10 Ways to Use Your Mini Dopp Kit

Our dopp kits have been a long-time favorite product on our website. Recently, we introduced mini dopp kits, which pack a powerful punch in a much smaller package. While our full-size toiletry bags remain an ideal choice for long trips and daily organization, our new mini dopp kits have the special ability to organize a more minimalist selection of items in a compact way. Here are 10 ways you can put your mini toiletry bag to work!

Way 1: As an Overnight Toiletry Bag

There’s a reason dopp kits are also called toiletry bags: The most popular way to use them is to pack toiletries when traveling. While our full-size dopp kits are perfect for long trips, if you’re just going somewhere overnight, they may be too big. Our mini dopp kits are perfect if you’re just going to be spending a night at a relative’s house over the holidays, for example, or a night in a hotel after a conference. They’re just the right size to pack:

  • Your wet shaving supplies
  • A toothbrush and toothpaste
  • A stick of deodorant
  • Travel-sized shampoo and conditioner

Way 2: As a Diapering Supply Kit

If you have kids, you know the struggle that comes with packing their diaper bag on a daily basis. Clothes, toys, and snacks can fill the bag quickly, and then when your infant has a diaper blow-out, it can feel impossible to find the little bottle of diaper cream and the wipes that invariably have made their way to the very bottom of the bag. With a mini dopp kit, you can keep all these small items together so that when it’s time to change your little one’s diaper, all you have to do is find the toiletry bag you packed and go. We recommend the following in your diapering supply kit:

  • Diaper cream
  • Baby wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lotion
  • Travel-Sized Infant Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Travel-Sized Infant Body Wash

Way 3: As a Preferred Makeup Bag

Many women have a lot of makeup in their cupboards. Some makeup is used daily while other makeup is reserved for special occasions, but often, it’s all tossed together into one pile. In the morning, you may find yourself sifting through a pile of makeup to find your basics in foundation and lip gloss. Instead, consider using a mini dopp kit to separate out your preferred makeup—the couple of colors you tend to use over and over again on a near-daily basis. This will make getting ready in the morning quicker and easier. You may want to keep in your mini toiletry kit:

  • Daily Facewash
  • Daily Moisturizing Cream
  • A Foundation
  • An Eye Palette
  • A Mascara
  • A Lip Gloss or Two

Way 4: As a Medicine Bag

One great thing about our mini toiletry bags is that they can be used in tandem with our full-sized toiletry bags. If you’re going on a trip with the family, for example, you may choose to put everyone’s regular toiletries—including toothbrushes, deodorant, and razors—in the full-sized dopp kit and reserve the mini dopp kit for the types of things you don’t want the kids to have easy access to, like medicine. For most trips, the following are good medicines to have on hand just in case:

  • Prescription Medications
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antacids
  • Anti-Nausea Medication
  • Allergy Medication
  • Multivitamins

Way 5: As a Travel Bag

Traveling on a plane is uncomfortable, especially if you’re not sitting with family or close friends. Planes have close quarters, and it can be a pain to dig through your carry-on bag, especially to locate small items that have wormed their way into the bottom of the bag. Instead, consider using your mini dopp kit to separate out the types of small items you’ll invariably need on the plane, such as:

  • Headphones
  • Gum
  • Chapstick
  • Reading Glasses

Way 6: As a First Aid Kit

It’s important to be prepared for an emergency. Having an easy-to-access first-aid kit in the car can save you in the case of an unexpected accident or illness. Here are some of the items you should keep in your car first-aid kit just in case:

  • Adhesive bandages
  • Rubbing alcohol swabs
  • Neosporin
  • Ibuprofen
  • An Inhalers or EpiPen, if necessary
  • Gauze Pads
  • Medical Tape

Way 7: As a Locker Organizer

When your kids get to an age when they have their own lockers at school, they’ll want some grown-up ways to organize what feels like a new, grown-up space. A mini dopp kit, made with high-quality leather, can show them that you recognize this big change in their life while also encouraging them to keep track of some of the smaller items that often get lost in a locker. Pack it with the following to help them get started:

  • Pens and Pencils
  • Post-It Notes
  • Travel-Sized Deodorant (for days they forget)
  • Sanitary Napkins (for young ladies)

Way 8: As a Comfort Kit

There are certain times in our kids’ lives when they need some reminders of home. Whether its as minor as the first day of daycare or as serious as a hospital stay, giving them a comfort kit with some reminders of home can make them feel more safe and secure during what may otherwise be a scary period in their life. Here are some ideas for the types of things you might want to pack:

  • A picture of the family
  • Their security object
  • A fidget cube
  • A sweet treat
  • A note telling them you love them

Way 9: As a Distraction Bag

Sometimes, we bring children with us and ask them to wait quietly for longer than is natural for them. Whether we’re running errands all day or simply going out to a nice dinner, we’re likely to have better results with our kids if we make sure to pack some distractions for when they get restless. A mini dopp kit is perfect for this because it’s small enough to manage but big enough to pack some good distractions, such as:

  • A small box of crayons
  • A couple of toy cars
  • A pair of headphones
  • A deck of cards
  • A mini notebook

Way 10: As a Car Snack Bag

When you have kids and you’re constantly shuffling them from one afterschool activity to the next, it can be easy to lose track of your hunger. Suddenly, you’re starving—or your son is complaining that he forgot his lunch at home and hasn’t eaten all day—and your options are limited. Occasionally, you might be willing to stop for fast food, but we all know it’s not the healthiest of options. Keeping a bag in the car of easy-to-grab, somewhat healthy snacks can tide you over until you have time to stop for a real meal. Here are some ideas of the types of semi-healthy snacks you could keep in your mini dopp kit:

  • Granola bars
  • Trail mix
  • Dried bananas
  • Baby carrot sticks
  • Crackers and cheese

There’s no right or wrong way to use your mini toiletry kit. We are excited to begin offering these on our website and look forward to hearing about the innovative ways you put them to use in your families!