Toiletry bag

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Toiletry bag

A toilet bag or toiletry bag is a small tank for the storage of hygiene articles; for example, toothbrush and toothpaste , or utensils for nail care, such as nail file and nail clippers .

The term has only been in use since the middle of the 20th century. Other common terms for the culture bags are toilet bag , beach bag , laundry bag , wash bag and toilet bag . The term Necessaire ([ nes Rheinlandsɛ: ɐ̯ ], from French nécessaire for “necessary”) is common in the German-speaking regions of Switzerland and the Rhineland . This is sometimes also used for small containers for sewing tools. In Russian , Nesesser (несессер) has established itself as a loan word . For toiletry bags distributed free of charge to passengers, airlines prefer to use the terms amenity kit or amenity bag instead of the usual English terms such as body hygiene kit , toilet bag or travel kit .


  • Heiner Meininghaus: Necessaires. An 18th century fashion accessory. In: Weltkunst . Volume 73, No. 14, December 2003.
  • Gerhard Müller: Toiletry Bag (PDF; 136 kB).

Web links

Commons : Toiletry Bag  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files
Wiktionary: Necessaire  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Duden | Toiletry case, Nessessary | Spelling, meaning, definition, origin. In: Retrieved September 10, 2016 .