Packing your belongings for the upcoming holidays can be nothing short of chaotic, but it doesn’t have to be. Especially when it comes to your Dopp kit that has all your grooming essentials. You want to make sure you have everything you need conveniently at your fingertips for your trip. Here at IAMRUNBOX, we came up with your ultimate guide for packing your kit and making sure you don’t forget the most important items.
Benefits of the right Dopp kit
Since the TSA is quite strict about what to allow in your carry on, it’s almost a puzzle deciding on what to pack in your kit that you absolutely need for your travels. However, this shouldn’t discourage you from bringing your kit because it’s unique small size and convenience can help you out tremendously and keep you looking and feeling your best.
When it comes to finding the Dopp kit that works for you, start with making sure you have the perfect size carry-on, such as a backpack. Too many people pitfall into starting with the wrong backpack that doesn’t offer much room inside. Your carry-on backpack should be spacious without you having to worry about your toiletries being cramped.
1. Body wash and shampoo
Considering you’ll be showering while you’re on the go, it's a great idea to have your shower items in order to make sure you’re staying clean. Remember that if you’re traveling through TSA, you will want to pick up travel-sized bottles so you can keep them as you go through security. However, if you’re not flying there’s no need to worry. Either way, still try and stick with smaller shower products in order to alleviate more space inside your kit for other goodies.
2. Grooming items
If you are someone who has to shave often, it’s a smart idea to pack your razor, to maintain grooming. Make sure you pack a reliable razor with quality cartridge blades that can offer you a closer shave and less chance of cutting yourself. Especially if you’re traveling for business you won’t want to risk cutting yourself before a huge business meeting. Small shaving kits are great investments as well if you’re looking for an all-in-one package deal.
Hygiene is huge and depending on the longevity of your trip, getting travel-sized deodorant and cologne can be a better option than bringing your bigger ones from home. It can be easier to toss out your smaller ones that last a few days rather than bringing ones that you may forget.
3. Toothbrush and toothpaste
Taking care of your smile on-the-go is key, and leaving your toothbrush and toothpaste is something you’re not going to want to do. Combine these two must-have items into a small plastic bag and throw them into your bag. Considering these are probably the most important items in your kit, bringing your own instead of having to buy one later will be beneficial.
4. Other items
The best way to remember any extra items you need in your Dopp kit is by walking through your daily routines and figuring out what you use every day. Many people forget items like combs, nail filers, and medication, but retracing your daily steps can help avoid forgetting something important.
Extra packing tips
As a general rule of thumb, solid over liquid is the better option. Since it’s easier for liquids to spill during travel and ruin your kit, try packing hard bar soaps rather than big bottles and face wash wipes rather than liquid wash itself. If you are looking to pack liquids, be very careful about how you do so. Use plastic bags for extra protection and cushion them properly.
A couple of other great tips to keep in mind are to prioritize screw caps and save money by using refillable bottles. Plus, figure out what you can get at your destination and what you can leave behind. If you know you can get a cheap alternative when you arrive, it’s probably not essential for your travels in the first place.