Toiletries Packing List for Women

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When you pack for your study abroad trip, put your toiletries in a plastic bag at the top of your checked suitcase. To save room in your suitcase, buy standard toiletry items such as shampoo, conditioner and body wash in your host country. You can purchase most toiletries abroad. Large amounts of toiletries can take up a lot of luggage room, so only bring a month or so’s worth or if you are particular about a certain product or brand.

Be aware that only 3.4 fluid ounces (100 mL) of liquid items are allowed in your carry-on luggage (most standard travel-sized shampoos and conditioners fit these limits). Store these items in clear, re-sealable, plastic bags. A Compliant Toiletry Kit for your carry-on bag as per the US Transportation Security Administration is 1-quart zip-top Ziploc bag. Consult the Transportation Security Administration website for details and further explanation.

Toiletries that Women Should Pack

  • Shampoo/Conditioner/other personal hair products
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/floss
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Brush/Comb
  • Razors
  • Contraceptives
  • Tissues
  • Acne medication/cream
  • Face wash/lotion/moisturizer
  • Loofah/washcloth
  • Mouthwash (small)
  • Nail clipper/Nail File
  • Contacts, solution and case (make sure you have all the contacts you’ll need for your time abroad)
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup


  • Eye Glasses and glasses case
  • Sunglasses
  • Flip flops for showering
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair ties
  • Headbands
  • Sunscreen
  • Tampons and pads
  • Tweezers

Tip: Because of the voltage differences in many electronic products, you may want to wait until you’re in your host country to buy items such as a blow dryer or hair straightener.


  • Prescription Medication – enough for the time you will be abroad
  • Written Prescription from home physician with chemical name of medications
  • Birth control
  • A mini first‐aid kit with a supply of adhesive bandages, band aids, antiseptic, antibacterial cream, over-the-counter pain medicine, allergy medicine, cold and flu medicine
  • Eye drops
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Vitamins

Remember to check if the medications you take are legal in the country that you’re going to by contacting the country’s embassy. Some over-the-counter medications are illegal outside of the United States.

Carry both your prescription medications and your over-the-counter medications in their original packaging.

Using this toiletries checklist, you can be assured that your toiletries, bath and medication requirements while abroad are everything you need!

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