Fill your Dopp kit with these items, and you’re good to go!
Build The Best Dopp Kit with These Items
What is a Dopp kit? A small toiletry bag or hygiene pouch for men. A famous leather goods maker in Chicago, Charles Doppelt, invented it, and it became famous after the Army ordered it for their soldiers.
1. Dental Care Products
It’s always a good idea to have spare dental care products with you. Here are some dental products you may want to have in your Dopp kit:
- Travel toothbrush (one that folds or has a cover)
- Dental floss
- Mouth wash
That way, you won’t have to worry if you suddenly have a midday taco craving!
Tip: When shopping for items in your Dopp kit, try and find them in their travel size. That way, you’ll have space for everything you’ll need.
2. Nail Clippers
Have you ever had to deal with a broken fingernail in the middle of a busy workday? Doesn’t it suck when you have to clumsily peel off the broken nail?
It’s useful to have a pair of nail clippers with you at all times. It’s not just for cutting nails, but it’s also a handy makeshift cutter (especially for small items).
It’ll also come in handy if you have a few loose threads and if you need an emergency nose trim!
Tip: Try to get a nail cutter with a built-in nail file. You may also want to consider purchasing a nail cutter that automatically collects nail clippings, so you don’t make a mess when you’re on the go.
3. Shaving Supplies
A Dopp kit isn’t just useful for emergencies while you’re out, but it should also have everything you need for an unexpected overnight stay as well. If you’re staying somewhere overnight, you’ll definitely need some shaving supplies to use when you freshen up the next day.
Pack one or two disposable razors in your Dopp kit. Don’t forget to pack your favorite shaving cream too!
Tip: If your shaving cream doesn’t come in travel sized bottles, you can buy empty travel bottles that you can fill up instead. That way, you’re never without your favorite products.
4. Bath Essentials
You can’t have a Dopp kit without a few bath essentials. That way, if you suddenly have access to a shower, you’ll have everything you need to freshen up.
Make sure to pack some shampoo and soap in your pouch. If you aren’t picky about your personal care products, you can pack those small shampoo bottles, mini soap bars, and shower gels you get for free from hotels.
Tip: Save some space by packing a bath product that doubles up as a shampoo and body wash.
5. After-Bath Products
After you take a bath, there are always a few personal care items that you can’t live without. Make sure you pack the following after-bath products:
- Lip balm
- Comb or brush
- Hair gel
Some of these after-bath products are useful even if you don’t take a bath. For instance, running a comb or a brush through your hair can instantly make you look more professional if you have an impromptu meeting.
6. Outfit Refreshers
You never know when you’ll have a wardrobe emergency, so it’s best to be prepared. Here are a few outfit refreshers that help keep you sharp:
- Lint roller
- Safety pins
- Fabric refresher spray
- Stain remover pen
These items help you recover from accidental spills and rips. You’d be surprised at how often you’ll end up using them!
Tip: If you don’t like using fabric refresher sprays, a small spray bottle of your favorite cologne works, too!
7. First Aid Items
Feeling under the weather is the last thing you want when you’re out and about. A well-stocked Dopp kit can help you stay in tip-top shape while you’re out.
Here are a few things that you may find useful:
- Oral medicine for common ailments like headaches and allergies
- Antibacterial ointments for accidental cuts and burns
- Assorted band-aids to dress small cuts
No one plans to get sick or hurt but sometimes, it’s unavoidable. You may not always have access to a 24-hour drug store, so it’s important to have a few simple first aid items at hand.
Tip: If you’re taking any other medication for pre-existing conditions, like erectile dysfunction, you may want to pack that in your Dopp kit, as well. That way, even if you can’t make it home, you won’t have to compromise your performance.
8. Optical Needs
If you wear prescription lenses or if you have eye issues, you may want to have a back-up for these. Here are a few items you may find useful:
- Eye drops
- Microfiber lens cleaning cloth
- An extra pair of contact lenses
These items are especially important if you wear contact lenses. It isn’t advisable to sleep with contact lenses, so a back-up pair of glasses is always handy!
Tip: If your reading glasses are separate from your regular glasses, you can also pack a pair of travel reading glasses. These days, there are different types of travel reading glasses—including foldable ones that you can easily pack in your Dopp kit.
9. Extra Cash
It’s a good idea to have some spare cash secretly tucked away somewhere. You may not always have access to an ATM, and there are still some places that don’t accept credit cards, so you always want to have some money with you.
Your Dopp kit is the perfect place to stash emergency cash. It carries all of your other essentials, and money counts as essential.
Tip: Neatly fold a $20.00 or $50.00 bill and find a compartment in your Dopp kit for it. Don’t forget to replenish your cash if you end up using it.
A well-curated Dopp kit comes in handy when you’re traveling or if you get into an accident. Once you start carrying it around, you’ll never want to leave home without it again.
What other items would you put in your Dopp kit? Let us know in the comments section.