It’s something so simple to account for on your travels but it’s also something that’s going to require a dedicated carrying case of some kind. Of course, we’re talking about soap. Whether wet or dry, soap isn’t exactly the best thing to have just resting in your bag or backpack by itself.
Now, if you have a travel soap case to put in your backpack or bag with the soap already inside, then you’re in business. Yet, how complicated is it to find a case that can carry soap? That sounds pretty darn trivial, right?
Well, let’s just say the market is overflowing with travel soap case options and while a lot of them will be similar, there will still be those that stand above the rest of the pack. Do you see where we’re going with this? Indeed, let’s take a look at the 10 best (and affordable) selections that we feel are well worth the money.
1. FlatPak Soap Bar Case
Yes, it’s kind of ironic how our top choice is the most expensive. Yet, here’s the thing, when you factor in the top-notch quality of this bag, it really does warrant the price. Plus, it’s not as if this is going to break the bank by any stretch of the imagination.
Okay, so why is this case so good? Well, for starters, as just alluded to, the quality is just fantastic. This case should last you for quite a long time (and will more than likely outlast any of the others on this list). With its Hypalon rolltop closure, YKK buckle, and fabric design, it’s designed for those who like to travel with soap often.
Sure, if you only need to travel with soap a couple of times out of the year, the more affordable options below will probably be better choices. However, again, let’s not act as if this is over $100 or anything like that.
- Quality is as good as it gets
- Completely waterproof
- It can get smaller as the soap does
- Not the best for bulky soap bars
- Doesn’t dry the soap inside very well
- Not the most affordable option
2. Portineer Carry-Dri Soap Container
When envisioning a travel soap case, we feel that many people will probably picture something like this. Sure, you can still find cheaper options than this, but this should be considered affordable for just about anyone out there.
For under $10 (at least at the time of this writing), it’s tough to ask for better quality, practicality, and value than this. Though this does sport an ABS plastic housing, it’s tough enough to withstand wear and tear. If you tried hard enough you could break it, but normal use shouldn’t see any issues in this area.
Arguably the best aspect of its design, however, is the ventilation holes. While still preventing leaks (just don’t close the lid with a bunch of water inside) thanks to the silicone seal, your soap will still be able to dry inside of this case.
- Extremely high-quality case
- Soap can dry inside
- Does a good job of preventing leaks
- On the small side
- Can be hard to open
- Still cheaper options available
3. Kiasona Travel Soap Box
It’s even easy to see when looking at a picture of this travel soap case but it has a standout feature that, quite honestly, is one of the main reasons it landed so high on this list. You guessed it, it’s the silicone band that seals this sucker shut.
And when they claim that the band holds this box firmly, they’re not joking around. In fact, it can be a little difficult to get the band off (though it’s not anything too tricky). When traveling with this, there will be no doubt in your mind that leaking will not be an issue.
Plus, the interior sponge mat works to absorb excess moisture to keep your bar of soap from getting too messy and mushy. To top it all off, this case just has a sleek appeal to it. Not as if that’s the main deal-breaker here, but it’s kind of nice regardless.
- The silicone band secures it
- Terrific quality
- The interior sponge is nice
- Band can be hard to get off
- Won’t hold big bars of soap
- Band is required for proper sealing
4. Marlowe Travel Soap Holder
While the last travel soap case was all about the design of the silicone band, this design here is all about the zipper. Being quite unique when looking at most of the other options on the market, the zipper is really going to make or break your decision here.
Here’s the great news about the zipper…this case isn’t going to just randomly pop open on your travels. Due to its high-quality design, additionally, it shouldn’t fail on you two uses in or anything like that. However, dealing with the zipper design can be somewhat annoying for some people while taking a shower.
As far as leaking goes, that’s not much of an issue here. The size, on the other hand, isn’t all that impressive. Such is the case with a lot of the options on the market, though, so don’t expect to fit large bars of soap in this case.
- The zipper is very sturdy
- Leaking is not an issue
- It’s not going to pop open
- Smaller than you might expect
- Annoying to deal with the zipper
- A little overpriced for what it is
5. Boao 6-Piece Toiletry Set
Okay, but what if you’re in the market for toiletry travel cases that can account for more than just soap? Well, we thought it would be beneficial to include this option here. Don’t worry, it comes with a couple of travel soap cases…but it also includes a few other goodies.
You’ll also get a couple of toothbrush holders and even a few mesh foaming nets to hold even more toiletries. Now, individually, each of these pieces is really good. Yet, if we’re being honest, you can probably find better individual options.
It’s the value pack of getting all of this included for a really fair price (if you ask us). Call this a bang for your buck purchase. Yet, don’t be fooled, speaking for just the soap holders for the purposes of this list, they’re well-designed and are certainly not pieces of junk.
- An excellent bang for your buck
- The clear look is nice
- The soap holders are quite sturdy
- Can’t pick and choose what you want
- Individually there are better options
- Not a flashy choice at all
6. Puting Plastic Soap Cases
More or less, this could be considered a two for the price of one deal. Indeed, you get two travel soap cases with your purchase here. One thing you’ll notice right away is the transparent design of each of the cases. And, seeing how you get two cases, they’re different colors so you and someone else know which bar of soap is whose.
For whatever reason, though, you get two colors at random (there are only three available anyway) and can’t choose. Now, as for the practical design of each case, it’s darn good.
