I’m putting together a list of my favorite travel items that make my time on the road easier. Once I get a few of them written up, I’ll find a useful section on the site for them. For now, you can see the review I wrote on my favorite portable phone charger and a list of some items we found invaluable for traveling with kids.
For years, I had a travel toiletry kit that I hated. It didn’t fit everything I wanted and was bulky. I upgraded to a mini Rimowa case I got as a gift, but it wasn’t big enough to hold things like my comb and electric toothbrush.
Then, I tested out the Express Toiletry Kit from Briggs & Riley. It’s the perfect kit for me for a number of reasons. Let’s start with a couple of pictures:
The kit is easy to fit into tight spaces in my suitcase/backpack. You can roll it up and zip it shut and put it in your rollaboard. Or, lay it out flat for a thinner profile (both compartments zip independently) and slide it into a backpack. I can easily fit my electric toothbrush case, deodorant, comb, Q-tips, razor and electric trimmer with space to spare. On the liquid side, while it’s not waterproof, it’s fairly water-resistant. And, it fits more than a quart-sized bag of liquids. So, if you qualify for TSA PreCheck and have a few extra things to bring, it generally holds everything together tightly, so I’ve never been flagged when I had an extra bottle of liquids outside of my baggie.
It has a velcro loop that easily adjusts for hanging from a hook on the back of a door as well as a vent pouch on the back that can be used to hang over towel rods, etc.
And, like all Briggs & Riley products, it comes with a lifetime warranty, though I can’t imagine what I could possibly do to a toiletry kit to break it. I guess a zipper could fail, but I’ve never had a B&R zipper fail.
Amazon carries them (link to view and purchase), as do most online luggage stores, but you won’t find the products discounted very often.
Before I could buy one for myself my wife whispered in my dad’s ear and one showed up for my birthday last year. It’s a really simple travel piece, and yet it’s an absolute perfect fit for me.
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