How I organize travel size items: New video

Today I wanted to show you how I organize all of my travel-size items.

These are items that I get for free or close to it when I pair them with my coupons at the store (I seem to collect quite a few). I also receive many free samples in the mail, which usually travel size.

This is how I keep them organized:

1. I weed through the items and get rid of the ones that I don’t want or need (and likely only “purchased” because they were free), and then I put all of the extra overflows into our stockpile in the basement.

What’s left goes into this one bin, which sits in our linen closet.

Having this basket, organized, prevents us from having to go all the way down to the basement to get a new item when we run out of something.

2. I have containers/baskets inside my basket to corral those really small items, such as shampoo sample packets.

I also keep the following items in our basket:

– Hair Spray
– Body Wash
– Toothpaste
– Shaving Cream/Gel
– Lotion
– Deodorant
– Mouthwash
– Hand Sanitizer
– Facial Cleanser

It’s so much easier to have this one basket with ready to use items in our linen closet, as opposed to having them in a jumbled mess in the basement.

How do you organize your travel size items? Please share in the comments.


  1. KD

    I travel a lot for business and inevitably wind up with hotel bottles of shampoos, conditioners, and body washes. As well, I will pick up lots of free ones with coupons. Like Mrs. J, some I like, some I don’t care for. So once a year, I take all the ones I know I won’t use to the local Ronald McDonald House. Families using the House are there because they have had a child become suddenly ill, and often haven’t had a chance to pack properly for themselves. They are always very grateful…

  2. R.S

    I love to shop the travel size once it’s free. i am from Guyana i normally stock up once every year around christma i would send barrel for my family back home and they are very great ful for what ver little i can send .and its better for me too because i dont really feel the financial strane at the end so i got the whole year to stock up .

  3. Krista

    I stock up of free travel size items that come in the mail or obtained with a coupon. These go to the youth shelter once at year, usually around Christmas. I try to get enough for guys too since they seem to be left out a lot.

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