What Is a Dopp Kit? And Why Do You Need One?

What Is a Dopp Kit? And Why Do You Need One?

We’ve all been there: the stressful, disorganized, frantic crunch to throw everything in a bag before heading off on a trip. If you’ve crammed shampoo bottles, soap, lotion, and other toiletries into your bag at the last minute and then scrambled to find it all once you’ve landed, then you need a Dopp kit.

A Dopp kit should be an indispensable part of traveling. This little ingenious invention is a stylish travel toiletry bag which you can use to organize all of your essentials. A German immigrant and leather craftsman brought over the original idea of the Dopp kit to the United States. The kit still bears a shortened version of his name: Doppelt. Doppelt’s little bag was quickly adopted by the U.S. Army, which issued Dopp kits to soldiers who were shipping off to the front lines in World War II.

Today, you don’t have to be an Army recruit to enjoy the benefits and the functionality of a Dopp kit. This portable pouch has a zippered closure and can be packed full of your most necessary toiletry items, including deodorant, a toothbrush and toothpaste, dental floss, cotton swabs, nail clippers, soap, shaving supplies, cologne or perfume, contact lenses, a hair brush, and much more. The bag keeps all your items together, so you don’t have to fumble later searching through your bag for loose items. Additionally, its zipper compartment keeps everything from leaking out, so that you can safely pack away your liquids without fear of them staining your clothing.

Perhaps most importantly, a Dopp kit not only organizes your items and keeps them safe, but it can be easily pulled out from a suitcase or bag and set on a countertop. This is especially useful when traveling, when space and cupboards are at a minimum.

A Dopp kit is an excellent life essential, but treating yourself to a sturdy, handmade kit is an extra indulgence. The kits also make wonderful presents for globe-trotting friends or loved ones, students heading off to college, groomsmen, and frequent business travelers. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or Father’s Day, a Dopp kit makes a great present.

For those looking for that extra bit of style and personality, we offer a selection of Dopp kits, makeup bags, crossbody bags, and more to suit anyone. Each handmade bag is constructed from a selection of quality sourced materials including brushed natural canvas, pattern canvas, and waxed canvas. You can pick the size bag that best suits your needs, from small to medium, with or without a flat, slouchy bottom. Each bag is made to order.

If you have to travel, then there is no better way of doing it in style than with one of our personalized Dopp kits.

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