It’s not hard to stay vegan while traveling, especially if you plan your trip. If not, then you’ll have to use whatever you can or scour shops in panic.

First thing, remember to buy some mini bottles or containers as these are a lot easier to pack than full-sized products. If you take your cosmetics in your carry-on, remember that containers for liquids can’t exceed 100 ml. If you take shampoo bars or soap, remember to pack them in metal tins.

Hygiene and home care products: essentials

Choose whatever you need.

  • Shampoo bar. Can also be used as soap, shower gel, and dish soap.
  • Soap bar. Can also be used as shower gel, laundry detergent, and dish soap. However you’d better not use it as shampoo, your hair will get tangled.
  • Deodorant. To keep it compact you can take a piece of alum or deodorant bar. You can also use talc — it keeps the sweat and odor away and also lubricates, so it can save you from inner thigh chafing.
  • Laundry soap. It can be used for dishes and laundry, and also as a regular soap in case of emergency.
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush.
  • Menstrual hygiene products if needed: menstrual cup, pads, tampons.

Hygiene and home care products: extended list

Choose whatever you need from this list.

  • Shampoo.
  • Hair conditioner/hair mask.
  • Soap.
  • Shower gel.
  • Face, hand, and body cream.
  • Makeup remover.
  • Skincare and makeup.
  • Dish soap.
  • Laundry detergent.
  • Fabric softener.
  • Sanitizer.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Insect repellent.

First aid kit

  • Your daily meds and prescriptions for them.
  • Basics: painkillers, ibuprofen, antihistamines (especially if you have allergies).
  • Bandages.
  • Saline/chlorhexidine/hydrogen peroxide for disinfection.
  • Healing ointment.
  • Vitamins, for example, B12.
  • Oral contraceptives if you take them.
  • Contact lenses and contact lens solution if you wear them.


  • Cosmetic bag to put things into. A transparent ziplock bag would be perfect, it’s easy to check at security if you travel by plane.
  • Metal tins for shampoo and soap bars.
  • 100ml bottles. They can be found in makeup/cosmetic shops.
  • Hairbrush. Think about getting a compact one or a comb.
  • Mimikaki, silicone swabs, reusable cotton pads, or their disposable alternatives.
  • Shower sponge or loofah.
  • Hair elastics and scrunchies if you have long hair.
  • Razor/shaver. If you are taking a plane checking in only your carry-on, remember to check the rules for bringing your type of shaver.
  • Nail clippers and nail scissors, also remember to check the rules.
  • Tweezers.

Sex and masturbation

  • Lubricant.
  • Condoms, dental dam, and gloves.
  • Sex toys. Put them into a plastic bag if you have them in your carry-on. Like any other electronics, you’ll have to put them into a container (except for most modern airports, like Helsinki or Amsterdam).

This list, of course, is not exhaustive. However, I am sure it may be of great help for those who are packing for a trip, plus it is easily customizable.

Translated by Arina B.
Edited by Anastasia Sirotkina