This guide is approximately a 5-minute read.
In this guide, you’ll learn:
- What a Dopp kit is
- About the origins of the Dopp kit
- How to go about choosing one
- What to put in it
Let’s get into it.
How to Choose: Dopp Kits for Men
Traveling - whether that means in a car on a long trip, flying high above the land, or even barreling down the tracks on a train - can be a leisurely or stressful trip, depending on what the traveler makes of it.
With traveling comes the dreaded task of packing for the trip, debating what should and shouldn't be taken along, and how all of it will fit into the luggage in a safe manner.
Dopp kits were designed way back in the day in order to make travel preparation a little easier. The Dopp kit is believed to have been patented around 1928 or 1929 - and since then, it has evolved into something of a household name for men that travel a lot for business.
They are durable, well-made toiletry bags for men designed to keep all of a businessman's essentials in a safe place and far away from the rest of their clothing and accessories.
What is a Dopp Kit?
Created within a family business, the first Dopp kit originated within a company called the Charles Doppelt Company, named for one of the family members, Charles Doppelt, who was a German leathersmith. This company had a factory that created leather goods and other products, full of sewing and design projects that would eventually turn into one of the most well-loved and frequently used items by business men: the Dopp kit.
The Dopp kit was originally called a "toilet bag" - but that was seen as socially unacceptable due to the rather unattractive name. During World War I and II, the named changed to “Dopp kit,” and soldiers were issued them to make carrying around their essentials simple, even in chaotic, dangerous wartime environments. These durable bags have withstood the test of time and are now something that men recognize for their durability, convenience, and reliability for transporting their toiletries.
When one has to carry modern-day luxuries like shaving creams, beard oils, lotions, face washes, shampoos, and colognes, it can be a stressful time, knowing that all of these liquid products are rolling around in their suitcase next to their fine business apparel and could possibly spill and soak their clothing.
This can leave travelers not only with stained garments but garments that smell in an overpowering manner. This would be rather offensive when they're out in public or have a business meeting; try focusing on what your boss is saying when the guy next to you smells like he bathed in cologne.
For those who are wondering how to choose a men's toiletry bag for their next trip, keep on reading.
How to Choose a Dopp Kit
Just like the original leather Dopp kit was made to withstand the brutalities and harsh conditions of war, the contemporary Dopp kit should be able to withstand the rigors of travel and last a long time.
Here are some factors for you to consider when choosing a Dopp kit:
If you are ready to invest in a high-quality Dopp kit that can outlast all of your business trips for a long time, then consider getting a Dopp kit that is made of high-quality, durable materials.
For example, a Dopp kit made of a performance material may be more rugged and durable than one made of cheaper, thinner material.
Functionality is extremely important as well.
For example, a Dopp kit with multiple pockets or compartments (internal or external) will allow you to separate the items you'll be putting into your Dopp kit – instead of just throwing everything into one big open area, which may make it difficult to find specific items quickly. You don't want to have to dump all of your supplies out of your Dopp kit to find one item.
Another example of functionality for a Dopp kit: some of them come with hangers, which allow you to hang your Dopp kit up on a hook.
Size is something else a businessman should consider when choosing a Dopp kit. One must consider the sorts of things they intend to bring with them on their business trips, and just how much of those things they want to take with them.
Finding the smallest one that can be found while still providing you with room for all of the toiletries needed is important because if business involves getting on a plane, getting through TSA guidelines and regulations must be considered as well and smaller sizes of products must be packed.
Design & Shape
Dopp kits come in different designs and shapes. Some are made in a rectangular shape; others may have a long or triangular shape. Choose one that fits your needs.
How to Fill a Dopp Kit
Once your make a decision and purchase a Dopp kit, it's time to start thinking about what items the kit is going to be filled with.
Standard toiletries are a must. This includes hygiene items first and foremost, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, hand soap, floss, wet wipes, nail clippers and the like. Other items to potentially pack in the Dopp kit are a safety razor, shaving brushes, shaving cream, aftershave, and moisturizer.
Small, travel-size items are ideal for your Dopp kit as well, including small shampoos, conditioners, face washes, and body lotions. Some other things that men throw into their kits are beard oils, wax or paste for the hair, and contact solution.
A lot of businessmen choose to keep their Dopp kit stocked and ready to go at a moment’s notice, never unpacking them. This makes it easy to ensure that one can just grab their toiletry kit and go without having to fret over whether or not everything was packed.
For many years, Dopp kits have long been a staple in the traveling businessman's luggage. They are rugged and strong, built to carry all of the important toiletries that get travelers from point A to point B in a clean and stylish way.
So stop using a plastic bag for your toiletries, and pick up a Dopp kit.