If you’re finally getting yourself a real-deal Dopp kit for your toiletries — or just want to replace one that’s gotten funky from wear and dried-up toothpaste — it’s ideal to find something that’s primed for travel, roomy enough to fit all the essentials, and stylish. In pursuit of the best options, we surveyed 15 frequent travelers and men’s grooming experts on the Dopp kits and toiletry bags they rely on to carry their precious products. Since it’s that time of year when many are pondering what to get their hard-to-shop-for dad, we might also point out that any of these would make great Father’s Day gifts, too.
Best Dopp kits with handles
This Topo Designs option with a handle is a favorite of travelers and skincare fiends like Understood.org creative production lead Thomas Pardee and Evan Shinn, one-half of the skincare podcast and memes account Dewy Dudes. Both of them call out the sporty colorblocking and unconventional silhouette, like Pardee, who carries this to work as part of his gym kit, and notes that “the triangular shape is deceptively roomy and sits upright on any surface without spilling or tipping over.” He also likes that the soft-shell exterior is flexible enough to squish into even the most cramped corner of your bag. Beyond its shape, Shinn adds, “the real magic lies in its loop handle, which makes it easy to hang in places without counter-height surfaces.”
Here’s another Dopp kit with a handle from luggage brand Away that Bryant Knight — the founder of men’s skincare line Knight Co. — recommended. He finds it well designed and functional, with extra storage in the form of two internal pockets (one on each side) that create separation and organization. “I prefer a water-resistant exterior with a lining inside that is easy to clean,” he says, and adds that he likes its minimal profile and easy portability. “I take mine to the gym, so I have to have a strap carry handle.”
If you’re always cramped for space in your carry-on, you might want an expandable toiletry kit with a compact shape like this Briggs & Riley kit. The other half of Dewy Dudes, Emilio Quezada, recommends it as “one of the best investment items I’ve purchased in my young adult life thus far.” He appreciates the compact expandable design and the exterior zip pocket, “which provides more than enough room to pack all my heavy-hitters and ‘once a week’ products.” He adds that “the washable interior takes the stress out of inevitable spills, and all black nylon exterior will always be in style.”
Alex Penfold, the co-founder of men’s beauty brand Jaxon Lane, is on the road all the time and likes to keep a stock of grooming products with him at all times in this Penguin Dopp kit. “I’ve actually gone through a bunch of Dopp kits in search of the perfect one, and I’m quite happy with this one,” he says. He likes that it’s “colorful and upbeat, large enough to fit my travel essentials (electric toothbrush, sunscreen, face wash, moisturizer, deodorant, toner, eye cream, serum, and of course, the Bro Mask),” plus has smaller pockets to store items like contacts and a handle. The colorful lining is a nice touch, too. He says it hides the inevitable toothpaste stain better than a traditional black or brown kit would.
Best hanging Dopp kit
Maybe you’re worried about the germs on the hotel vanity or bathroom counter — or want more space. That’s where something like this Ogio Doppler with a long handle comes in. IBM managing editor John Kultgen uses it to save counter space by throwing his up on the towel rack “thanks to its handy little hook.” He also likes that it’s deceptively roomy: “I’m pretty sure there’s some kind of magic happening because every time I think it can’t hold another toiletry, there’s another way to squeeze it in.”
Best waterproof Dopp kit
Sometimes you need something with extra weatherproofing, especially if you’re taking it camping or on water. Matt Kays, a vice-president at PR Consulting, relies on two of these Patagonias — one for travel, and another as a wet bag for holding his things when he goes to the beach for its rip-stop-proof, practically indestructible exterior. “It’s Patagonia, so obviously it’s a very extreme and very waterproof kit — nothing gets in or out,” he says.
Best canvas Dopp kit
Here’s a Dopp kit that we’ve recommended many times over, especially for gifts, because it checks off all the boxes of style and utility, with a not terribly steep price point. It’s a favorite of beauty consultant David Pirrotta, the founder of the new beauty emporium Materiae, who keeps this one in rotation when he travels because it’s easy to pack in a weekender bag and compact enough to “squish into any tough spot.” Our deputy editor Jason Chen also owns it and loves that it’s made with organic cotton and has a lined interior with removable nylon for cleaning up “the inevitable toothpaste mess.” He also likes the “nifty little pockets on the side for keeping a few aspirin or Zyrtec handy” and the unsnappable sides for expanded storage. “Most crucially, I’m not embarrassed to pull it out when I’m on vacation with friends, either,” says Chen, which would make it a great gift option for yourself or a dad who needs an upgrade this Father’s Day.
Best ecofriendly Dopp kit
If you care about your environmental footprint, you might want to invest in one of these affordable Alchemy Goods Dopp kits that’s “upcycled” from old car tires. It’s a favorite of Mike Shim, a software-development manager at Amazon, for “keeping all spills contained when your SPF decides to pop open mid-flight,” and he notes that it’s also super-durable and handsome — “all the things you need a Dopp kit to be” plus actually ecofriendly. It’s also the Dopp kit that our senior editor Anthony Rotunno relies on for travel because it’s roomy enough to stuff in all his mini-bottles and has an easily washable interior.
There’s also a mini-version available here.
Best leather Dopp kits
You can’t write a story on Dopp kits without mentioning the original Dopp model that gave these kits their moniker. Investment banker Tsz Hin Kwok says he’s used this one “pretty much daily” for the past few years because it’s longer than most other kits (but still portable). “It can hold a lot, even longer items like a hairbrush.” And the price is right. “I couldn’t justify spending $100 plus on what is ultimately a bag that spends all of its time in another bag, pressed up against my shoes and dirty gym clothes.”
And another handsome leather option that makeup artist William Scott deems “one handsome piece of leather.” He likes that the interior has “convenient pockets along the edges for little things that you might need to bring,” but is also not overly cluttered with compartments. “Zero complaints about this bag.”
Best designer Dopp kit
“I’m all about a Dopp kit that is internally lined with nylon, is easy to clean, and most importantly waterproof for an easy clean up of any spills or leaks, which happens to me often,” says Pirrotta. Here’s one that he finds easily packable for travel, if you’re willing to splurge, and has dual compartments for separating liquids from tools and toothbrushes.
Best lay-flat Dopp kit
And sometimes to pick out your tiny tweezers and contact lenses in the shuffle, you want something that can lie flat. Here’s a zip-around toiletry kit from Victorinox that does just that, which Leen Bergmann — the co-founder of men’s grooming brand Reuzel — likes. He’s cycled through many kits in his day, but he loves to keep the Victorinox in his bathroom because of its many compartments and dividers.
Best multi-compartment Dopp kit
If you tend to have trouble editing, you might want a kit with multiple compartments. Here’s one that Reuzel’s Bert Rietveld owns and loves so much that he says, “I’ll probably keep it for the rest of my life.” It has multiple zippered, translucent sections for storing toiletries plus a cutaway section for holding bigger items like hairdryers and brushes. “Holds everything I need and it’s really durable,” he adds.
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