Though it’s sometimes used interchangeably with “toiletry bag,” the phrase “Dopp kit” usually implies a roughly rectangular kit with one large main pocket. Why the name? Leather craftsman Charles Doppelt (hence “Dopp”) designed the first one in 1926, and his namesake cases were distributed by the U.S. military for soldiers to carry with their gear. The original Dopp kits survived two world wars, so once you find the right one, tackling your toiletries should be a breeze.
When choosing a Dopp kit, you’ll want to look for one that won’t take up too much space in proportion to the rest of your suitcase but will still hold all your essentials, whether you’re a “toothbrush and deodorant only” traveler or you bring your entire 10-step skincare routine. A water-resistant interior is also a good feature to protect both the case and the rest of your luggage from any unexpected leakage.
And don’t let any arbitrary “for men” labels deceive you; a good Dopp kit knows no gender.