Packing can be a daunting task for people who aren’t used to condensing their wardrobe choices into one twenty-four inch luggage bag. It’s hard to not pack a shoe for every hypothetical situation. Sometimes you pack too much and end up forgetting your toothbrush anyway. This is why everyone should always have an organized toiletry bag — enter the dopp bag, a one stop shop with all the essential masculine supplies.
This one’s for the fellas — a full list of all your dopp kit essentials so you can stop searching for your deodorant in the depths of your weekender.
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Obviously this doesn’t need an explanation, because hygiene. Carry a travel brush that folds into itself and a mini toothpaste bottle (often found at the travel section of a drugstore). You can also pack a couple of Wisp travel brushes with the toothpaste already on the bristles if you need to brush on the go. If you can live without a bulky power brush, it’ll save a lot of space.
Again, hygiene. If you’re sitting in a plane or a car for an extended period of time, you will build odour. Think about the people you’re traveling with. Buy a travel sized deodorant and use it — often.
Body Wash (or Soap Bar)
Unless you’re adamant about the bar, I wouldn’t recommend it because of storage. Even if you put it back into a tin container after use, it’s still wet and mushy and, overall, a bit gross. Get yourself a pack of plastic travel bottles so you don’t end up bringing your whole shower caddy with you, and fill one with a body wash.
Shampoo and Conditioner
You can find these in travel sizes but the options are limited, so it’s best to just pour some of your trusted products into travel bottles. It doesn’t matter if they’re free, the hotel products are almost never as great and 99% will make your hair feel like straw.
This is personal preference, whether it’s pomade, serum, gel, etc.
Face Wash and Moisturizer
You can always use travel bottles/containers to store your face wash, scrub, and moisturizer. Certain brands also have travel sized versions of their products. The Clinique for Men Essentials Kit includes travel sized face wash, face scrub, moisturizing lotion, and anti-aging eye cream.
Sunscreen and Lotion
Sunscreen, because you need protection, especially if your itinerary includes a lot of beach time. Make sure your face is covered as well as the rest of you. Lotion, because you need moisturized skin.
Razor, Shaving Cream, and After Shave
Many brands sell electric travel razors that are compact and have a lid so it doesn’t shred up the inside of your dopp bag or cause any other damage. Don’t forget the shaving cream or after shave, which can also be bought in compact travel sizes as well.
DO NOT pack a full bottle of expensive cologne. They can get stolen or just break in your luggage bag. I don’t know which is worse. Instead, use a perfume atomizer to bring the amount you need for your trip. This also saves a whole lot of space.
A comb, tweezers, nail clippers, etc.
It’s good to be prepared, especially if you’re going to be attending a formal event like a wedding.
Or lip balm. No one likes having chapped lips so if this is not already on hand, it should be in your dopp bag.
Contact lenses: If you wear contacts, always carry an extra pair because you don’t know when it might decide to rip on you. Also buy a travel sized solution bottle because the regular ones are just way too big; Bandaids: Always good to have on hand; Chewing Gum/ Breath Mints: You can’t have enough; Tide-to-Go: Just in case you ruin that nice shirt at dinner.
So there you go, a full list of all your grown man dopp kit essentials. Happy travels and stay organized!