Travelling and Wet Shaving: How to Get a Great Shave on the Go


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Your trip is booked and you’re excited for that long-awaited adventure with your friends and/or signification other, but you’re worried about one thing – your grooming routine! Which razor will you bring? What about your soaps and brushes? Will you be forced to forego shaving and grow a beard?
Whether you’re taking a weekend road trip or traveling to Europe for the summer, we’d like to offer some wet shaving travel tips to make sure your experience is a smooth one. And for inspiration, don’t forget to check out our travel collection. We put together all of our favorite travel accessories in one place!

Safety Razors

The Merkur travel razor and case is portable and convenient on the goTraveling with a safety razor doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. Detachable and portable razors, or ‘travel razors’, are extremely popular because of their small size and compact nature. They offer a great shave and often come with travel cases for easy storage. A slight downfall of the travel razor is it’ size; it is much smaller and may not provide the closest shave that you’re used to. They also tend to be light, which can be disappointing if you’re used to shaving with a heavy razor.
If you prefer traveling with your full-size razor, a great way around this issue can be pairing it with a razor travel case or a simple leather head cover. Either option will protect the blade and prevent it from coming into contact with other materials or soaps. 
Leather covers are a great option when you want to bring your full size razor with you.

Leather covers are a great option when you want to bring your full size razor with you.

You’ll also want to pack a few extra blades. Those that are packaged in plastic containers and come with a disposal area on the back (like the Feathers) are the preferred choice. If traveling by air, it’s always a good idea to check passenger airport guidelines, as most don’t allow blades in carry-on luggage. To be on the safe side, we suggest putting blades in your checked baggage or be prepared to buy some when you arrive at your destination

Brushes 

You have your razor, now you need your brush. When selecting a brush, the main thing to consider is how quickly it dries. The best

Travel brushes come with a protective cover, but still allow your brush to dry fully when on the go.

Travel brushes come with a protective cover, but still allow your brush to dry fully when on the go.

way to do this is to look for travel brushes that are designed to dry in their containers. Another great way to go is synthetic brushes because their fibers are more durable and they tend to be very affordable.

Travel size brushes are quite common and come with great packaging. Some are made with turn back handles to protect brush fibers and to allow for easy storage. Many users of the travel brush admire its convenience but admit it is a bit small compared to a regular size brush. 
If you’re adamant about bringing your regular brush with you, remember to let it dry overnight. If possible, we recommend letting brushes dry on their own and avoid using a hair dryer on them. You can even try protecting the brush by slipping it into a pill container, but not every brush will fit. 

Soaps and creams

Shaving soap in resealable tubs make for great travel companions.

Shaving soap in resealable tubs make for great travel companions.

Traveling with shaving soaps and creams can get a bit tricky. Hard soaps that need a scuttle should be immediately be left behind and replaced with easier alternatives. 

We like soaps that come in tubs with screw top lids. This easy packaging allows brushes to be loaded in the tub and then lathered in your hands or on your face. 
 
If you’re not sold on tubs, we also suggest soap and cream tubes. With tubes, cream is easily squeezed onto brushes or into hands and can be easily lathered. Their small size also makes them ideal for carry-on luggage (under 100 ml). 
 

Aftershaves and Colognes 

Travel-size cologne bottles will help avoid hassles going through security.

Travel-size cologne bottles will help avoid hassles going through security.

No shaving routine is complete without the use of aftershave or cologne. Depending on the nature of your trip, it might be best to avoid alcohol based aftershaves if traveling by air. Travel size aftershave and colognes or roll-on colognes come in convenient travel bottles and are perfect for those on-the-go. To eliminate the risk of bottles breaking, we advise purchasing products in plastics bottles when available. 

Aftershave creams and balms are an excellent alternative to aftershaves and colognes. Most contain hydrating natural ingredients that moisturize and protect your skin. Generally, they are mildly scented and won’t be too overpowering. 

Protecting your equipment 

We love the elegant, retro-style of the military wet pack.

We love the elegant, retro-style of the military wet pack.

Now that you’re committed to bringing all your precious shaving products with you, it’s important to protect them from possible damage that occurs during transit. We strongly advise investing in a dopp bag to keep everything organized. A nice leather bag, for example, is distinguished and has enough room for you to store all the essentials and more. 

Military rolls are also very popular right now and are a great option if you’re looking to save a little space in your overnight bag or luggage. 

Conclusion
With a little planning and organization, you’ll be able to maintain that perfect shave for the duration of your trip. 
Happy Travels! 
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