It’s that time of year again – SPRING BREAK! Whether you are traveling to a warm sunny beach, up to the mountains to enjoy the last bit of snow, or headed off to Vegas for shenanigans with the boys, making sure your dopp kit is packed lightly with your favorite grooming products is as essentials as making sure your Ray Bans are in your bag.
Traveling is great, but packing is not. It can be especially bothersome to gather all the essentials for your dopp kit. While packing your dopp kit keep an idea of where you will be traveling and what you will need. Visiting the beach? Sunblock and Quicksand. Weekend in the snow? Boots and Ray Bans. Vegas? Cologne and condoms.
The right dopp kit calls for equal parts preparation and restraint. Pack too much and you’re in competition with your girlfriend’s makeup bag. Pack too little and you’re the asshole asking for toothpaste. Packing the perfect dopp kit is not a science and really depends on the individual. I have trouble sleeping in places and I’m as blind as a bat, so I need sleeping pills + a spare pair of contacts. All of these things take space and adds up.
Fear not. This guide will have you packing like a pro.
The idea here is that it should all fit nicely – everything fits perfectly into the dopp kit with breathing room to spare. If you prefer traveling light, then use the hotel’s offerings and skip the tubes of filled with products from home; but we all know you will want to take your own. Using the hotel’s products never satisfies.
Let’s start with the bag itself. An easily accessible compartment is the most important aspect of an efficient dopp kit. Functionality is always the most vital characteristic of owning this bag. This masculine bag should emphasize portability, and be sleek in design to not draw unwanted attention. We aren’t women, our dopp kits should be sleek in design.
Let’s start with the hair essentials:
Natural Shampoo + Conditioner
Unfamiliar hair products have the potential to wreak havoc on the scalp, especially if they have parabens and chemically created ingredients. Hotel toiletries are sub-par, and their selections can be incompatible with your personal cleaning regimen. It is wise to travel with a travel-size variety of shampoo that is already part of your daily routine.
Natural Bar Soap | Body Wash
Hygiene is always necessary when the body is exposed to different environmental conditions while traveling. Make sure your dopp kit is stocked with natural bar soap, to keep you clean while you adventure in style. A bar of natural soap will keep you smelling fresh and complies with the national security regulations, ushering you quickly through security at the airport.
Unpleasant scents can accumulate during extended trips, and you should not be one of them. Forgetting deodorant is an ultimate display of unflattering uncouthness, and makes it impossible to impress anyone. But refrain from packing a strong antiperspirant for it can be nauseating and repel people. The only repellant on your trip should be bug spray.
Razor, Shaving Cream, and Aftershave
Maintain a clean appearance by packing a razor and shave cream that will not irritate your skin. Checking a bag doesn’t allow you to bring a razor, but packing a travel size of your save cream and aftershave will keep your face fresh with the purchase of a razor at your destination.
Dental Floss, Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Foreign cuisine that is atypical to one’s standard diet can have unpredictable oral ramifications. With this in mind, it is necessary to have dental care supplies handy at all times. Pack a toothbrush, travel sized toothpaste, and dental floss to keep your mouth fresh. Avoid bad breath and keep your pearly whites shinning, for every girl loves a good smile.
Speaking of women, special encounters can happen at any time. Plan for this and make sure you are prepared. True gentlemanliness is displayed by a classy compartment for protection. Being safe may not make for the best stories, but it prevents unwanted babies and STDs. Check your supply before departure to avoid expiration.
Sunscreen + Moisturizer
You should never haphazardly risk your complexion. Sometimes the damage of unpreparedness can be irreversible. Taking care of your skin is important for looking young as you age and preventing health risks. By packing sunscreen and moisturizer you are prepared for hours on the beach playing volleyball, or to hydrate a chapped face after a day of shredding the nar.
Contact Lens and Glasses
Prevent accidental blindness by packing all eye care essentials. Spare contacts should be packing with ample solution. An extra pair of glasses are always advised. Give your eyes a rest at the end of the day.
Cologne and Fragrance
There is no way of knowing how your nights will evolve. Come prepared with a travel size of your favorite fragrance. Regardless if you’re at home or on the road, every man should have a signature fragrance and scent. Pick up some sample of your scent at the department store and stash a few in your dopp kit. This will keep you smelling great and will make all the women swoon.
Regardless of a trip’s nature, these fundamental tools will revolutionize your capacity to travel in style and ease.