A stylish, roomy toiletry bag with versatile pockets
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TripSavvy / Stephanie Vermillion
Vegan leather exterior
Included toiletry bottles
Tough to access toiletries for air travel
Weird smell when first opened
The Vetelli Classic Dopp Kit is a stylish and organized travel bag with versatile pockets for toiletries of all sizes.
We purchased the Vetelli Classic Dopp Kit so our reviewer could test and assess it. Keep reading for our full product review.
A toiletry bag is one of the few accessories that comes with me on every trip, which means my Dopp kit has faced a lot of wear and tear over the years—not to mention a few spills. As my fiancé and I geared up for a two-week trip through Europe, we decided it was time to up our game with a fresh bag for our bath products. That’s how we stumbled upon the Vetelli Classic Dopp Kit. This product promises pockets galore with high-quality vegan leather that’s built to last—a huge improvement over the toiletry bags I’ve packed in the past, which were essentially big pouches with zero storage space.
But would the moderately-priced Dopp kit prove to be functional and organized and keep my liquids straight? See how it fared for me and whether or not it’s a gift you should buy for friends, loved ones, or even clients with wanderlust.
Though advertised in the listing as being “for men,” the Vetelli Classic Dopp Kit is classic and unisex. As a vegetarian, I was instantly drawn to the use of vegan leather (available in brown only). It looks just like leather but gives me peace of mind knowing it’s cruelty-free. Perhaps because of that, this Dopp kit came with a strange smell, but it eventually went away after about a week of airing out.
This Dopp kit is much more than just a pretty bag, though. It has two main compartments—a roomy top portion and a functional bottom—that make it versatile as can be. The top compartment is one large pocket that’s lined with nylon and a water-resistant base; I put my liquids like shampoo, conditioner, and lotion up there because of my track record with toiletry-bag spills.
As a vegetarian, I was instantly drawn to the use of vegan leather.
When unzipped, the bottom compartment folds open to reveal two separate pockets: The top flap features a long mesh pocket, great for toothbrushes or combs. The base flap has two mini mesh pockets, where two included toiletry tubes (blue and green) easily fit. These easily-fillable tubes worked perfectly for my travel hair styling products. To the right is an elastic flap to keep something like a shaving kit or brush in place (I put my mini razor kit here to keep it secure). All these pockets made staying organized a welcome breeze.
One downfall is the zippers. While the manufacturer notes they’re built to provide long-lasting strength, they were definitely not the easiest to use. Perhaps it’s the antique finish, or maybe it’s the steel material, but these zippers didn’t glide as easily as I liked, which became a major issue when I was trying to unload liquids for security. I've taken this kit on a few trips now, and it still gets a little jammed when I open it. It's like I have to coax it to go over the top of the kit.
With all of this kit’s pockets, it’s not surprising it takes up a good chunk of space. It measures 11 x 6.2 x 6.1 inches—almost the entire top half of my travel backpack. In terms of portability, I also found this bag was trickier for air travel. It’s built to keep toiletries organized—something I love when traveling by car or train—but it’s a maddening hassle when trying to go through security at the airport. I found myself scrambling to get every last liquid out of its tucked-away space.
Of course, there are a few easy solutions: throw toiletries in the top compartment in a clear bag or check the Dopp kit—but these take away from the functionality of the bag. In the future, I’ll use it when I’m traveling mostly by train or car and maybe one or two flights, but for any multi-flight trips, I’ll opt for a clear TSA-approved liquids bag.
It’s obvious this bag is durable and built to last. The stitching is tight and withstood two weeks of air and train travel (and my correlated packing, repacking, and stuffing it in my backpack). I had no problems with stuck or broken zippers, and the nylon interior stayed as good as new.
The zippers didn’t glide as easily as I liked, which became a major issue when I was trying to unload liquids for security.
With that said, the vegan leather exterior does make this bag a bit fussy. The instructions suggest avoiding harsh sunlight, being careful about color transfer from denim, using a protective treatment, and regular cleaning with warm water. I’m not overly careful with my toiletry bags, so that took some getting used to—but I guess that’s the price I pay for a bag that looks this nice!
The Vetelli Classic Dopp Kit runs at about $55 (often less on sale), so it’s on par with competitors. In my opinion, this is a solid price for the bag’s vegan leather and high-quality build. Plus, the company offers a lifetime warranty.
The Vetelli Classic Dopp Kit and Velino Buffalo Leather Dopp Kit (view on Amazon) may look similar from the outside, but the Velino bag is built with buffalo leather compared to Vetelli’s vegan materials. The Velino bag has an entirely different build, with two side-by-side compartments instead of the Vetelli’s stacked compartments, as well as a zippered pocket on either side. Your decision might depend on whether you prefer vegan or authentic leather—and how you like to organize your products.
If appearance matters, this is your bag.
If you aim for style and functionality down to your toiletries, the Vetelli Classic Dopp Kit is a wise investment, particularly given its lifetime warranty.
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