Hopefully, you change your toothbrush every three months. And replace your razor blade every five weeks. And wash your face twice a day. Ha! Just kidding, we know you probably do zero of those things. Still, whatever your daily hygiene routine may be, when it comes time to travel you are going to need a place to stash your grooming supplies.
Even the most minimalist of travelers doesn’t want to arrive at their destination and find a canister of shaving cream exploded all over their clothes. That is why a good dopp kit is so essential. The tiny bag was originally created by leather designer Charles Doppelt and was issued to World War II soldiers en masse. (I’ll admit, I grew up calling it a shaving kit.) Today’s dopp kits have evolved to include multiple storage pockets and easy-clean linings to keep your deodorant pampered as it makes it way to wherever your destination may be.
At its core, the dopp kit is just a small bag with a zipper closure. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a cool one. We found the best dopp kits for every budget.
UNDER $20: DAKINE GROOMER
With a print that features trout, waterfowl, and pine trees, this is a great kit to take with you on your next camping trip. It has multiple pockets, both interior and exterior, and a nylon lining that cleans easily.
UNDER $50: HERSCHEL CHAPTER TRAVEL KIT
This dopp kit is practically bulletproof. It is built with an industrial grade tarpaulin, waterproof zippers and the same webbing used for seat belts. That is probably way more durable than you need, but the clean, minimalist design is tough to pass up.
UNDER $100: FILSON TRAVEL KIT
The same rugged twill cloth used on Filson’s other iconic bags is put to good use in this dopp kit. It has great details like a rustproof brass zipper and a bridle leather grab loop.
UNDER $150: TUMI ALPHA 2
Tumi’s ballistic nylon makes it the preferred carry-on bag for all those business travelers you pass on your way back to coach. The material also makes for a great dopp kit. With an integrated hanger, the Alpha 2 hangs easily on the back of your hotel bathroom’s door making it easy to access your grooming supplies and saving space.
UNDER $200: COACH DOPP KIT
If you want your toothbrush to travel a little more luxuriously, then a leather shaving kit is the way to go. Coach has been making fine leather goods for more than 50 years and this bag has a great pebbled texture.