Buying A Dopp Kit – How To Buy A Quality Bathroom Bag – Men’s Toiletry Bag – Blue Claw Co

Buying A Dopp Kit – How To Buy A Quality Bathroom Bag – Men’s Toiletry Bag – Blue Claw Co

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Buying A Dopp Kit – How To Buy A Quality Bathroom
Bag – Men’s Toiletry Bag – Blue Claw Co Hi! I’m Antonio Centeno, the founder of Real
Men Real Style. Today, I’m going to be talking to you about the Dopp kit. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to
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newsletter. So let’s go ahead and start talking about
the Dopp kit. All right, now here is a Dopp kitt, basically a very simple bag and it’s
used for holding your toiletries. And in fact, it’s got quite a few names, so you’ll hear
toiletry bag, bathroom bag, toilet kit, soap kit. This thing has really become popular. Well, the story goes back to this German immigrant.
I believe it was Charles Doppelt and before World War II, he developed this bag. What
happened in World War II is that he got a contract with the US Military and literally
millions of these bags were issued to GIs. So we come back from World War II — well,
not “we”. My grandfather was there, but I wasn’t, but it was one of those things that
people got used to having that. It made sense. We’ll talk about why it makes sense, but they
came back with that habit. Millions of them were sold. Now, Samsonite owns the Dopp brand, but there
are many companies such as Blue Claw Co. who was kind enough to support this video and
they make great Dopp kits. So let’s go ahead and talk about what makes a great Dopp kit. Well, I’ve got four things which I really
look for on a Dopp kit, and the first one is going to be a tough outer exterior, so
this one uses ballistic nylon. Again, this is the Bay Head bag made by Blue Claw Co.,
and this uses a ballistic nylon that’s really tough. You could probably, I don’t know, sit
on this and get dragged by my truck for a while and be okay, and I’m not going to test
that. The other thing is the inside of this. I don’t
know if you can see it, but it’s waterproof. Why is that important? Because if you’re putting
shampoo bottles, if you’re putting shaving cream, anything in here which in a sense could
leak or could bust open, or any type of lotion, all of a sudden, you’re not going to have
to worry about it getting on your clothing. You may think, “Okay, Ziploc bags are going
to be fine. Why would I go out and spend money on a Dopp kit?” Well, let’s just say they’re
not always very careful with your luggage in the airports or any other places, and you’re
going to find that whenever you do need this, if you don’t think ahead and you don’t protect
your clothing, you’re just going to have that instance, and I’ve had it happen to me, when
you open up your suitcase and you’re like, “Why didn’t I think to make this investment?” The best thing about this, and I’m going to
get to the third and fourth point here in a second, is that I love if you buy a quality
Dopp kit initially. You’re never going to have to buy one again. And just to give you
an example, I’ve had this bag since I was 16. I don’t like the look of it and I think
it’s a bit overcomplicated. This one has three pouches, but yeah, if you buy a quality Dopp
kit when you first get started, you’re going to have this thing for 30 to 40 years. I can’t
imagine how it would get destroyed. Okay, so that last two things that I’m looking
for in a quality Dopp kit are going to be portability. And so, you don’t want something
really large. The great part about this size is that you’re limited by the size. No matter
how much stuff you stick in here, it’s just not going to get bigger. And by that, it makes
sure that it’s portable. I like a simple, good-looking design, and
the reason I like this is there is something to aesthetics. And the reason I don’t like
this bag is it’s incredibly ugly and it’s not a simple design. It’s got three openings,
which this opening actually has two pockets. Here’s a funny story. I opened this up, I
don’t know, maybe it was a couple of months ago, and I found something in here that I
hadn’t seen for probably 15 years. I don’t even know if it’s — there are probably things
still hidden in this stuff, but it’s not simple and it’s not classic. Again, this is the basic design that Charles
Doppelt came up with. It’s not super complicated and I think this is something classic that
you should stick with. So make sure you’ve got a good, tough exterior. Make sure the
inside is waterproof. Make sure that it is a small, compact design, and keep it stylish. So that summarizes the Dopp kit. I would love
to hear from you guys in the comments. Maybe you’ve got a particular brand or company that
you’ve been very happy with. And if you want to learn more about Dopp kits, make sure you
go to the link down below. I’m going to link you to an article and we go over this in much
more detail. Guys, I will see you in the next video. Take
care. Bye-bye.


  1. You obviously don't remember back when he got <100 views per video, Great to have seen it grown like this because Antonio is a great resource

  2. Thank goodness you didn't fall for it – because then you might support a business that supports me – wait….what?

  3. JUST FORGET ABOUT IT IF YOU'RE FLYING, here are the regulations:
    "Special rules apply for liquids, creams, pastes, gels and aerosol cans.
    You may only carry these in your hand baggage in small amounts not exceeding 100 ml ( 3.4 oz) per article. They must be placed in a transparent and sealable plastic bag with a volume of no more than 1 litre. The bag must be closed and the articles must fit inside it easily."

