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What is a Dopp Kit?

What is a Dopp Kit?

  1. We are always being asked, "What is a Dopp Kit?" and once people see the content of the kit, it's obvious that it's a toiletry kit with everything you need to travel or spend a night somewhere... but we did the packing for you!

But what does Dopp mean? And where did it come from?

We knew that 'Dopp' was used for toiletry kits (due to years of fashion school) but we didn't know where the word came from.

Was it just a 'trendy' name?  

Was it all of a sudden popular due to the beard phenomena and hipster-scene happening in the US?

Where we trying to be too-cool-for-school and try to make a toiletry kit sound fancy?

So off to Google we went to search what "Dopp Kit" really meant... 

From to the Word Detective online, October 30, 2001.

"According to newspaper accounts unearthed by Merriam-Webster's Jim Rader, the Dopp Kit was first produced by Charles Doppelt, a leather goods designer who immigrated to the U.S. from Germany in the early 1900s. Although it may have been Doppelt's nephew and employee, Jerome Harris, who actually invented the snazzy leather toiletries case, Doppelt was the boss and so the finished product bore a cropped form of his name, giving us the 'Dopp Kit.' Dopp Kits were manufactured by the Charles Doppelt Company until the firm was purchased by Samsonite in the 1970s, and Dopp Kits today are made by Buxton. The popularity of Dopp Kits was evidently boosted considerably by World War II, in the course of which the U.S. Army issued them to recruits by the millions.  

A soldier's "kit" consists of the standard equipment and personal articles issued to and carried by a soldier on a regular basis."

With the trend of leather bags and duffles, Dopp Kits have made a come-back as an essential accessory when packing for an overnight stay.  Dopp bags range anywhere from $30-$400 and there are thousands of different styles.  

Usually, Dopp Kit means just the actual bag itself, but Packed Kits has taken it one step further and packed it with everything you need! 

The Dopp Kit from Packed Kits is loaded with 13 different items (some coming all the way from London!), and includes a waterproof 'Dopp Kit' bag.  This Dopp Kit is perfect for anyone braving chemo, radiation, or just a great gift to give someone going through treatments.  It's everything someone doesn't know they will need and a perfect and practical gift to give.

Don't know what gift to give a man with cancer?  Or someone having surgery?  This is the #bestgiftever!  

Check out the new 'soldier's kit' for cancer patients here!