10 best men's wash bags to help you groom on the go
Pack up all your bathroom basics and take them with you in a reliable holder
The modern man’s selection of toiletries is bigger than ever, with faces to keep moisturised, beards to keep oiled and eyebrows to keep tidy.
But if you’re anything like us, a transparent airport pouch won’t quite cut it when it comes to keeping yourself fresh when you’re away from home.
Whether you’re jetting off around South East Asia on a gap year or packing your bags ahead of a week’s camping in the New Forest, having a sturdy, efficient, but fashionable wash bag is absolutely essential.
From basic but reliable, to high-end and luxury, there’s a wash bag to suit every man’s toiletry needs, and we’ve picked out some of our favourite wash bags available now.
Sandqvist TEO wash bag: £69, Sandqvist
The Swedish brand Sandqvist is best known for is minimalistic designs, but is equally as renowned for its ethical approach to sustainability. This one is made from 100 per cent recycled polyester, that not only makes it environmentally friendly but water-resistant too. Alongside its four different zipped compartments, there’s a neat stow-away hook which means you can hang it from almost anything, making it the ideal travelling companion.
Triumph & Disaster olive the dopp: £75, Triumph and Disaster
Made with a beautiful leather outer (that smells great too), Triumph and Disaster’s wash bag is as aesthetically pleasing as it is practical. Its dome pocket opening mechanism allows you to see all the tools you have at your disposal, while the waterproof base compartment makes a great home for the wetter items.
Quiksliver capsule wash bag: £32, Zalando
Quiksilver’s rich history of making durable sportswear is more than apparent in their capsule washbag. Simple in its design, it’s made from waterproof polyester and has a spacious interior, while the front pocket could be perfect for smaller items. It’s strong handle ensures it’s easy to carry, making it the ideal wash bag for those always on-the-move.
Rains yellow wash bag: £25, Rains
Here’s another example of Scandinavian simplicity, this time from Danish brand RAINS who bring us this sleek looking yellow wash bag. Known mostly for making stylish waterproof outerwear, this take on a wash bag is just as good looking, while the webbing grab handle and water-repellent zipper have come straight from the outerwear department. Perfect for the more outdoorsy adventurer.
Balenciaga logo canvas wash bag: £365, Selfridges
For those seeking a more high-end wash bag, Balenciaga has you covered. In-keeping with everything we’ve come to expect from the Spanish brand, this wash bag features the iconic Balenciaga logo, neatly studded ends and an inside big enough for your entire bathroom. While it’s rather a lot more expensive than the others, if you know, you know.
Barbour leather wash bag: £69.95, Barbour
Barbour is one of the most-loved British brands around, and its reputation for making excellent and durable product is second to none. The tanned leather wash bag – that also comes in a black colourway – is made with luxurious British leather and features the logo on on a raised tab, with its tartan interior that’s become synonymous with the majority of its products. It’s a British bag that your dad will absolutely love.
Otis Batterbee Fenton printed wash bag: £38, Farfetch
As one of the masters of travelling in style, Otis and Batterbee’s wacky art-deco inspired accessories make them eye-catching and with a strong top zip fastening and fully waterproof interior, it’s clear Otis Batterbee knows exactly what they’re doing. Their quality and design will give you the high-end feel, for that slightly cheaper price.
D R Harris Tweed wash bag: £85, The Grooming Clinic
Nothing says British traditionalism quite like Harris Tweed. Hand-made on the Isle of Lewis, this D R Harris Tweed wash bag is a lighter version of the traditional tweed we usually see, but just as recognisable. It holds two compartments – one spacious main and a smaller zipped – and has the famous brand patch on the outer. An excellent choice for those looking for a wash bag made with love.
MUJI hanging wash bag: £14.95, MUJI
Japanese design has always been compact and to-the-point and wash bags are no different. For MUJI, the materials it uses to make its products are as important as the products themselves, and the hanging wash bag that’s made from 100 per cent polyester has been designed to perfection. With an interior hook, the bag can easily hang from anything and unravel to reveal all, making it an easy task to keep fresh while away. Cheaper than most, yet expertly designed.
Polo Ralph Lauren tie silk wash bag: £195, End Clothing
About as preppy as a wash bag can be, Polo Ralph Lauren’s tie silk wash bag is very Ivy League track and field, but is about as practical and spacious as they come. Featuring Ralph Lauren detailing across the zipped leather and lined with silk, the American brand’s take on a traditional wash bag is perfect for those with a slightly larger array of toiletries.
The verdict: Men’s wash bags
The TEO wash bag from Swedish brand Sandqvist comes top for us, as not only does it have a minimalistic-yet-premium look pleasing to the eye, but the fact it’s made from 100 per cent recycled materials means it’s doing good things for our planet too. The Otis Batterbee Fenton printed wash bag would be our choice for the more outlandish of travellers keen to catch the eye, while the Rains yellow wash bag still oozes style and simplicity, but for a slightly cheaper price.
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