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Classic toiletry bags made of canvas and leather

The timeless yet historical charm of our canvas toiletry bags and leather dopp kits is perfectly matched to our luggage. Exquisitely handcrafted unique pieces made from fine buffalo leather and cotton fabrics. With many practical compartments and loving details. Perfect for your next world trip.

What makes our toiletry bags special

The toiletry bags from DRAKENSBERG are anything but ordinary. For us, sustainability is not just a buzzword but an integral part of product design. We are primarily interested in authentic toiletry bags made of leather and canvas, which could have been crafted 100 years ago. Natural materials are at the forefront, with little use of plastic.

We pay particular attention to especially high processing quality. All items have been handcrafted and checked multiple times. The zipper for our products comes from YKK. The production is fair and SEDEX-certified.

We are not deceived by "vegan" leather, which often contains plastic in reality. Genuine leather imitations from plant sources are rare. The term "natural leather" is often overused, but for us, it means genuine, unadulterated leather. For our leather toiletry bags, we only use high-quality, full-grain buffalo leather.

A high-quality toiletry bag for the 21st century should not only be functional but also convey an authentic and honest feeling. At DRAKENSBERG, we largely avoid the use of plastic. Neither leather nor canvas is coated with plastic. Our fabrics do not contain synthetic fibers. The leather used is sustainably and vegetable-tanned, albeit with minimal use of chrome. Each piece is unique with character and history. More style and authenticity and better for the environment.


A special gift: Leather and canvas toiletry bags from DRAKENSBERG

Looking for an original gift idea for a special person in your life, whether it's for Christmas or a birthday? Is this person a passionate traveler or globetrotter? Then our leather and canvas toiletry bags might be a wonderful choice. All of our travel toiletry bags are characterized by numerous loving details, offer many practical compartments, and are made almost exclusively from natural materials, mostly processed by hand. Each piece radiates an aura of adventure.


The function of a toiletry bag

A toiletry bag or necessaire is a small bag or pouch for men and women in which hygiene products such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, or body care products are stored. This bag is especially useful when traveling. The term "toiletry bag" only emerged in the middle of the 20th century and is derived from "body culture". Other common names include cosmetic bag, swimming bag, wash bag, and toilet bag. In parts of Germany and Switzerland, the terms "necessaire" or "necessär" are also used, which come from French.


All types of toiletry bags

In our range, we offer four basic shapes of canvas and leather toiletry bags: rollable toiletry bags for hanging, such as the Sid model; firm-shaped pouches, like the Glen model; small cosmetic bags, like the leather case Tim; and expandable toiletry bags, like the Ruby model. The choice of suitable toiletry bag depends on its intended use and personal preferences. All our toiletry bags are characterized by durability, artisan craftsmanship, and robustness.


Optimal size for a toiletry bag

All DRAKENSBERG toiletry bags for men and women have a capacity of about 5 liters. Experience has shown that this is an ideal size for daily needs on trips lasting up to three weeks.


Difference Between "Toiletry Bag" and "Dopp Kit"

Toiletry Bag:

  • Definition: A toiletry bag is a portable container—usually a zippered pouch—that holds items used for personal hygiene and grooming, such as shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, etc. These bags are especially useful when traveling.
  • Usage: The term "toiletry bag" is widely recognized and can be used universally. It doesn't denote any specific style or design.

Dopp Kit:

  • Definition: A dopp kit is essentially a type of toiletry bag. What distinguishes it is its history and name origin.
  • Origin: The term "dopp kit" is derived from its creator, Charles Doppelt, a German immigrant to the U.S. In the early 20th century, Doppelt designed a leather case to hold toiletries, which became known as the "Dopp kit." During World War II, the U.S. military issued them to soldiers, which contributed significantly to their popularity.
  • Usage: "Dopp kit" is especially prevalent in the U.S., but may not be as widely recognized in other parts of the world. It's often associated with a specific design: a rectangular leather or fabric case with a top zipper and a spacious compartment for toiletries.

In essence, all dopp kits are toiletry bags, but not all toiletry bags are dopp kits. The distinction lies more in the historical and cultural context of the term "dopp kit" rather than in any major functional or design differences. However, as time has progressed and the term has been more widely adopted, many modern dopp kits vary in design from the traditional rectangular shape.


What should be packed in a toiletry bag for a holiday trip?

The toiletry bag should ideally be tailored to your individual requirements, the available space in your suitcase, the destination, and the planned duration of the trip. Here are some essential items and cosmetic products that could be a valuable addition to your toiletry bag:

Toothbrush and toothpaste: These are fundamental for fresh breath and good oral hygiene and are indispensable on any trip. If you use an electric toothbrush, you should also pack the appropriate attachments.

Soap or shower gel: Travel sizes are particularly suitable when space in your toiletry bag is limited.

Shampoo and hair care products: For some, a simple 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner is sufficient, while others may require more specialized products or prefer natural organic hair care. Hairbrush and comb are also essential for many travelers.

Razor and shaving cream or gel: This applies to both men and women who prefer a smooth, hair-free skin.

Deodorant: Whether roll-on, stick, or spray, everyone has their own preference here. It is essential for personal freshness, especially in warmer climates or during physical activities.

Sunscreen: Especially essential for trips to sunny destinations. It protects the skin from harmful UV rays and sunburn. Always choose a suitable sun protection factor.

Makeup and makeup remover: For those who like to wear makeup, they should also pack a suitable makeup remover, pads, and swabs.

Hygiene products: For women, tampons or sanitary napkins may be necessary depending on the time of the month.

Other items that can be useful depending on the type and duration of the trip include nail scissors or nail clippers, tweezers, small scissors, band-aids, travel-size tissues, earplugs, lip balm, and a small mirror.

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