A Dopp kit is both a statement of personal style and an immensely practical item. It contains the tools one uses to transform from a shuffling, scruffy zombie to a man that's both well-groomed and bright-eyed. But not all are made equal. There are leather iterations with long-lasting finishings, waterproof ones with polyester liners, and everything in-between, it seems.
How to Pick the Right Dopp Kit
Whether you're wriggling your kit into a backpack or playing a game of packing Tetris, configuring it inside your carry-on, the right sized option proves vital. Plus, it must look good, too. It'll go through a lot — and carry quite a bit — so get one capable of not only carrying the essentials you need to clean, shave, and care for your skin and hair but one that's able to do so without worry — that it'll bottom out, its contents will seep through or it isn't big enough for your travel-sized moisturizers, toothpastes and pomades.
It's also important to consider whether your dopp kit can withstand a little wetness. Whether you're placing it down on a damp counter or a bottle explodes inside it, there's a high probability it'll get wet at some point. As such, you need one that's at least water resistant.
The Best Dopp Kits for Your Next Trip
Billykirk's Toiletry Bag is constructed from a water-resistant waxed canvas exterior, water-resistant nylon lining and a durable, full-grain leather bottom. Not only practical, it's a polished take on a mundane must-have.
Although best-known for its watches, Shinola also makes bags — and bike locks, extension cords and office goods. This made-in-the-US option comes in distressed brown leather with a nylon liner. It zips closed, keep the contents stored in its four interior pockets inside.
The Chapter Travel Kit by Herschel comes in four sizes, Carry-On, Standard, XL and Connect. There's a reinforced carrying strap and a mesh storage sleeve on the inside. It also comes with an external zipper pocket for items prone to spilling.
Upstart bag brand Baboon makes an assortment of vivid vessels for trips of varying lengths. This Dopp kit, as one would guess, makes room for your grooming essentials. It comes in 10 colors, each constructed from waterproof OM Stardust Ballistic shell material.
Everlane's affordable Catch-All Case is made from water-resistant, 100-percent recycled polyester. Inside, there are five separate pockets, and the outside accommodates another, plus a convertible zipper seal that lifts up to expand its interior volume.
Made from a proprietary Japanese material called Konbu, which is spun from military-grade Cordura, Tanner Goods' Drifter bag proves both water-resistant and incredibly stylish. Two interior pockets provide room for whatever, while leather accents offer durability.
Filson makes their Travel Kit from ultra-tough twill and bridle leather. The exterior's water-repellant, four pockets populate the inside and cleaning it is as easy as wiping it dry.
Calpak's unisex Toiletry Bag features a folding top zipper for easy loading and unloading, a handle for carrying and several interior pockets for organized storage.
Stuart and Lau's The Dopp Kit divides into three sections, offering space for all of your essentials. It can open flat and hang, plus it wipes clean (no matter whether it's just wet or covered in toothpaste).
Rains' water-repellent Dopp kit feels soft to the touch, features a single interior divider, and comes in three colors, blue, brown and taupe.