The humble toiletry bag is no longer a hidden part of the male wardrobe. You can thank the NBA stars for that who have turned the once-purely-functional little carry bag into a bonafide style statement. The real question is: why?
Rise Of The Dopp Kit & Toiletry Bag
Whether you call it a toiletry bag, a shaving kit or a Dopp kit, these small bags dedicated to your manly possessions have begun to catch on in recent years thanks to the downsizing of electronic devices and slimming down of wallets. This movement has all but relinquished the need for cumbersome messenger bags when something like a man clutch with a built-in handle will suffice. It’s also the same reason why things like fanny packs are also popular with guys these days.
What To Put In Toiletry Bags & Dopp Kits
Tradition dictates that toiletry bags are a man’s central location for grooming essentials like shavers, creams, moisturisers, hair products, toothbrushes and any other essentials you may use to polish up abroad. These days men are foregoing that definition and throwing in their non-essential grooming items like keys, phones and wallets instead. The choice is essentially yours, but we suggest you don’t mix the two categories unless you want hair gel in your wallet.
What To Look For In Toiletry Bags & Dopp Kits
They might not be seen as much as a regular bag but make no mistake there’s an art in picking the right one. Our advice is to always choose the lean, durable and compact toiletry bags. Given they’re going to accompany you on your greatest adventures, it’s important to buy quality toiletry bags wherever possible. That’s not to say the cheaper ones need to be ruled out. If they look good and you’re just using them as a casual day dopp kit to get around town, the non-leather fabric or polyester ones are just fine. If you intend to make them a part of your outfit, go for the higher-end ones which present as well as they function.
Speaking of function, look for toiletry bags with internal compartments which makes finding your possessions easier. The last thing you’ll want is your keyring grinding up against your $1,000 phone. Also pay attention to the zipper quality. If it isn’t smooth and feels cheap then forgo it. A broken toiletry bag is the last thing you need to worry about when travelling.
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That mentality has gone into the Zoid Bag, a basic toiletry bag that employs a trapezoidal shape to help offer the greatest possible internal space while maintaining a low profile. It’s made from a couple of lightweight yet durable nylon fabrics, while reliable YKK zippers ensure you will always be able to access whatever you choose to store inside.
That mentality is exemplified beautifully in the Dopp Kit. From the outside, it looks like any other bag on the market, but unzip it and you’re presented with a hidden storage compartment (for a toothbrush), two pouches (for smaller toiletry items) as well as a larger main space for your bigger bottles and products. Factor in waterproof surfaces and you’ve got the perfect Dopp kit.
The company’s Dopp Kit employs a familiar trapezoid structure but offered in quirky colour schemes, including its signature grid pattern. It’s waterproof both inside and out, rocks YKK zippers and has a handy carry handle so you can hang it up in the shower.
The company’s Wash Pouch will gobble up all of your essential toiletries, playing host to multiple internal mesh pockets, a magnetically-sealed toothbrush pocket, external razor pocket and a hook that can be stowed away. All surfaces are waterproof and can be turned inside out for easy cleaning.
The company is all too aware that you may have toiletries that are larger than travel size, so the No.477 Carryall bag is ideal. Made from a combination of waxed canvas and full-grain leather, the 477 is relatively simple in terms of the fact it offers you one large space, but considering it’s waterproof and incredibly durable, it will last you for years.
Having said that, the Nylon Ripstop Travel Pack is made from, you guessed it, nylon. While it might not have the same heavy-duty look as waxed canvas, Filson’s has opted for Cordura ripstop nylon which is equally as tough. It’s also lightweight (ideal for travelling) and a clamshell opening design means you can hang it up in the shower and gain instant access to the products inside.
Included in the range is a large travel case, which is available in a number of colours. Made from 100 per cent full-grain Italian leather, Escuyer’s large travel case has one main compartment for storing toiletries or any other accessories you need to take on a trip.
The Travel Kit is a good example, not only is it made from a highly-durable 1680D Cordura nylon, but it offers up plenty of internal organisational pockets and straps, so everything you need to take away with you has a place (including a dedicated external storage area for your toothbrush). A hideaway hanging hook and water-resistant interior mean you can safely hang it up in the shower, too.
The Moonlight Double Dopp Kit is named as such due to the fact it offers not one, but two compartments for storing toiletries (along with a side pocket for your toothbrush) and is made from a combination of water-repellant nylon and leather, giving a two-tone finish.
The Kenyatta Dopp Kit is large enough to house your essential travel toiletries, with internal pockets to keep them safe and secure. The interior lining can be removed entirely for easy cleaning and the outer nylon fabric is water-resistant (if you’re feeling particularly fancy, you can have it in leather instead).
The Adventure Sidekick Wash Bag is made from tough nylon fabric, with subtle leather accents giving it a more premium look and a waterproof interior lining will keep it protected against shampoo spillages. Troubadour is so confident the Wash Bag will last you that it provides a complimentary five year guarantee.