The Ultimate Travel Dopp Kit

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Vacation, all you ever wanted. You’ve booked your ticket, you’ve gotten your PTO approved, and NOTHING WILL STOP YOU NOW, except for maybe the TSA when they realize that your entire bathroom and vanity made its way into your carry-on. It is so hard to follow the rules—is a nail file still considered a weapon?—but what are you supposed to do, risk ruining your clothes by stuffing that precariously-topped bottle of Alterna 10 shampoo in your luggage (...not to mention the famine of beauty you'll find yourself in if the whole thing goes MIA at baggage claim)? Certainly not.  So, while we wait for 3FLOZ to install kiosks of pre-packaged travel-sized must-haves at airports across the country (JFK’s should drop this month!), we’ve put together our own fool-proof travel kit. Note: it's as friendly for airport security as it is for your weekender bag.

FACE

Taking a cue from Julia Restoin Roitfeld’s “mommy glow,” we’ve stocked up on Mustela Facial Cleansing Cloths. They’re made for “delicate” baby skin, and their pre-moisturized quality makes them perfect for an in-flight pick-me-up—and they don't cut into your liquids quota. Remove/perfect your makeup with a mini Bioderma Créaline, because we would never leave home without it (you can even use it as face wash). And moisturize like a supermodel with Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré (we sighed a collective “aww” when we saw this adorable mini tube). Your eyes will stay hydrated with the inclusion of La Prairie’s Crème Caviar Luxe. Yes, we’re allowing an indulgence here, and one that relegates itself to carry-on-only territory, but you’ll hold onto this one loooong after your trip. And if there’s anywhere we’re going to splurge, it’s eyes (aka the windows to your soul). Lucky for you, pretty much every eye cream is packaged in a travel-friendly portion, so bring along whichever one you swear by. And finally, don’t forget your sunscreen! Here, we’re going to kill two birds with one bottle (weighing in at a mere 1.7 fl oz, to boot): SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50 Sunscreen. This ultra-thin, water-resistant, paraben-free UV defense has a "universal tint" and leaves a matte finish. The result is a tone-evening veil not unlike Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation—plus extra room in your makeup bag.

BODY

Take a moment for deodorant and avoid an olfactory offense (or perceived offense, as the case may be) from the physical exertion of running to your gate with Vichy 24H Deodorant. The tiny, baby-powder-fresh under-arm armor is super sensitive, aluminum-free, and fast-drying. Fend off any number of communicable diseases on your travels (for the full run through, watch Contagion) with Kiehl’s “First Class” Purifying Hand Treatment. This double-duty serum’s blend of lavender and rosemary is like Airborne for your hands, and it employs cactus flower to lock in moisture. When you do make it to a shower, Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castille Peppermint Soap is an organic non-drying body wash with a minty kick that'll jolt you out of jet lag. For...err… hairy situations, Bliss’ ‘Fuzz’ Off will save you from any unwanted attention. Yes, it’s meant for your face, but you could employ it between bikini waxes, if necessary. And last, but certainly not least, we always stock up on Kiehl’s Crème de Corps. Garance Doré described it best when she said: “It just leaves a glow on your skin and it stays.”

MOUTH

Yes, oral hygiene gets its own category here. Don't worry about it, just listen: Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste will keep the cavities and stains at bay, while Aesop’s Mouthwash will, as we've said before, provide a polite TKO to bad breath. We’re allowing a little extra room in our dopp kits for VioLight’s Travel Toothbrush and Sanitizer. Why? Six minutes in this UV-light case is all it takes to kill 99% of germs living on your toothbrush, eliminating both the moldy-travel-toothbrush holder conundrum and the need to leave your toothbrush on any questionable hotel-bathroom surfaces. So Fresh, So Clean.

HAIR

Traveling is no excuse to let your mane loose its oomph. Oribe’s Bon Voyage package has a little something for every occasion—color, shine, moisturizing masks, the works—all while economizing space. So important. Between washes, do like Arizona Muse and dry-shampoo with Klorane, or take advantage of second- and third-day texture with Bumble and bumble Surf Spray (another ITG Hall of Fame-er). Aerin’s ivory and gold Travel Brush will add a bit of lived-in style to your hotel/yurt vanity. Estée would certainly approve.

Finally, remember that you’re on vacation, and take a little “you” time. H. Gillerman Organic Travel Remedy's lemon-scented essential oils soothe achey, cramp-y, airplane muscles with just a roll on the neck or a capful in the tub before, during, and after your trip. Ahhhhhh.

*[Ed. note: the TSA allows a total of 32 oz (1 quart) of liquid per person in a carry-on bag. This dopp kit rings in at 25.63 oz, including creams.]

[1] Lisa Marie Fernandez's dopp kit photographed by Emily Weiss, [2-6] Photos by Elizabeth Brockway.

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  • unvanquished

    This is assuming we're checking a bag right? There is no way all of that fits into a tiny zippy.

    • ITGMackenzie

      Hi, Unvanquished,
      Great question. We added an editor's note to the end of the post. Safe travels ;)
      xo
      M

      • Michelle

        I thought it all had to fit into a quart-size zip-loc baggie if you are carrying-on? I think if you check your bag, there is no limit.

    • pamb

      Yeahhhh, I don't think those glass fragrance bottles would pass muster at a TSA checkpoint. I think there is a disconnect between the article and the pictures, don't understand why you would photograph a dopp kit that clearly can't be carried on a plane.

      • Carm

        I have recently traveled with Jo Malone glass bottles and TSA let me alone.

