5 Ways to Pack an All-Purpose Pouch

At some point in the evolution of man, the all-purpose pouch was left by the wayside. And it’s time we brought it back. In an increasingly complex world, this innocuous bag is the one true organizer, providing the perfect carry-all for pretty much anything: cords, toiletries, first aid supplies, and more. In support of this classic accessory, here are five common uses any man can appreciate.

The Mini Dopp Kit

dopp kit

If you’re leaving town for less than a week, a full-size dopp is a tad excessive. Instead, pack a sturdy pouch with samples to make a far-more-portable substitute. This assortment covers the fundamentals: shampoo, face wash, shower gel, hair styler, lip balm, cologne, and a multipurpose shave treatment, plus nail clippers and tooth wisps for touchups.

The Cord Caddy

cord caddy

Forgetting a random cable is an easy mistake to make, and it comes with tiresome consequences. Keep a pouch well-stocked with basic cords, and you’ll never go without: We’ve picked a laptop charger, Lighting cable, earbuds, and aux cable, plus a portable battery for moments when an outlet is out of reach.

The First Aid Kit

first aid

This is an oldie, but a goodie. Remember, the emphasis here is on “first aid”, not brain surgery: If an injury demands more detailed attention, you should probably see a doctor. Band-Aids, gauze, alcohol wipes, antiseptic, medical tape, and a trusty pack of painkillers should handle any bumps and bruises you receive while in the field.

The Bag of Tricks

bag of tricks

For those who strive for preparedness, the right pouch can pack quite a wallop. This lineup was designed to solve as many problems as possible: Niche for Men and Reviver wipes handle unwanted odor, for body and clothing respectively. A Tide To-Go pen fixes stains, while Krazy Glue and a pocketknife serve as a two-piece tool kit.

The Pipe Bag

pipe bag

Some might call this the “O.G.” pouch, and we’re inclined to agree. If you happen to rock a pipe (and kudos if you do), a classic leather zip-up is the time-honored way to carry your instrument, along with the basic accessories. The leather itself will age to perfection, and will carry the scent of tobacco after a few months of use.

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