Spring is officially here, and if that’s gotten you thinking about warm-weather travel, it might be the time to reconsider your travel accessories, too. We know some people out there who still use Ziploc bags to transport their toothbrushes and SPF (no naming names), so we decided to ask 11 globe-trotting guys — including a Strategist editor — how they store their toiletries. Below, their answers, from the under-$50 versions to the designer grooming bags.
Best Organic Dopp Kit
“So I caved and bought myself this Dopp kit that I’d considered too indulgent, but I have zero regrets. It’s made with organic cotton, but the interior is lined with a removable nylon that you can take out and clean for the inevitable toothpaste mess. There are nifty, little pockets on the side for keeping a few aspirin or Zyrtec handy, and I especially like that the sides of the top can be unsnapped for expanded storage. Most crucially, I’m not embarrassed to pull it out when I’m on vacation with friends either.” — Jason Chen, senior editor, Strategist
Best Hangable Dopp Kit
“I love how this Dopp kit saves counter space thanks to its handy little hook, which you can use on a towel rack. It also carries a lot more than you think it will — I’m pretty sure there’s some kind of magic happening because every time I think it can’t hold another toiletry, there is another way to squeeze it in.” — John Kultgen, content marketing director
Best Waterproof Dopp Kit
“It’s Patagonia, so obviously it’s a very extreme and very waterproof kit — nothing gets in or out. That’s actually what makes it so much more than a Dopp kit. In fact, I have two: one that I keep for travel, and an extra one I use as a wet bag for holding all my stuff when I go to the beach.” — Matt Kays, PR vice president
Best Ecofriendly Dopp Kit
“It keeps all spills contained when your SPF decides to pop open mid-flight, and, of course, it’s super durable and handsome, and all the things you need a Dopp kit to be — but the coolest part is that it’s actually ecofriendly and made (or “upcycled”) from old car tires. How cool is that?” — Mike Shim, CTO, FeedMeNow
Longest Dopp Kit
“I’ve used this pretty much daily for three years because it’s bigger than most Dopps (but still portable) — it can hold a lot, even longer items like a hairbrush. The price is right, too. 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.” — Tsz Hin Kwok, investment banker
Most Durable Dopp Kit
“It’s very spacious — I can fit my entire week’s routine in there, from pomade and face wash to my toothbrush and face mask. The inside has a leakproof liner, so I don’t have to worry about ruining my other travel gear, and it nestles easily at the bottom of any backpack. It’s also durable. I’ve had it for nearly three years, and it still looks new.“ — Kevin Wong, communications manager
Most Packable Dopp Kit
“I love the sporty look of this — I actually carry it every day to work as part of my gym kit. I used to work at Birchbox, and it gave me access to all the coolest grooming things, and this was my favorite. The secret is the triangular shape, which is deceptively roomy. It also sits upright on any surface without spilling or tipping over. I also love that it’s softshelled, so it can be flexible enough to pack into any bag.” — Thomas Pardee, creative manager, Understood.org
Note: This blue kit is almost sold out, but more colors are available here.
Best Designer Dopp Kit
“Of course, your travel accessories should be practical and useful (and this Dopp kit is certainly that), but I also think they should be fun and stand out, too. There are so many boring Dopp kits out there, and I love that this one has this cool camouflage print — most importantly, it makes me smile! Definitely a statement piece.” — Dane Charles Pressner, design director, D’AquinoMonaco
Best Leather Dopp Kit
“This was a gift I got (I don’t buy a lot of leather myself), and it is one handsome piece of leather that’s really minimal. The interior has convenient pockets along the edges for little things that you might need to bring, but it’s not overly cluttered with compartments. Zero complaints about this bag.” — William Scott, makeup artist
Easiest to Clean Dopp Kit
“I’m really into this bag because it’s super understated, but also has a fun set of printed charms (they’re like little cuff links in fun icons, like a domino or lips) that make it pop. It’s also made of nylon, too, which makes it super easy to clean in case anything were to spill or break inside.” — Vardaan Arora, actor/singer
Note: This wash bag is sold out, but a more understated option is available here.
Best Lay-Flat Dopp Kit
“With Tumi, you know you’re getting high quality, but I like that this Dopp kit is leather rather than the standard black nylon. Also, unlike other Dopp kits with just a zipper on top, this one goes nearly all the way around, so you can lay the entire thing flat. It’s perfect for seeing everything without having to rummage through your dark bag.” — Nick Wall, vice president, Lazard
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