What is a Dopp kit, and what should you have in yours?
A Dopp kit is a small toiletry bag that is used to carry men’s grooming tools and products while traveling. They are usually made out of leather or canvas and have a zipper on top.
Tip: Get one that will stand up to some abuse (as everything does while traveling) and you won’t need to buy another one for years or ever.
To give you a brief history of Dopp kits, the leather case for carrying toiletries was invented in 1919 by a German immigrant leatherworker named Charles Doppelt. They became popular after they were adopted by the army in WWII and given to every soldier.
Everyone is going to have their own list of things to have in their Dopp kit, but here’s a list to get you started
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss
- Whatever hair product(s) you use
- A comb if you use one
- Whatever you use to shave (razor and shaving cream, trimmer, ect)
- Face wash
- Nail clippers and cuticle scissors
- Tweezers in case you get a splinter and/or for unibrow defense
- Shampoo and conditioner if you’re picky about what you use
- Pain relievers
Another tip: Put your liquids in a small baggie in your Dopp kit just in case something leaks.
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“There’s something charming about an old Dopp kit–the smell of your old cologne, the knicks and scuffs of travel–and maybe one day your kids will fight over it. Having a plan for a dopp kit, or having one at the ready, will make your travels much more enjoyable, and your ability to look and feel your best intact.” – Andrew from Dappered