If your Dad travels for work, pleasure or both, a new Dopp Kit might make the perfect Father’s Day gift—it’s something he’s bound to use on every trip and think of you when he does.
The first “Dopp” kits hit the market in 1926, owing their name to a leather craftsman named Charles Doppelt. Just like Kleenex became synonymous with tissues, and Jacuzzi with whirlpool baths and hot tubs, the Dopp name has stuck with toiletry kits this many years later.
Depending on your Dad’s tastes and where and how he travels, there have never been more choices. Here are some of the best Dopp kits:
For the outdoorsy Dad who loves the outdoors
The Maxpedition Lightweight Toiletry Bag is sure to please any Dad who likes to camp, hike, bike and spends a good amount of his leisure time outdoors. The company prides itself on the durability of its products that are made to withstand the elements. This toiletry bag has a carrying handle, convenient hook for hanging, zippered pockets and sleeve pockets. Available in tan, black and trendy gray (shown), it’s made of ripstop nylon that is water and abrasion resistant. A real lightweight, it weighs in at less than 14 ounces.
For the Dad who is always a dream-chaser
Made in the USA, The Wright Brothers® Leather Hanging Toiletry Case is made of full-grain leather that’s finished with natural oils and waxes. Inside the clamshell opening are two see-thru mesh zipper pockets and one additional interior mesh zippered compartment. It also has a convenient hanger. A portion of the price of all purchases go to The Wright Brothers Family Foundation dedicated to inspiring and empowering people to learn, explore and chase their dreams.
For the Dad who loves tradition
The water-resistant exterior of this Ghurka Barber No. 287 Toiletry Bag couples handcrafted leather with textured gray twill fabric. The interior is made of water and stain resistant cotton twill outfitted with a 7” interior zipper pouch and three strap organizers. Created in 1975, the brand pays homage to the trove of camping gear once owned by a British Ghurka commander. The piece can be personalized for Dad with a Ghurka brass tag.
For the sea-faring Dad
Any Dad who values sustainability and loved being on the water will appreciate a toiletry bag from Sea Bags. Housed on Custom House Wharf on the waterfront in Portland, Maine, the company collects old sails, cleans them and recycles them into unique products like this Casco Bay Nautical Chart Toiletry Bag. Printed in a nautical chart design, the one shown has a zipper top with a handle that can be used for hanging or carrying. Made of sailcloth, a material that can endure rough seas, these bags come in a host of different colors and designs that can be spot cleaned or thrown in the washer.
For the hyper-organized Dad
The Hook and Albert Travel Twill Dopp Kit is perfect for the Dad who likes to stay organized or wishes he was. In addition to a single wide opening for easy access (with an additional small internal zip pocket), the clever design boasts two side zipper flaps to stow all the little things he takes when traveling. Weighing in at one pound (even with the zippers) makes it lightweight although fully functional. The interior is waterproof so it will be safe from spills and moisture. Available in three shades of twill and two made of leather.
For the Dad who likes the finer things
The Dad who likes the fine things in life will appreciate the Anson Calder Toiletry Kit. It’s available in Sport Leather or French Calfskin sourced from a tannery dating back to the 1600s. It can be monogrammed as well as customized with one or two interior pouches to keep everything in its place—while still maintaining its slim profile.
For the minimalist Dad
The minimalist Dad who always travels light will enjoy the Leatherology Small Shave Bag that is mall enough to fit into a tiny spot in a backpack or carryon. Made of full grain leather, it has a water-resistant lining and only measures 4.5” H x 8.75” W x 4.75” D overall. It has one exterior pocket and a stitched handle. It arrives beautifully gift boxed and can also be monogrammed.
BY, Irene S. Levine