Most of the time rolling out of bed and stumbling into the bathroom is all you need to access your essentials to prepare for the day. Shaving, showering, brushing your teeth, Deodorant, etc, etc.
The moment you get called off to that business trip, a family vacation, or the camping trip with your buddies you'll need something to pack your toiletries in. What you need my friend is what's called a dopp kit.
It's just another name for a bag to carry your grooming supplies. Also known as a men's toiletry bag, a men's travel kit, hygiene kit, or a shaving kit bag.
A dopp kit or commonly misspelled dop Kit is not just for shaving supplies either. Sure you'll find razors, shaving brushes, razor blades, shaving cream, shaving soap, and aftershave, but also plenty of other non shaving related gear.
Q-tips, finger nail clippers, deodorant, brush or comb, beard oil, nose trimmers, grooming scissors, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, man soap, and the list goes on.
Back in World War I and World War II soldiers were issued dopp-kits while heading off to war. This is what ultimately what increased world wide visibility to this men's travel kit.
The origin of the dopp-kit is due to the name of the original creator, Charles Doppelt. His company Charles Doppelt & Co based out of Chicago, Illinois created what they called the Dopp-Kit Toilet case and Dopp-Bilt business cases.
Leather was the original material used that included a waterproof lining. Many of the modern kits still use leather. Waxed canvas is also another popular material used due to the waterproof nature of the material.
Over the years the company was acquired by larger corporations, eventually being bought out by the Samsonite company and retaining the trademarked name.
Charles Doppelt original design was a bag that sits on the counter as seen above. More modern designs include hanging bags. These are meant to hang on a towel rack or even in the shower to provide easy access to your shower toiletries.
The name mens hanging toiletry bag and dopp kit are synonymous and for the most part interchangeable.
The duration of your travel will determine what gets packed in your dopp bag. Let's cover the essentials to put in your travel kit for a short term travel and then get into maybe a vacation or long business trip and the additional toiletries needed.
Ditty bag definition = A small bag used to hold toiletries while traveling. Sailors, Fishermen, and Military sometimes call dopp kits ditty bags.
It really depends on what is in your dopp kit. If you have any of the following put the dopp kit in checked luggage otherwise your carry on luggage is fine.
Two of the most common materials used for toiletry bags are Leather and Waxed canvas. What you choose will depend both style and function.
Water will inevitably get in and on your bag. Leather doesn't stand up well to water, so it will need to be protected with a leather protector and reapplied regularly.
Waxed canvas is very water resistance, however it will also need to be re-waxed eventually.
I personally like the look and lower maintenance of waxed canvas.
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