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Your Complete Carry-On Dopp Kit

“Every guy should have a travel kit with duplicates of every toiletry he uses on a daily basis,” says Justin Klosky, the expert organizer behind the OCD Experience. “You just keep it packed and ready to go at all times. Store it away underneath your sink. The only things you should have to add to a dopp kit while packing for a trip are prescriptions and maybe a night guard. This will save you at least ten minutes while packing.”

To be ready to hit the road at the drop of a hat, you’ve got to first make sure your dopp adheres to the TSA’s strict rules. Nothing is worse than getting your Clark’s Botanicals Face and Body Wash confiscated. Here’s the basic regulation, straight from TSA’s website: "Food items such as jams, salsas, sauces, syrups and dips will not be allowed through the checkpoint unless they are in containers three ounces or less and in the passenger's one quart zip-top bag. This applies to gift items including lotions, creams, scented oil, liquid soaps, perfumes, and even snow globes, that are in excess of three ounces—even if they are in sealed gift packs."

Airport security doesn’t care if you dropped $46 on body wash or $3.50 on some salsa. They’ll take it all if it exceeds three ounces and it’s in your carry on. With Klosky’s advice and the TSA constraints in mind, here’s a look at your perfect and perfectly compliant air travel carry-on Dopp Kit:

The Travel Set

For all carry-on bags, liquid toiletries must be in bottles clearly labeled as containing 3.4 ounces (100 ml) or less of liquid. Skip siphoning your big bottle of shampoo into a little one (you’ll lose half the bottle in the pour anyway), and instead get your whole travel grooming routine in one complete set like American Crew Essentials Travel Kit. For deodorant, there’s no concern as non-liquid toiletries do not have a size limitation (unless it’s a spray bottle).

The One Quart Bag

According to regulations, passengers traveling within the U.S. must limit carry-on liquid toiletries to a quart-sized, zip-sealed plastic bag. This one works.

The Dopp Kit

You don’t have to recreate your childhood dopp kit from scratch (as Max Wastler at Buckshot Sonny’s has done), but your kit should be something you can take some pride in. We like the Archival Clothing Dopp Kit in Ferrari red.

The Backpack

Because you need to stash your dopp in something with a shoulder strap. This low profile BAGGU® Backpack is an upgrade from your middle school Jansport.

See the TSA travel brochure here for more information.

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