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If there’s one thing a guy can’t live without when away from home, it’s his toiletries and grooming products.
Now I know what you’re thinking: “I’m not like that. I don’t haul a full skincare regimen or a metric ton of cosmetics around with me everywhere I go.”
Well of course you don’t, because that’s not the sort of thing guys need. However, there are still a select few accessories that you just can’t do without.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
To start, there’s deodorant—you’d better have it handy, especially if you’re a heavy sweater. Then there’s toothpaste and a toothbrush, critical for keeping your breath pleasant. You also want a pack of floss and maybe a tin of mints or bottle of mouthwash.
For those of us with beards, you’re going to need at least the bare essentials of a bottle of beard oil and/or beard balm. Maybe some styling wax for your beard and/or hair. Probably a comb or brush, just to get out the tangles in your hair and beard, plus a razor or shaver for when your facial hair needs a trim. And because you’re conscious of your good looks, maybe a “skin serum for men” just to keep the wrinkles and sun spots at bay.
And would you look at that, you’ve got enough to carry around that you can’t just throw it into your backpack and call it a day!
That’s why Dopp kits are one of the most purchased items for guys.
Dopp kits—named after leatherworker Charles Doppelt, who designed the case in 1926—are a must-have for any guy who travels. Whether you’re staying overnight at your girlfriend’s, heading out of town on a business trip, or taking a whirlwind tour of the world, you need a kit to pack all your grooming essentials.
A Dopp kit is the guy-friendly solution for carrying around everything you need to stay well-groomed and looking and smelling fresh all trip long.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of the absolute best Dopp kits for men. These kits run the gamut from leather to canvas to synthetic fabrics, and give you plenty of options for both size and style.
Check out our list below to find the perfect Dopp kit to take with you on your next trip.
This Danish-designed bag is just what you need if you’re heading out into wet or rainy conditions but want to keep everything dry. Made from fully waterproof fabric (a blend of polyurethane and polyester), it’s tough enough to stand up to direct downpours—heck, it can even float on the lake, river, or ocean, making it the perfect kit for kayakers and canoers.
Despite the sturdy, waterproof build, it’s also a good-looking kit that will pair well with your stylish luggage sets or rugged all-terrain backpack. The smart matte finish gives it a minimalist look you’ll love, and the webbing grab handle will offer a secure way to carry it anywhere you go. Best of all, the internal sleeve offers excellent organization for all your toiletries and grooming essentials.
If you’re the kind of guy who likes to keep everything in precisely the right place, this is the Dopp kit for you! With two interior zippered pockets, elastic organizers, and quick-access front and back pockets, you’ve got plenty of ways to make sure that all of your grooming and self-care essentials are right where you want them when you want them. There’s even a toothbrush holder built into the bag’s exterior—perfect for keeping it handy for airplane/train freshen-ups.
The bag is made from 1680D Cordura ballistic nylon, which shrugs off rain and moisture. The interior water-resistant lining adds an extra layer of protection for all your toiletries to keep them dry as a bone even in the worst downpour. At just 0.4 pounds, it’s ultra-lightweight but tough enough to deliver years of hard use.
I can guarantee you’ve never encountered a toiletry kit quite like this one! Instead of using leather or nylon, the case uses an ultra-tough silicone that has a leather-like feel, but which offers the sort of impermeable water-resistance that only silicone can. Plus, it’s beautifully light and tinted in bright, eye-catching colors.
The heavy-duty zipper won’t break, rust, or snag, no matter how rough you are with it. Thanks to its roomy interior, you can store all your travel essentials—more than most of the other Dopp kits on our list. It’s not only easy to clean inside and out, but it’s naturally bacteria-resistant so you never have to worry about germs collecting on your toothbrush, comb, toothpaste, and other toiletries.
This little Dopp kit is sized perfectly for trips when you want to take just the essentials and are operating with limited luggage space. At just 24 x 15 x 10 cm, it weighs just 350 grams and offers 1.5L of storage space—enough for the basics and nothing more. However, it’s perfect for keeping in your carry-on luggage because you can fit all TSA-approved-sized bottles in the kit and take everything you need for your trip.