The high-quality plastic (yes, plastic can be high-quality) coupled with the ridged bottom to allow for superior drying make for quite the impressive little travel soap case. It’s still kind of mindboggling why you can’t choose what colors you want, though.
- Very sturdy and durable
- The different colors are nice
- Designed with ridges at the bottom
- The tops do come off sometimes
- Can’t choose the colors
- Could be a bit snugger
7. Truly Clear Soap Case
With such a highly practical design for a travel soap case, it’s tough to go wrong with this option from Truly Clear. Then again, everyone will know this is from Truly Clear as the decal on the case makes it pretty obvious, but we digress.
This is advertised as a three-piece design, and really what makes it stand out is the removable inner tray that comes with it. When your bar of soap is wet, this tray allows it to rest in the case and fully dry out. It’s quite a clever design.
On top of that are the strong polypropylene housing and the airtight and leakproof seal. Oh, one thing to keep in mind, however, is that this case is optimized for round bars of soap. Anything rectangular will probably have to be cut in half to fit.
- Comes with a removable inner tray
- Leakproof and airtight design
- Sports a durable housing
- Really only works for circular soaps
- Outside decal is kind of unappealing
- Soap can slide if not placed just right
8. Vonpri Soap Box Holder
Sometimes when you’re looking to buy the best of a specific product, it’s not always going to be the flashiest, coolest, or fanciest. While there’s only so much a travel soap case can do to be any of those things, the point remains the same that this next option isn’t overly impressive.
That doesn’t mean that it’s not really, really good, however. This soap box holder just plain works and gets the job done. It comes with a couple of mesh bags to allow the soap to dry and also a couple of cases to then provide a spot for the soap to remain.
There are also ridges on the bottom of the cases that prevent the soap from slipping. Then again, while using these cases in the shower, they can be a little slippery themselves. Regardless, the value here is just tremendous.
- Comes with two cases
- Comes with mesh bags
- Easy to wipe down
- Cases don’t allow the soap to dry
- Can be slippery when used in shower
- The lids could be a bit more secure
9. Snowkingdom Soap Case
The price that this case is offered at is going to be very appealing to a lot of you. While we can’t make the claim that this is the utter best travel soap case on the market, it’s darn good for the price of admission. It’s certainly not a cheap piece of crap that’s for sure.
From its tapered design on the inside to the band to keep it sealed shut on the outside, it’s an overall stellar piece of work. Speaking of the band, it’s also very easy to take off and put on, and that will lead to fewer headaches when opening and closing the case.
Not all is great here, though, as the top can still pop off on occasion even with the band secured and it’s not going to fit many large brands of soap (though that’s a common issue with soap cases).
- Seals pretty well
- Not flimsy
- The band is easy to work with
- The top can pop off on occasion
- Won’t fit large bars of soap
- Some will still say it’s a tad overpriced
10. Hugging Tree Hill Soap Dish
We cap this list off with a highly affordable, popular, and fan-favorite option that we also concur is just plain stellar. No, it’s probably not going to wow you or anything like that, but it’s nice for those who just want a travel soap case that can fulfill their needs every once in a while when they need to travel with soap.
It’s a fairly simple, cut and dried design that features a snap latch and a hinged lid. It closes and locks really well, and it feels fairly strong and sturdy. Don’t get us wrong, you could probably easily break this thing if you tried, but why would you want to do that?
No one would argue if it were a few dollars less, but that would be getting a little picky if you ask us. It may not be ideal for someone who needs a soap case year-round, but it’ll be perfect for someone who just needs it here and there.
- Locks and shuts very well
- Made with recycled plastic
- Good snapping mechanism
- Not overly impressive quality
- A little on the small side
- It could be a few dollars less
Frequently asked questions
What are some alternatives to a travel soap case?
No questions asked, the best way to go about traveling with soap is to buy a dedicated case for it. However, let’s say yours breaks while you’re away (which would be unfortunate) or you just forget to pack it. Are there some alternatives you can use for the spur-of-the-moment (so to speak)? Yes, and here are just a few.
- Grocery bags: While not the best as they accumulate water, they’ll work in a pinch. You can also poke some holes in the bag to allow the water to drain.
- Ziploc bags: What can’t a Ziploc bag be used for? Again, while not optimized for carrying soap, Ziploc bags can get the job done in an emergency.
Can they hold shampoo and conditioner bars too?
Along with soap, you can also buy bars of shampoo and conditioner. Indeed, as long as the bars you buy will fit inside the travel soap case you have then you shouldn’t have any issues. The concept remains the same whether it’s soap, conditioner, shampoo, you name it. It literally comes down to whether or not the bars will fit.
Will water get inside the cases while in the shower?
Regardless of the travel soap case that you end up buying, if you decide to use it in the shower and leave it in direct contact with the water, there’s a strong chance that water will get inside of it. Some models have ventilation so the water will be allowed to escape.
However, this really isn’t a big issue, regardless, as you can always dump the water out of the case after your shower is complete.
Does soap come with a travel soap case?
The most obvious question of all, right? Just like when you buy a laptop case, you wonder if a laptop actually comes with it. Okay, maybe that’s a bit different, but we digress. For the most part, most sellers aren’t going to include actual soap with their soap cases.
All of the options on this list, in fact, don’t come with soap. Just expect to have to account for your own.