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The Essentials (and checklist) for the Modern Wash Bag

The Wash Bag (often referred to as the ‘Dopp Kit’ in the US) has been around for over 100 years. Originally used by US military during World War I & II, it was required for toiletries and grooming essentials for soldiers to maintain a high-level of hygiene. Soldiers would pack the basics such as toothpaste, shampoo, shaving cream, razor, soap and a comb. With the wide range of cosmetics and toiletries available today, it’s fait to say the needs of the modern traveller have evolved beyond the soldier’s essentials.
Global travel is at an all-time high, with 4.3 billion air passengers recorded in 2018.  The need for hassle-free travel and efficient packing is upon us, yet the original wash bag, over a century on, is still unchanged. Those tired black or brown leather wash bags for males or floral cotton pouches for females, still dominate most retail shelves and online stores. OneNine5 are here to change this and have reimagined the wash bag for the needs of the modern traveller.
Whether you’re travelling round South America, spending a long weekend in Europe or just heading home to visit family for a couple of days, the wash bag is an essential in your suitcase or backpack. If you’re reading this with an unpacked suitcase in front of you, don’t panic.
We’ve compiled a handy checklist below of the essentials for your OneNine5 wash bag to help you on your way. Where you see a recycling symbol -  it’s a friendly reminder, you can find an eco-friendly/ plastic free option out there.

The Wash Bag Checklist:


  • Toothbrush recycling symbol
  • Toothpaste recycling symbol
  • Mouthwash
  • Dental floss recycling symbol


    • Moisturiser
    • SPF recycling symbol
    • Aftersun
    • Lip balm
    • Face cleanser/ wipes recycling symbol

      Body & Bath 

      • Body wash/ soap recycling symbol
      • Razor recycling symbol
      • Shave cream
      • Deodorant/ Anti-perspirant recycling symbol
      • Aftershave/ Perfume


        • Shampoo recycling symbol
        • Conditioner
        • Hair Product
        • Hair Spray

          Other Essentials for the Wash Bag

          • Painkillers
          • Contraception (safety first) recycling symbol
          • Plasters
          • Tweezers
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