if it got dirty.

Kimberly
Kimberly
11 months ago

Don’t get me wrong, I love my designer bags, but bc my toxic trait is that I require EVERY SINGLE of my personal items in miniature form when I travel – I need a LARGE toiletry bag. I’ve yet to find a Gucci, LV or Dior bag big enough. Also, I just started using a silicone cover on my wet toiletries (thx to TT) they works remarkably well during my recent trip to Cabo! Safe travels everyone!