The DOPP KIT-- an essential to travel. Whether you're traveling for the weekend, or a week long excursion. You may ask, "what's the point, my weekender bag/suitcase already has multiple interior pockets, why add another component?" Well, we're going to talk through some of the benefits as well as the things you're going to want to pack it with, no matter where you're off to.
For starters, dopp kits aren't just for men. Imagine having a small bag that's waterproof, easy to carry, and incredibly durable (and in many cases, fashionable). Now imagine all the things you could use that bag for. See what we're talking about? Camp bags, car bags, miscellaneous organization, field bags, etc. And of course it works great as a makeup bag-- due to its convenient size, the ability to wipe clean the interior, etc. But mostly, because of its durability.
So here's the deal, the dopp kit is meant for quick and easy access to all your important travel accessories-- primarily your grooming accessories. If you travel on even a somewhat frequent basis, it will become your best friend. In fact, just leave it packed between trips. It's not meant to be something you grab and pack, it's meant to be something you grab and go. So leave it packed, and leave your forgetfulness behind.
What should you put in it? Below is a list of the essentials. And honestly, it doesn't matter where you're off to, there is a time and place for each and every item on this list. At the end of the day, if the need ever arises, you're going to be glad you have it. Don't assume you won't need shampoo because you'll be at a hotel. Don't assume the concierge will have a spare toothbrush if you happen to forget yours. Assume each and every item is something you'll need at some point during the course of your travels.
1) A Toothbrush. Make it collapsible if you insist. But make it a spare toothbrush that stays with your dopp. How many times have you arrived at your destination only to realize your toothbrush was left behind?
2) A Small tube of Toothpaste. We also like to carry a small bottle of mouthwash as it's an easy solution to the need for a quick refresh.
3) A small bottle of Body Wash. Works for your body of course, but if need be, also your hair. Accompany this with a small bottle of dry shampoo. Hint: if you happen to be staying at a hotel, grab an extra bottle of the shampoo they provide and put it in your dopp kit for the next time you travel. If you prefer bar soap, we recommend Dr. Squatch due to its convenient size and powerful scent.
4) Travel Wipes. We like Duke Cannon's Cold Shower Face and Body Wipes, if your travels include excessive activities (hiking, exploring the city, etc.) these things are a necessity. You'll be glad you have them if shower time is ever limited. We usually bring about 6 towels (individually packed), then replenish the dopp kit as soon as we return home so it's ready for next time.
5) Deodorant. No explanation needed. But make it a spare that stays with the dopp kit.
6) Cologne. We prefer a good solid cologne when traveling. Like Alfred Lane Solid Cologne. It's small, convenient, and smells great. Or, next time you're at department store, grab some cologne samples. They go a long way and are usually free. Hint: you know those little cardboard strips you spray the tester on to sample a new cologne? Keep them and drop one or two in your suitcase and/or carry-on and fend off some of that unwanted travel odor.
7) Chapstick. Never a bad idea. Choose something with sun protection.
8) Lotion. Kill two birds with one stone and choose one with sun protection.
9) Shaving Essentials. If you plan on shaving that is. Find a good shave oil, and get yourself a collapsible razor. That should do it.
11) A Comb
12) Ear Plugs
13) Pain Killers
14) Fingernail Clippers
15) Phone Charger. Buy an extra and leave it in your dopp for the sole purpose of travel. Again, just one less thing to pack and one less thing to forget.
16) Headphones. See number 15 above.
17) A $20 Dollar Bill. We always travel with two separate $20 bills, each stored in a separate location-- and your wallet doesn't count! In the event you ever loose your wallet, or have any other traveling mishap, at least you'll have a little cash on hand. The dopp is a great place for a safety stash of money.
18) A few empty Ziploc Bags. In the event you need them to get through the airport security check, discover your body wash is leaking, etc.
Whenever possible, buy the travels size. Or spend a couple of bucks and get an assortment of small reusable travel vials. Then replenish as needed from your home supply. If you don't plan to check a bag, you're still going to need to make it through security. And if you are checking a bag, the dopp kit is the first thing we pull out and throw in the carry-on. Then if your ever separated from your luggage, you always have the essentials.
The dopp has been a popular travel companion for many years and there are a lot of reasons why. Why not join the club and start taking advantage of the many benefits!