toi·​let·​ry | \ˈtȯi-lə-trē \
plural toiletries

Definition of toiletry 

: an article or preparation (such as toothpaste, shaving cream, or cologne) used in cleaning or grooming oneself usually used in plural

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Don't worry, just ask for a care package with all the basics, like these: Keep track of all of your toiletries with an easy to carry caddy. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "15 Care Package Items for Every Kind of College Student," 2 Aug. 2018 Cuyana's well-made, minimalist travel set includes two pebbled leather pouches: One bigger bag, for storing toiletries and tools, and a smaller pouch, for stashing makeup essentials and/or hairpins. Maria Cassano, Allure, "The 21 Best Makeup Bags and Cosmetic Cases for Every Budget," 29 Aug. 2018 Luckily, this one from Simplehuman has adjustable stainless steel shelves that move up and down to accommodate all sizes of toiletries. Maria Cassano, Allure, "The 15 Best Shower Organizers You Can Get Online Right Now," 5 Aug. 2018 The properties all offer check-in with a company employee, 24-hour support services, professional cleaning and hotel-style toiletries. New York Times, "Blurring Lines, Hotels Get Into the Home-Sharing Business," 2 July 2018 Be sure to leave behind any unused toiletries: Kimpton hotels contribute to Clean the World, an organization that distributes personal care items to impoverished communities. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Stunning Eco-Friendly Hotels," 22 Jan. 2018 The magic of OneFineStay is its ability to subtly blend the creature comforts and standards of luxury hotels (fresh linens and towels, Le Labo toiletries, a lamp on every bedside table) with the quirks and personal feel of staying in someone's home. Genevieve Mimeault, ELLE Decor, "The Ultimate Travel Guide For A Coastal California Road Trip," 24 Oct. 2016 Every cabin gets white-glove 24-hour butler service, Pratesi linens, nine-option pillow menus, and Bulgari toiletries. Veronica Stoddart, Condé Nast Traveler, "New Expedition Ships: Small but Mighty Appealing," 14 June 2018 The spacious front-zip pocket, plus three more on the outside, keep everything from toiletries to dirty laundry tidy. The Editors, Outside Online, "Killer Deals on Camping Gear at," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of toiletry

1917, in the meaning defined above

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