Something that is often overlooked when planning for travel is the humble wash bag. Also known as the Dopp Kit, it was invented by Charles Doppelt in 1919 as a place to put toiletries for US soldiers. These days, every man needs a carry-all for travel essentials, that will not only keep everything contained, but prevent your signature scent spilling all over your clothes.
While it was acceptable to lug around a large zip-up pouch that had when you were a kid, it is probably best to leave it behind the next time you decide to jet. Big enough to fit the basics but small enough to chuck in your carry-on, checkout our top picks for wash bags below before your next trip.
For a no-fuss wash bag that doesn’t compromise on quality, Italian brand Diesel is your best bet. This one in particular features sturdy canvas, an exterior and interior pocket as well as a useful handle for easy carry. With a number of classic styles to choose from, it is hard to go wrong.
Diesel F-Urbhanity Wash Bag / $98 AUD SHOP NOW
For something more high-end, British fashion house Paul Smith is producing wash bags so good they could serve as a carry-all wallet. Sporting its signature stripe, pebbled leather, and roomy interior, this is perfect for short trips away.
Paul Smith Signature Stripe Wash Bag / $347 AUD SHOP NOW
At the top of its game for quality and functional luggage, Eastpak have used their 40-something years in the industry to produce functional pieces, and while the price is small, the return is bigger. With high-end collaborations including Raf Simmons and Christopher Shannon, the designs are wide without damaging your bank account.
Eastpak Toiletry Bag / £23 GBP SHOP NOW
Herschel Supply Co
Known well for its line of backpacks, Canadian company Herschel Supply Co, have also created a huge range of wash bags, no matter your needs or style. Coined the ‘travel kit’, it boasts a number of exterior and interior compartments, and like its backpacks, they are hardwearing and durable.
Herschel Supply Co Chapter Travel Kit / £30 GBP SHOP NOW
The Gentlemen’s choice, Hugo Boss provides a range of wash bags for on-the-go travel. For a waterproof version, the brand offers a nylon version, with chunky zipper and bold branding that will last forever.
Hugo Boss Nylon Toiletries Tribute Wash Bag / $125 USD SHOP NOW
Experts of canvas and nylon goods, Country Road have you covered for affordable travel accessories. Durable and ideal for internal organisation, the Australian company are going back to its heritage for a vintage look wash bag.
Country Road Clark Wetpack / $90 AUD SHOP NOW
Another vintage inspired wash bag, the Fossil Shave Kit is the perfect size for a weekend away. Its leather exterior and rigid shape will look better with wear meaning you’ll have it for years to come.
Fossil Framed Shave Kit / $169 AUD SHOP NOW
Operating since 1963 in the UK, the Ben Sherman name was well known for its selling of the short-sleeve oxford shirts before moving into other areas of clothing. Now, the brand is also offering a range of travel accessories including quality wash bags for the everyday man. With an exterior pocket as well as two larger interior sections, it will be easy to organise with Sherman.
Ben Sherman Canvas PU and Wetpack / $80 AUD SHOP NOW
Marks and Spencer
If there is anything that this high-street retailer does well its kit essentials – and the wash bag is one of them. Leather look with a double compartment, get the look for a tenth of the price of other designers.
M&S Collection Textured Saffiano Double Zip Washbag / $28 AUD SHOP NOW
Want Les Essentiels
If you’re prepared to spend money for exceptional quality and design, we recommend these guys. Based in Montreal, Canada, Want Les Essentiels is synonymous with minimalism but full functionality, easy to clean and is often made with organic cotton, supporting local farmers.
Want Les Essentiels Kenyatta Dopp Kit / $175 USD SHOP NOW
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