Poll: Dopp Kit vs Ditty Bag vs other
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 12-10-2013, 06:18 AM
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I have always called the travel bag for my toiletries a "ditty bag". My father used the term. It wasn't until I visited shaving forums that I heard the term "dopp kit".

My father was in the Air Force so maybe he picked up the term there. Or maybe it is regional thing. I grew up in the Philadelphia region.

Which term do you use? It will be interesting to see.

Phil

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 12-10-2013, 06:28 AM
#2
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Before I heard the term Dopp kit on the shaving forums?

I always called it "Ziploc" Tongue

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 12-10-2013, 06:33 AM
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  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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I voted Dopp, but I more commonly referred to it in the past as a wet bag, wash bag or toiletries bag...

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 12-10-2013, 06:36 AM
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  • celar36
  • Enjoying Life 1 shave at time
  • London, UK
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Wet Bag or wet pack here in England

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 12-10-2013, 07:07 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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I always referred to it as the toiletries bag, and this is what I've used for years when traveling.

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 12-10-2013, 09:15 AM
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Toiletry bag - but since it's part of a larger kit I just call the whole thing the GoBag.

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 12-10-2013, 10:47 AM
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well - since i am norwegian i say 'toalettmappe' Biggrin never heard about dopp or ditty - sounds like two cute kittens!

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 12-10-2013, 10:57 AM
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Mine always has the word "toiletry" in it -- toiletry kit, toiletry bag, etc.

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 12-10-2013, 11:04 AM
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(12-10-2013, 10:47 AM)tonsorius Wrote: well - since i am norwegian i say 'toalettmappe' Biggrin never heard about dopp or ditty - sounds like two cute kittens!

Norwegian.. yeah, I sometimes speak that language too Tongue

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 12-10-2013, 11:39 AM
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  • Coyote
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  • Hondo, TX USA
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Quote:The word Dopp is a registered trade mark of a man’s toiletry kit. It was designed by Jerome Harris for his uncle Charles Doppelt, a German immigrant to Chicago in the early 1900s. So it’s presumably an abbreviated form of Mr Doppelt’s family name. The word became widely known during the Second World War when GIs were issued Dopp kits. The company was purchased by Samsonite in the early seventies.

I have always used Dopp Kit because my Dad called it that. He was a WWII Vet and picked it up there. My first leather Dopp Kit was a gift from him as a right of passage once I started shaving.

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 12-10-2013, 11:46 AM
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(12-10-2013, 11:39 AM)Coyote Wrote:
Quote:The word Dopp is a registered trade mark of a man’s toiletry kit. It was designed by Jerome Harris for his uncle Charles Doppelt, a German immigrant to Chicago in the early 1900s. So it’s presumably an abbreviated form of Mr Doppelt’s family name. The word became widely known during the Second World War when GIs were issued Dopp kits. The company was purchased by Samsonite in the early seventies.

I have always used Dopp Kit because my Dad called it that. He was a WWII Vet and picked it up there. My first leather Dopp Kit was a gift from him as a right of passage once I started shaving.

If it is a true "Dopp kit" type of bag, is it one of those that unzips, and the "mouth" opens up on it (it has a wire running through the edges that give it shape). This kind is most common in the military, and it's what I think of when I hear "Dopp kit." I still have mine from when I was in the service.

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 12-10-2013, 12:09 PM
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  • Coyote
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  • Hondo, TX USA
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Yes it was. My first two were the traditional Dopp Kits. I still have one. The one I use now is similar to Johnny's that I got from Cabela's.

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 12-10-2013, 12:11 PM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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WWII Dopp Kit

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 12-10-2013, 12:45 PM
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Toiletry bag for me! Biggrin

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 12-10-2013, 02:11 PM
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so - if dopp comes from doppelt - and doppelt in german means double or twice - it would be doub-kit or perhaps stereo-kit or

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 12-10-2013, 02:39 PM
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  • Rufus
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I call it a sponge bag.

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 12-10-2013, 03:35 PM
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  • OldDog23
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  • BeanTown MetroWest
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"other"....SHAVING bag.

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 12-10-2013, 04:00 PM
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  • vuk
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  • Virginia
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Growing up I always remember them being referred to as Dopp kits regardless of the brand.

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 12-10-2013, 06:14 PM
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  • CRAusmus
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  • Going from Texas to Georgia
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Always called it a Dopp Kit. What my grandfather and my father called it.

I do however use a "Ditty Bag" when I go backpacking. However a "Ditty Bag" has a lots of other stuff, and doesn't include toiletries at all.

This makes me think of the whole "Watch Cap" vs "Beanie" debate I get into with the younger folks at work about. Funny how even those that grew up military brats have never heard the term "Watch Cap".

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 12-10-2013, 07:03 PM
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It's called a ditty bag in our family. I've also heard it called a toiletry bag, but I use ditty bag. I've never heard the term dopp kit until I read it on one of the shaving forums.

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