A OneNine5 Moeraki Grey, Eco-Conscious Wash Bag

The Essentials (and Checklist) For Your Wash Bag

History of the Wash Bag

The Wash Bag (often referred to as the ‘Dopp Kit’ in the US or the toilet bag in Australia) has been around for over 100 years. Originally used by US military during World War I & II, it was required to carry toiletries and grooming essentials for soldiers to maintain a high-level of hygiene. Soldiers would pack the basics such as toothpaste, shampoo, shaving cream, razor, soap and a comb. With the wide range of cosmetics and toiletries available today, it’s fair to say the needs of the modern traveller have evolved beyond the soldier’s essentials.

A close-up of a OneNine5 Havelock Blue, eco-conscious toiletry bag

Travel in 2020

Global travel is at an all-time high, with 4.3 billion air passengers recorded in 2018. The need for hassle-free travel and efficient packing is upon us, yet the original wash bag, over a century on, is still unchanged. Those tired black or brown leather wash bags for males or floral cotton pouches for females, still dominate most retail shelves and online stores. OneNine5 are here to change this and have reimagined the wash bag for the needs of the modern traveller.
Whether you’re travelling round South America, spending a long weekend in Europe or just heading home to visit family for a couple of days, the wash bag is an essential in your suitcase or backpack.

Your Wash Bag Checklist

If you’re reading this with an unpacked suitcase in front of you, don’t panic. We’ve compiled a handy checklist below of the essentials for your OneNine5 wash bag to help you on your way. Where you see a ♻ - it’s a friendly reminder that you can find an eco-friendly/ plastic free option out there to pack in your toiletry bag.

The Wash Bag Checklist:


  • Toothbrush ♻
  • Toothpaste ♻
  • Mouthwash
  • Dental floss ♻


  • Moisturiser
  • SPF ♻
  • Aftersun
  • Lip balm
  • Face cleanser/ wipes ♻

Body & Bath

  • Body wash/ soap ♻
  • Razor ♻
  • Shave cream
  • Deodorant/ Anti-perspirant ♻
  • Aftershave/ Perfume


  • Shampoo ♻
  • Conditioner
  • Hair Product
  • Hair Spray

Other Essentials for the Wash Bag

  • Painkillers
  • Contraception ♻
  • Plasters
  • Tweezers