10 Grooming Essentials You Need In Your Dopp Kit

Wherever you go, one thing's for sure—organization is key. What better way to do so by having a dopp kit packed and ready for every kind of adventure? Here's a list of dopp kit essentials that are tried-and-true.

1| Shampoo


Picking up dry shampoo or relying on hotel products may seem tempting, but really, it depends on where you're going. If its somewhere tropical, shampoo is definitely something you should bring since hair is more susceptible to dirt and oil in warmer climates. It's also better to have a product you trust rather than using hotel shampoo which could dry your hair out.

Natural Shampoo (P1,240) by Hanz De Fuko, sephora.ph

2| Conditioner


You may ask yourself, hey, why don't I just bring a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner and kill two birds with one stone? Multitasking products are life-changing that much is true, but 2-in-1 hair products specifically have been proven to cause product buildup.

Natural Conditioner (P1,240) by Hanz De Fuko, sephora.ph

3| Facial Wash

IMAGE: Kiehl's

A facial cleanser is a no-brainer. One that foams and suits all skin types will do the trick for any ocassion. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser does that and more without over-drying or stripping skin of its natural oils.

Ultra Facial Cleanser (P1,250) by Kiehl's, kiehls.com.ph

4| Moisturizer

There are three things you need to check when bringing a moisturizer for traveling. First is how lightweight the formula is, second is how long it can keep your skin nourished, and last is if it can get your skin's shine under control.

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Clinique for Men Oil Control Mattifying Moisturizer (P2,200) by Clinque, rustans.com

5| Shave Oil

If you're asking why shaving oil deserves a place in your dopp kit, chances are, you haven't actually held a bottle of the multitasking product before. Shaving oil has the ability to act as shaving foam and aftershave by prepping your skin by warming up and softening your beard while locking in moisture.

1635 Pre-Shave Barber “Oil” 30ml (P1,034) by VMV Hypoallergenics, sephora.ph

6| Razor


Leave your trusty clippers at home and pack a classic that takes up less space: the razor. A disposable one seems like the best option, but a metal one offers a closer shave while reducing waste. There are even collapsible ones that only take up two inches of space if you want to be really smart about it.

Men's Double-Edged Safety Razor ($75) by Baxter of California, baxterofcalifornia.com

7| Shower Gel


Most hotels have soap but it's always best to come prepared. This one by L'Occitane comes with more bonuses: It's lightly scented in L'Occitane's signature L'Occitan scent, and if you're desperate enough, it can cleanse and shine hair too.

L'Occitan Shower Gel (P1,200) by L'Occitane, rustans.com

8| Deodorant

Aside from body wash, you can keep smelling fresh throughout your trip by packing deodorant. Some brands even make travel sizes that will fit perfectly into your dopp kit.

Oud Wood Deodorant Stick by Tom Ford, rustans-thebeautysource.com

9| Toothbrush


A toothbrush is self-explanatory. Even though a dopp kit will fit a regular sized toothbrush, you should consider choosing other options for travel. There's plenty to choose from: Collapsible toothbrushes, mini toothbrushes, and bamboo toothbrushes which are smaller than usual toothbrushes. Don't forget the toothpaste while you're at it.


Panda Charcoal Bamboo Toothbrush (P149) by The Bamboo Company, beautymnl.com

10| Comb


A comb really isn't an essential if you have shorter hair, but it'll take up little to no space, so why not? Investing in a P400 comb may seem frivilous but Acca Kappa's is not just any black comb. Made from Carbonium, it is anti-static due to carbon fibers and anti-bacterial silver ions.

Professional Wide Tooth Comb (P400) by Acca Kappa, rustans.com

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Paolo Chua
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Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor at Esquire Philippines, where he writes about fashion and grooming. Before joining Esquire Philippines, he was a writer at Town & Country Philippines.
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