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From ultra-light culture bags over small space wonders up to suitcase-similar culture bags: They are like sand by the sea. The most practical (in my eyes) are still the ones you can hang. So today I’d like to introduce you to my new favourite culture bag – Deuter Wash Center I.
In my opinion, the toilet bag is one of the most important pieces of luggage when it comes to travelling – for both women and men.
From shampoo and shower gel to toothbrush and toothpaste as well as various make-up utensils to brush, manicure set and earplugs, everything is accommodated here. For women: Also the monthly hygiene should still find place in it as well as a small storage box for the jewellery.
It’s a good thing that there are so many different toilet bags that meet the different requirements of both women and men, isn’t it?
Until recently, I used a roll-up toilet bag. Although I could always find everything in this bag without any problems, but by rolling it up, the bag quickly became a huge ball, which took up a lot of space in the luggage. Too much space for my taste.
That’s why I started looking for a suitable alternative and found it: In the Deuter Wash Center I.
The right toilet bag: Requirements
Since I have already worn out or replaced several culture bags in my travel life, I always knew better on what I put with a culture bag worth.
So I was looking for a toilet bag that was as small as possible, but as big as necessary.
Moreover, it should be flat. Not that I would have to struggle again to put it in my luggage at the end.
Of course it had to be hanging again. Far too often I was already standing in small AirBnB baths, hostel shared showers or budget accommodations and didn’t know where to put my toilet bag. There were simply no free areas (or too small). A hanging toilet bag is already practical, because it finds its place at least at the door handle. Or on towel heaters, shower walls or small eyelets in the wall.
I wanted at least two (better three) compartments for all the small stuff that comes up. Like e.g. hair rubbers & clips, nail files, nail clippers, tweezers, make-up remover pads, etc..
And the new toilet bag should have at least one spacious main compartment for the other beauty products like soap, shampoo, brush, toothpaste and toothbrush, razor, cream, make-up, monthly hygiene & Co.
The Deuter Wash Center I Culture bag
During my research and the detailed examination in various sports shops, I decided for the Deuter Wash Center I.
On the one hand the attractive blue laughed at me.
In addition, I liked the size at first sight (and grip) very much. With the dimensions of 22 x 19 x 8 cm it has a capacity of 3 litres, but is still handy and especially flat.
But since in life not only the exterior is of importance, but also the inner values count, I took a closer look at it.
The Deuter Wash Center I is divided as follows:
- 1 outer compartment with zipper on the back.
- 2 smaller zipped compartments in the hinged lid. One with velcro mini-mirror.
- 1 large main compartment with many rubber loops and 3 mesh compartments for e.g. make-up.
- 1 removable mesh pocket with hooks for the shower.
In the rear outer compartment there is enough space for a few panty liners and emergency tampons. Alternatively there is space for things you rarely need (e.g. earplugs).
In the two smaller zipper compartments on the inside I put a file, nail clipper, nail scissors and tweezers. In the other compartment there are hair bands, hair clips and cotton pads.
The spacious main compartment, in which you can easily store a normal bottle of shampoo, surprises with three integrated mesh compartments and ten sewn-in rubber loops.
In the main compartment I put cream, shampoo and shower gel (alternatively a soap), hairbrush and a hairband. But there’s definitely room left here!
The mesh compartments store toothbrush and toothpaste, foot file, deodorant and a few make-up utensils like mascara, concealer and if necessary make-up remover.
In the rubber bands I put some hair clips and the razor.
And then there’s this fabulous removable mesh pocket for the shower. I haven’t needed it yet, but I can imagine that it’s a great thing, especially for the hostel, where there’s usually no storage space in the showers anyway. I am currently using the net as an extra subdivision in the main compartment of the toiletry bag.
However, if you also want to pack sun cream, volume mousse and hair spray in addition to your “normal” toilet bag utensils and these are not small travel sizes, you probably won’t have enough space.
But for this I would recommend you to pack everything in a separate waterproof bag, because it’s annoying if they leak out and dirty your other things.
By the way: What I put in my cool toilet bag, you can read in the article Toiletry bag packing list (for women & men)!
Deuter Wash Center I Toiletry Bag Conclusion
I love my new toilet bag!
It has all the qualities I wanted for a toiletry bag. It is not too big and not too small and fits perfectly into my Osprey Fairview 40!
Even when fully packed, it stays nice and flat. The seams are robust and the zipper also makes a high-quality impression.
The first trips to Paris, South Africa and New Zealand “my newcomer” passed with flying colours and I don’t want to give him up!
If you are still looking for a new toilet bag – I can really recommend the Deuter Wash Center I!
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Hey, I'm Melanie. Tuk Tuk enthusiasts 🚛, coffee lover ☕️, pretzel fan 🥨 and the face behind Backpack up and go.
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