Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Great Holiday Gift Idea For Travelers

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By Jay Lloyd

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Looking for a holiday gift for your favorite traveling companion?  A ditty bag may be just the ticket.

What’s that, you say? A “ditty bag?”

Sure. Today’s sophisticated folks know them as toilet kits or, more politely, shaving kits.

But in the days of iron men and wooden ships, it was a plain “ditty bag.” Some say the word came from an Anglo-Saxon term for tidy.

A ditty bag was a handy canvas sack for a sailor’s small things: sewing and shaving gear, soap, a knife — stuff that would get lost rattling around in a duffel.

Nowadays, the retooled toilet kit looks something like a miniature country doctor’s bag.  But for the practical traveler or sailor, the modern ditty is still canvas and compartmentalized with a handy hook for hanging. so

Sold at outdoor gear stores for $20 to $40, ditty bags are a tidy guy getaway gift!

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