The Dopp Kit is the universal term applied within the USA, for what is known as a Toiletry Bag or Wash Kit elsewhere - especially in Europe. However you choose to name it, this is a vital piece of grooming equipment when traveling away from home. Why?
When traveling away from from your usual home, it:
1. Conveniently keeps all of your grooming
products together and makes them easily to find and accessible.
2. Separates them from other items (e.g. clothing) to prevent them from becoming damp, because these items are primarily used in the bathroom where they may get wet.
3. Keeps items that you use for personal hygiene (e.g. razor, toothbrush) clean from contamination.
4. Concentrates any disasters! Some toiletries can leak and it is horrifying to discover a bag full of wet clothing or covered in cream, lotion etc. – we'll leave it to your own imagination to picture this!
The Dopp bag was invented in 1919 by
Charles Doppelt, a German leather-goods maker from Chicago, USA. His bag was
designed to efficiently contain a man's toiletries while traveling, using
small pouches, which became known as “Dopps” (in recognition of its creator).
Millions were issued to American soldiers during WWII and were an immediate
hit. This popularity continued after the war and the Dopp kit became a mainstay
in a gentleman’s travel grooming armory.