When I say cosmetics bag, this Lay-n-Go drawstring bag is perfect for all those small items that you need to access when you’re travelling. And although it was developed for cosmetics, the non-make-up-wearing man will find this ideal for his toiletries too.

Have you ever been in a public restroom in an airport, restaurant, campsite or railway station and decided that you need to brush your hair, apply lip balm or one of those hundreds of ‘personal care’ issues that crop up?

And have you had to rummage in your bag to find what you need? Then, if you’re like me, something rolls out of your bag and into the wet sink? Here’s the answer:

That doesn’t look very exciting does it?


But it opens out into a kind of tray, with side walls, and this means that you can see everything and nothing will roll away.

See the drawstring? Pull it and the ‘tray’ reverts to a small bag that takes up very little space in your backpack or hand luggage.

Although it is intended for cosmetics, here’s what I keep in mine in addition to basic make up items:

  • A folding hairbrush
  • Prescription pills
  • Ballet slippers
  • A Swiss Army card (see below)
  • Tiny spray bottle of water to hydrate facial skin on flights
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Wet wipes
  • Travel toothbrush and paste
  • Lip balm
  • Small deodorant stick
  • Mini pack of tissues

Because of the drawstring, the bag can be easily hung on a hook in the bathroom in your hotel or rental – or even from a low branch if you’re camping.

It’s also very useful if you’re staying in an Airbnb rental with a shared bathroom – everything you need for your bathroom visits can be held inside this clever bag.

You’ll use it all the time when you’re at home too and you’ll be pleased to know that not only is the bag easy to wipe clean but it’s also machine washable.

What to carry in your bag

A few ideas

Folding mirror

I’ve travelled with one of these for many years. They are totally brilliant and last forever. Useful mirror too.

Folding ballet slippers

So many uses. Especially going to the airplane loo if you take your shoes off!

Essential for travel

So many useful tools taking to only the space of a credit card. You’ll find that you use it at home too.

A necessity

You’ll use these so often for cleaning up messes and staying clean yourself. These are useful when travelling and at home.

Toothbrush and paste

Nothing makes you feel fresher than brushing your teeth. Carry toothbrush and paste always.

Spray bottle

Especially when you’re flying, spray your face with water to keep skin hydrated. It takes up very little space in your bag.

Antiseptic cream

Good for so many things – when you’re travelling, on vacation or even at home – especially if you have kids.

Pack of tissues

How many times do I use these when travelling? They also make great emergency toilet paper if needed 😉



JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.
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