The kit is made from 800D x 660D nylon polyurethane, with a 300D x 150D polyester lining to keep your items from bumping or cracking. The YKK Water-R zipper is both water and rust-repellent, so it won’t matter if the kit gets wet. It’s suitable for both a travel kit for all your toiletries or your electronics, keeping everything inside neatly organized and totally dry.
This triangle-shaped Dopp kit is designed for easy accessibility. Simply place it on your bathroom counter, open the zipper, and everything will be instantly within reach—no need to fumble around or dig through its contents. It’s surprisingly roomy for its size, with 3L of space that allows you to carry more than just the basics.
The exterior is made of tough synthetic fabric, with a nylon pack cloth liner that will help to keep everything dry and organized. It’s soft enough to flex and bend when you’re packing it, perfect for stuffing into a small corner of your suitcase or backpack.
This beautiful Dopp kit is a throwback to the classics, designed to look and feel like the kits issued to infantrymen in World War II. Made with waxed canvas, it’s both lightweight and incredibly durable, with a natural water-resistance guaranteed to keep your precious essentials protected. Thanks to the full-grain leather bottom, your kit will be scuff-resistant and sophisticated in its appearance.
The bag is easy to clean inside and out, with a water-resistant nylon lining that can be wiped or washed in seconds. Thanks to the tubular webbing used for the handle, you can grab and go trusting the handle will never break or fray. It’s a classy piece of gear that you’ll always be happy to pack.
Bellroy does some amazing things with wallets, so it’s no surprise that they make a Dopp kit that stands out from the pack. This stylish kit is made using an ultra-tough water-resistant woven synthetic fabric, using all recycled materials (can you “eco-friendly awesome”?). The water-resistant interior lining is easy to clean with just a quick wipe, and the mesh pockets will help to maximize organization and keep everything secure inside the kit. There’s even a toothbrush sleeve with a magnetic closure—perfect for making sure you’ve always got a spare toothbrush, just in case.
One thing you’re going to love: the nylon grab loops are designed for one-finger carry, so you can bring it to the bathroom along with your towel, change of clothes, and any other essentials. It’s definitely one of the toughest, most versatile, most reliable options we’ve found.
For guys who want a good-looking Dopp kit with space enough to carry all their essentials, the Herschel Chapter Travel Kit is just the thing for you. It’s a beautiful item both inside and out: a blend of sleek black exterior and signature striped interior liner that screams elegance and masculinity. Plus, it’s got more than enough storage space for everything you need to take on your week-long international vacation or overnight trip, plus an internal mesh storage sleeve that makes organization a breeze.
You’ll particularly like the over-sized carry handle, as well as the pebbled leather zipper pull. Both are small features, but add a versatility and durability that makes this one of our all-time favorite Dopp kits.
Worried your Dopp kit isn’t up to the rigors of camping, hiking, or extended ocean voyages or downriver kayaking trips? With this Filson travel pack, that will never be a concern again. It’s made from ultra-tough 500D Cordura ripstop nylon, both scuff- and abrasion-resistant, and a webbing grab handle that can survive just about anything the great outdoors can throw at you. Oh, and did I mention that it’s also very water-resistant?
The YKK Aqua Guard zipper adds extra waterproofing, and it’s designed to give you access from three sides so you can easily get at the kit’s contents in a matter of seconds. Thanks to the elastic loops and interior zippered mesh pockets, you’ve got storage and organization solutions that even the neatest man will appreciate.
Sleek, minimalist, and travel-friendly: those are the best words to describe this Nomatic Dopp kit. Available in two sizes (small and regular), it’s both water-resistant and incredibly durable, able to withstand rough baggage handling or the rigors of camping life. The zippers have all been reinforced for extra durability and waterproofing, and even if you end up floating down a river, you’ll never have to worry about the bag leaking.
The hanging strap is optional (you might not need it if you’re taking it in your carry-on), but you’ll definitely want to take advantage of the dedicated toothbrush pocket to keep your most important items close at hand. Thanks to the multiple interior pockets, you can organize and sort all your grooming products and toiletries with ease.
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