  • Nikki | Bon Voyaging

    I love this! Check out my post on great travel cases to put all of these amazing products in: http://bonvoyaging.com/never-forget-your-toothbrush-again-packing-toiletries/

  • JCA

    Do you have the name/brand/designer of the dopp kit featured above in the main picture? I have been looking for something like this!

    • C-Doyle

      Ditto! Can't find the perfect travel dopp kit ad this one looks amazing!

    • silverorange05

      Here too. That dopp kit looks gorgeous!

    • ITGNick

      Valextra!

  • Christine

    Better make it a big ziploc clear bag, especially if you're passing through Heathrow. Last summer, a lady at the XRay machines confiscated my Dopp Kitt, and had me put all my mini toiletries into a medium ziploc bag. When all the items did not fit, the woman said to choose which toiletries to bring.

    These days I only use Dopp Kits for road trips.

    • Michelle

      Yes. Depends on airport too. LGA is so cray, they didn't see to notice I had two quart-size baggies. But coming through Bozeman, they sat my butt down and made me consolidate into one. The only thing harder than choosing between children is choosing between toiletries.

    • Carm

      Yes, I agree about Heathrow. They went through my things with a fine tooth comb last fall. ugh!

  • http://www.novastyle.org/ Jillian Hobbs

    Just in time for my upcoming trip ;) thank you!

  • Parisian To Be

    If only this is what my dopp kit looked like.... Lovely post!

    xo Lillian from 'Parisian To Be'

  • N | P

    Love the article. Who makes the cosmetic/travel case?

  • Sallie

    Um. There is no way this would get through TSA. The requirement is that all liquids (gels, etc.) be in containers 3.4 oz. or smaller, and that all of these smaller containers must fit in a one-quart bag. http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/3-1-1-carry-ons

  • Chantel

    Nice travel kit!

  • therealblonde

    I don't know the rules for flying nationally, but internationally this won't, well, fly (this means intercontinental and European traveling). Everything needs to fit into a small ziploc bag, and no container can exceed 100 ml. Also, certain airports are extra strict (Heathrow) and will count lipgloss and even mascara as a liquid.
    It sucks! And doesn't make sense (it only gives a sense of false security). And it makes traveling for more than a couple of days hard, because you have to check your bag, often pay for that 'service', plus risk losing it.

  • Loren Scutt

    This is just in time for my trip next week! But going away for 2 weeks I definitely need more than 32 oz of liquids. It takes quite a lot of product for me to look "effortless"... atleast more than 1 quart of product. Thanks IntoTheGloss, some awesome travel sized recommendations!

  • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

    I want to know where to find that actual dopp kit or something similar! I like that it's deep and you can actually stand up your products...with mine, I have to lay them horizontal and cram, cram, cram.

  • http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com/ Jennifer Monforton

    Ah, this is super helpful! So many products that are handy, luxe, and travel-friendly! The Skinceutical sunscreen sounds so tempting :)

  • Nina

    OMG that little B&b Surf Spray baby, I cannot get over how CUTE it is! I need it ASAP! I loooove everything travel size.

  • http://www.reeftraveler.com/ Meredith

    This is a great kit, but it would have to be used for car travel or placed in a checked bag. This kit violates FAA carry-on rules since it is not in a quart sized clear bag.

  • Ivy

    Lisa Marie Fernandez's kit itself looks amazing! Does anyone know where to get the same thing, or something similar? I love the idea of bringing along a case like that....easier to access the products, more aesthetically pleasing.

  • Robin

    ITGers, do a google image search for vanity, case, luggage and you will see what you are looking for. Maybe what you are lusting for is Louis Vuitton's version?

  • H

    The TSA allows one quart sized bag, not one quart of liquid total,. All of the bottles under 100 ml need to fit into one quart sized hermetically sealed plastic bag.

  • Vanity corner

    Thanks for the tips and product recommendations!
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  • Vanity Corner

    Thanks for the tips and product recommendations!

    http://www.vanitycorner.info

  • Kelly Ann

    Now THIS is what I need, a kit of everything ready to go!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • taf

    I like saving deluxe samples and testers from my favourite brands. I do love "official" travel versions of products though -- so cute!

  • Masha

    great post, I loved the bag - where could I buy one?

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  • Behind the Mirror

    I've been looking for a new aluminum free deodorant! I am going to give the Vichy one a try!

  • Haveasweetday

    Hello darlings!!
    I was wondering if you could tell me where I could find a beauty case similar to the one portrayed above. I just love the fact that products are standing and not lying around, and one can have a clear view of what's inside all the time. Thank you very much indeed.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

Bumble and bumble
Bumble and bumble Surf Spray
WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie
Hartsfield Weekender Tote
Mustela
Mustela Facial Cleansing Cloths with PhysiObebe
Cosme-De.com
Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre 24-Hour Miracle Cream Travel Size
La Prairie
La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream
SkinCeuticals
SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50
Giorgio Armani
Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation
Vichy
24 Hour Deodorant Roll On
Dr. Bronner
Dr Bronner Organic Peppermint Mini Liquid Soap Set
Bliss
bliss 'Fuzz Off' Hair Removal Cream
Kiehl's
Kiehl’s Creme De Corps Travel Size
Violight
Violight Travel Toothbrush Sanitizer
Klorane
Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Non-Aerosol Spray
Alterna
Alterna TEN Shampoo
H. Gillerman Organics
H. Gillerman Organics Travel Remedy
Crest
Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste
Kiehl's
Kiehl’s First Class Purifying Hand Treatment
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