Moving made easy: How to pack toiletries like a pro

Want to learn about packing toiletries for moving homes? Here’s all you need to know to pack toiletries safely and efficiently.

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If you’re moving houses, you’ll know that packing can quickly become overwhelming, especially if you don’t know where to start. When you’re getting ready to start packing toiletries and other bathroom items, don’t rush it! While a tiny part of your home, your bathroom is where many of your essentials live, so it’s important to get it right. 

Find out how to pack toiletries for moving safely and efficiently in this step-by-step guide.

How to pack bathroom items for moving

Step 1: Empty your shelves

bathroom shelves with toiletries

Just like how you would approach packing other parts of your home, the best way to start is by determining what you need to pack. Empty your shelves, cabinets, and drawers first. Lay out all your items so you can see everything in one pile. This will give you a better idea of what you can keep and what packaging materials you need.

Step 2: Sort your toiletries

toiletries sorted in containers

With all your bathroom items laid out, it will be easier to group them. To categorise your things, consider building a bathroom and toiletries packing list. The list can look like this:

  • Appliances: hairdryer, curling iron, electric razor  

  • Cosmetics: makeup and other beauty products

  • Oral care items: toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss

  • Skincare items: moisturiser, serum, cleanser, soap, lotion

  • Medicines and medical products: prescription medication, first aid kit, eye care products (also cotton swabs, cotton pads, etc.)

  • Feminine products: sanitary napkins, tampons, cups

  • Paper products: toilet paper, paper towels 

  • Hair products: brush, comb, styling products, shampoo, conditioner

  • Cleaning supplies: cleaning brush, plunger, bleach, soap

  • Linens: towel, bathrobe

  • Miscellaneous items: bathroom decor, containers, rugs

Pack an essentials kit and a first aid kit: Once your things are all sorted, set aside a few items you use daily. You’ll want to be able to access the things you’ll be using right up until moving day and within the first few days of settling into your new home. Store your medicines and other medical products together and keep them handy as a first aid kit.

Step 3: Declutter your bathroom items

empty and unused toiletries in basket

Sorting your bathroom items is an excellent opportunity to downsize. Doing so can ensure you’re only taking necessary things and saving time, space, and money—especially if your removal company charges by weight—during your move.

As a rule, the fewer bathroom items you can take, the better. Most bathroom items are risky to move as they are fragile or contain liquids.

Questions to ask yourself while purging

  1. Is it expired? Dispose of anything that is past the expiration date on the packaging. Additionally, note any unusual textures, colours, or smells in the products. Expired medicine, however, needs to be disposed of properly by taking it to your nearest hazardous waste facility.

  2. Is it empty or almost empty? You’ll want to discard unnecessary packaging or containers, like bottles or tubes. In terms of the products, try to use up what you can before you pack up. Otherwise, toss things like empty lotion tubes or grimy bars of soap in the trash. 

  3. Does it still serve me? If you have items you don’t use, consider giving them away or selling them at a lower price instead of taking them with you. Do you have a broken hand mirror you never got around to replacing? Throw it away. Do you have old, ragged rugs or towels? Keep those—they may help wrap fragile items.

  4. Is it safe to move? Your movers will not allow items that pose more risk when spilt, like paint or bleach, or flammable items, like nail polish. These would likely need to be transported on your own, so check with your removal company.

Step 4: Secure packaging materials

woman preparing packaging materials for packing

Now that you have a rough idea of what you’ll take on your move, you need to have your packaging supplies ready. Most materials are easy to acquire—you likely already have things you can use at home. Others can be improvised. Have the following ready:

Step 5: Start packing

skincare items in a wooden container

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re all set to pack toiletries and other bathroom items:


Use an accessible and easy-to-carry cosmetics bag to carry your essentials kit. This way, you wouldn’t need to do much and can quickly spot your kit while settling into your new place.

Liquid items

Any container with liquid poses a risk during moving, so you want to be sure these are packed as securely as possible. Bottles and tubes should be placed inside a plastic container. Use plastic wrap for open containers holding liquids. For tubes and plastic bottles, do the extra step of getting as much air out as possible before packing. Finally, make sure these items are positioned upright in their containers.

Tip: Some liquid products can freeze and burst if you’re moving during colder temperatures. While this shouldn’t be a problem for local moves, it may be risky for long-distance transport. Check with your removal company if they use temperature-controlled trucks in such cases.


Keep these in their own boxes, and provide extra cushioning, such as with bubble wrap or paper. 

Fragile items

Fragile items like perfume are trickier to move, so you want to pack each separately and cushion it with bubble wrap. Then, place them in a tight container to be transported upright. Any fragile item should clearly be labelled “Fragile.”

Makeup and other smaller items

Generally, these smaller, lighter items can be wrapped in plastic wrap as another layer of protection and placed in smaller boxes. Place accessories like makeup brushes into a resealable bag. To protect products like pressed powders, put a cotton pad on top of the powder before wrapping.


Keep your medications, bandaids, cotton swabs, and other medical products within close reach while moving. Use a small bag as your first aid kit.

The best way to pack toiletries for moving

Ensuring all your bathroom essentials get to your new place secure and spill-free involves great care and organization. Whether you require small removals or long-distance, guarantee your toiletries arrive at your new home in one piece by following these tips.

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FAQs on packing toiletries for moving

It depends on what kind they are. Removal companies typically restrict aerosols like deodorants, so it’s best to carry these with you (or not take them at all). Liquids need an extra layer of protection, like a plastic bag or cover. Glass items should be packed with bubble wrap, marked “fragile,” and transported upright.

Generally, try not to. It’s essential to take what is necessary. This will be less risky, and it will also save you time and money. However, if you have a lot of toiletries even after downsizing, ensure they’re tightly packed and protected with extra layers.

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