Aer Travel Kit Review

The Aer Travel Kit is ideal for organizing toiletries as you zip around the world. We love the internal organization, durable materials, and nifty hook.

Aer Travel Kit In Porto, Portugal
Aer Travel Kit In Porto, Portugal

Our Verdict

8.4 /10

Form

83/100

Design

80/100

Value

87/100

Pros

  • Small enough to take up minimal space in your pack and large enough to hold all of your toiletries
  • Top-notch craftsmanship and materials
  • Great internal organization

Cons

  • If you don’t pack strategically, this kit may be difficult to close
  • The fabric isn’t waterproof
  • The interior elastic could be tighter

Technical Details

  • Capacity

    2.5l

  • Weight (lb)

    0.4 lb (0.2 kg)

  • Denier

    1680D

  • Dimensions

    6.5 in x 9.5 in x 3 in (16.5 x 24.1 x 7.6 cm)

  • Notable Materials

    CORDURA® Ballistic Nylon, YKK Zippers

  • Manufacturing Country

    China

  • Warranty Information

    Aer Lifetime Warranty

Full Review

Unless you want all of your toiletries randomly splayed all over your bag, a Dopp kit—or toiletry kit as they’re also called—is a necessary item to take while traveling. The Aer Travel Kit, with its durable materials, great internal organization, and nifty hook, is a solid option. It’s also why we featured it in our Digital Nomad Packing List.

Aer Travel Kit Flat Lay
Aer Travel Kit Flat Lay

Alright, so now that you know we’re into this kit, let’s check out why.

Materials & Aesthetic

The look of the Aer Travel Kit just screams Aer to us. It has a similar aesthetic to a lot of Aer’s other products (the Day Sling, Travel Duffel, Travel Pack, etc). So if you’re a fan of that sleek and minimalist style, you’ll probably enjoy the look of this kit too. We’ve been testing it in black, but it’s also available in an equally classy gray.

Aer Travel Kit In Detroit
Aer Travel Kit In Detroit

At 2.5 liters, this kit isn’t huge, but it’s large enough to fit everything you’ll likely need on the road. We’ve also found it to be a great size and shape for packing, too. You can stand it up vertically in your bag, whereas a lot of other Dopp kits need to be laid horizontally.

And in classic Aer fashion, the materials are no joke. The exterior is made of 1680D CORDURA® ballistic nylon, which is some seriously tough stuff. While the kit isn’t waterproof (best not to take a shower with it) it is water-resistant, which is definitely necessary for a Dopp kit since water and toiletries go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Aer Travel Kit Material
Aer Travel Kit Material

The main zippers are all YKK RC #8, which are a bit beefy for a kit of this size. In fact, these big zippers tend to jingle in-transit just like those on the Aer Travel Pack 2. This is a tad annoying, but we’d much rather have zippers that are too big than ones that’ll break. The zipper on the front pocket is a YKK Aquaguard for added water-resistance, which is also a zipper you’ll see on most Aer products. It definitely adds to that classic Aer aesthetic we mentioned earlier.

Aer Travel Kit Zipper
Aer Travel Kit Zipper

The internal zippers are also YKK, though a much more reasonable size at #3. And the stowable hook is YKK as well. We never knew YKK made hooks, but we’re glad they do!

Inside the Kit

Moving right on to the interior of the kit, we think this thing has the ideal amount of organization. It has enough that you can fit and find all your toiletries easily, which is just what we want. That being said, if you do have a massive amount of toiletries—you might have some issues.

Aer Travel Kit Front With Ziploc
Aer Travel Kit Front With Ziploc

Taking a quick tour of the kit, we’ll start with the two external pockets—neither of which have anything fancy going on. They’re a great place to stash some flatter items you may need to access quickly. We’ve been tossing a small plastic bag in the front pocket—to hold our liquids at airport security if need be—and our first-aid kit in the back. Trust us—you never want to go digging for your first aid kit.

Aer Travel Kit Toothbrush Holder
Aer Travel Kit Toothbrush Holder

There’s also a little toothbrush pocket on the exterior, which we think is a lovely touch. You’ll likely store your toothbrush internally while in-transit, but having a place to stick it while staying at a hotel or Airbnb is super helpful. It’s the little things, you know?

Aer Travel Kit Open
Aer Travel Kit Open

Now let’s open up that main compartment. You’ll immediately see the stowable hook at the top. This is great because it allows you to hang your kit up in your hotel/Airbnb room, or on a hook in a public shower—and it can always be tucked away when not in use. The kit hangs pretty well too, as long as the main zippers are all fully unzipped.

Aer Travel Kit Hanging
Aer Travel Kit Hanging

Beneath that is a large mesh pocket, which is a perfect spot for the flatter HumanGear GoToob containers that we’ve filled with gels, lotions, hair product, and some ibuprofen. We’ve also tossed our body soap in this pocket.

Aer Travel Kit Inside Mesh
Aer Travel Kit Inside Mesh

On the other side, you’ll find a pocket with an elastic organizer that’s split into four sections. This is where we’ve been keeping the bulk of our liquid toiletries: our HumanGear GoToobs liquid containers with toothpaste and our Merino Wool Wash inside of them, as well as our deodorant, and travel trimmer.

Aer Travel Kit Main
Aer Travel Kit Main

There’s also a zippered pocket, where we’ve been storing smaller items like tweezers and nail clippers.

Aer Travel Kit Inside Zipper
Aer Travel Kit Inside Zipper

Lastly, there’s another elastic organizer with two sections that’s ideal for a razor, comb, or toothbrush. There’s even a little vertical pocket to protect the head of your toothbrush, or to stuff a few small items if need be.

Aer Travel Kit Inside Elastic
Aer Travel Kit Inside Elastic

We did find that this elastic was a little large, especially for travel-specific items that tend to be smaller than their non-travel counterparts. While none of our items fell out, they did slide around quite a bit. We hope Aer can take a closer look at this elastic in future iterations.

Durability and Testing

We’ve been testing the Aer Travel Kit for about two months now and it’s done us proud. There are a few loose threads and small blemishes (it appears toothpaste is to blame for those) but nothing unexpected.

Aer Travel Kit Grabbing Gootube
Aer Travel Kit Grabbing Gootube

We have found that you have to be strategic when it comes to packing this thing. It’s difficult to utilize all of the pockets and compartments unless you use really flat items—the kit can easily become too fat to close.

The way we think about packing is in layers, moving from flatter items up top to bulkier ones beneath. And as long as you do that, you’ll be good to go.

Usage Timeline

Initial Usage

Condition: Excellent

  • Really digging the organization on the Aer Travel Kit.
  • We like the ability to stand a toothbrush upright on the outside of the kit.
  • Zippered compartment is great for thinner toiletries (about the depth of a bar of soap).
2 Weeks of Use

Condition: Excellent

Holding up nicely, liking that exterior toothbrush pocket

1 Month of Use

Condition: Excellent

Starting to see a few little blemishes along the interior. Toothpaste residue perhaps?

2 Months of Use

Condition: Good

Spotted the first loose thread at the top of the interior of the kit.

Overall

In typical Aer fashion, the Aer Travel Kit has a simple, sleek aesthetic and is built with quality materials and top-notch craftsmanship. It’s small enough that it doesn’t take up too much space in your pack but large enough to fit everything you need—as long as you pack strategically. The elastic on the interior of the pack could be a bit tighter, but overall it’s a solid Dopp kit that should last you a while.

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By Tom Wahlin
Created June 26, 2019 • Updated October 28, 2019