  4. Haha – don't worry about this till you get your first bit of leave at your first duty station. Till then – if you need it – the Corps will issue it. Best of luck! Antonio

  5. Kenton Sorenson is great and made two hours south of me. I didn't realize we had beautiful singers in the comments. Best of luck with your dreams there.

  6. I have flown LOTS since those stupid regulations were made. I brought my dopp kit with me every time. They sometimes give me a quick lecture on how everything should be individually bagged inside the kit, but they let me through anyway. Playing dumb works in getting through TSA faster. I just place the kit on the conveyor open, and most times they don't give me any trouble.

  7. My dopp kit was passed onto me by my dad at least a decade ago before my first international trip. I believe it's a Paisley brand. It used to have a little mirror on the top flap of the kit, but that has since fallen out; which is a disappointment, as that is a handy addition. You never know what kind of hotels you'll end up in overseas, so a spare mirror can be handy.

  8. I have a BVLGARI dopp kit that came with my dad's lotion. I still can't believe I've had it for almost 3 years, that thing is indestructible, simple design, and of great quality overall for a lotion add-on. 🙂

  9. If is your plane you wouldn't be watching youtube for style advice, you'd have three assistants who took care of you and carried your bags. If you use a public airport and private plane you have to fallow the regulations as everyone else. My advice still stands, forget about it if you're flying. If you're flying once or two times a year, you could buy the stuff at your destination in the airport or a supermarket, it saves you a lot of time and keeps your suits clean and you worry free.

  10. I have always heard of Dopp kits, but I never knew it was my "travel bag" that I used to call it. Dopp Kit is it's new name!! Thanks Antonio, been watching your videos for a few years now…Love them!!!

  11. You're forgetting about all the small plane owners out there – have a lot of buddies with smaller planes who routinely fly wherever they are going. I also use mine when I check my luggage! Thanks for the great comment Allex

  12. I would think you could find a replacement mirror somewhere – that would be a cool additon… me some ideas here!

  13. The Dopp kit absolutely love is the TUMI Riley Kit (Alpha Bravo Series – Green/Orange). The brand is known for the functionability, design, and durability. It is expensive but hands down the best investment to date aside from my suit. Ballistic Nylon, hide-away hanging hook, compartments for all items, and the structure stays to form. I change between my gym bag and weekend bag every week and this covers ALL the bases. Love that thing.

  14. Forgot to mention the brand incorporates a bar-code tracking system in most everything and they ship it to you free of charge. Things like this let me know my hard-earned money is going towards more than just a brand name.

  15. I've had my Dopp kit for years. It's leather on the outside, has a wooden "floor" or bottom, and the waterproof vinyl lining was great until it got a tear in it from scissors. I still use it, but since it's compromised, it's time for a new one. That Blue Claw looks sweet!

  16. I call mine a medicine bag and i've had it for four years but i have to get a new one because my sister stole mine. 🙂

  17. Well, the fabric that held the mirror in was torn up; the article would need to be repaired altogether. But that's a good suggestion!

  18. Also, executive airports don't have security screenings. In short, flying your own personal plane is akin to driving a car. You don't have to put in hours of planning ahead of time; you go to your hangar, gas it up, and head to your destination. The only difference from driving a car is you have to notify air traffic controllers where you are and where you're heading so they can help you avoid any collisions.

    One of my professors flies, and has flown me to conventions we were attending.

  19. What about when traveling and the TSA agents say that my 3oz shampoo, lotion, soap containers need to be on a ziplock bag ? would this Dopp Kit do the trick for them ?

  20. A real Dopp Kit is LEATHER! They're usually inherited or gifted from father to son as a rite of passage. Just like being taught how to tie a tie, shave, and shine shoes. Fathers usually buy one for their son when they begin to shave.

  21. While late, I understand what you mean about lost things in complex bags – I recently opened up my deployment/travel backpack and found items which I hadn't seen since my wife and I got married.

  22. i like to take all my shampoo, conditioner,face wash etc and put them in small demo sized bottles and keep that in my kit so it saves room and whenever i need to go somewhere im ready to go toiletry-wise. also little pockets on the inside of the bag are great if you want to stay organized 

  23. What makes a good Dopp Kit? Why should you own one?

    Here are the top 4 things I look for when buying a Dopp Kit:

    #DoppKit     #groomingtips  

  24. Thanks for the video, i am still learning about this kinda thing. looking forward to get first my wash bag soon.

  25. You really need to write a book with all those interesting military details and put it on Kindle. And then tell me about it. :p

  26. You, Aaron Marino and Ashley Weston all turned me onto a Dopp kit. I wasn't aware of them before. I bought one for $6 on, made of sturdy canvas, lots of bells and whistles and a nice navy blue color.

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