As guys, we like to keep things as simple as possible. We also like to stay clean, smell great, and look good. We all have our everyday routines and favorite products that we’ve grown used to. But when we travel, we can’t always bring our entire bathroom arsenal with us, and we’re forced to make some compromises. On the plus side, I’ll show you that travel grooming isn’t as complicated as you might expect.
When choosing which grooming items you’ll be bringing, try to select options that are lightweight, compact, and non-liquid whenever you can. Items that take up less space allow you more room for other things you’ll want to bring. Below are the picks for the best travel grooming products that every guy should bring when traveling.
Travel Grooming Essentials
Soap: A lot of guys like using body wash, but since they often come in bulky containers, it’s best to leave them at home. Soap is a solid, so its not subject to TSA regulations on liquids. There are many varieties to choose from, they store easily and they last a while. Depending on the length of your trip, you can carve a smaller bar using a knife to save even more space.
Shampoo: Like the soap you’re bringing, opting for something dry and solid is the best way to go with shampoo. Since you won’t be using them that often, shampoo soap bars last for ages. To use it, just lather them in your hands like you would with any other soap, then massage into your scalp for a minute or so before rinsing it off. There’s also soaps out there that can be used for both bath and shampoo purposes, like Dr. Bronner’s castille soap.
Moisturizer: Actually, you might not even need this. Since I stopped washing my face with soap, I rarely ever get dried out skin. If you do get dry skin, all you’ll need is a bit of coconut oil. It’s an excellent moisturizer, a mild antibacterial, is chemical free, and even doubles as a great cooking oil. Dip the tip of your finger (you only need a little) in a small plastic container filled with coconut oil, rub it between the palms of your hands, then gently spread it across your face. It can also be used on dry hair, but again, you only need a little.
Deodorant: The simplest deodorant you’ll ever need you can find anywhere. You probably already own some without even realizing it. I’m talking about baking soda. I know, I know. You’re probably thinking:
Wait a minute, you can’t be serious. Why would I want to carry around and rub a punch of powder over my armpits when stick deodorant is so much easier?
I thought the same thing when I first heard about it, but now I’m a believer. After reading about the potential long term health risks of using store bought antiperspirants, I started looking around for alternatives. Baking soda is one of the most versatile, as it’s a safe and effective deodorant and stores easily. To apply it while showering, pour a bit on your fingertips. Rub some into each armpit, shower normally, and rinse it off at the end of your shower. Make sure to rinse it off before you get out, otherwise it might irritate your skin. After a couple days, body odor will be a thing of the past. If you prefer other options, I discuss many alternatives to store bought deodorant here.
Tooth powder: Nobody wants to be known as the guy with bad breath. No matter where you go, looking after your teeth and keeping your breath fresh is important. But most toothpaste comes in large, bulky squeeze tubes that can’t go in your carry on. One way to get around this is to buy a travel sized tube of your preferred brand at your local pharmacy. Another option is to switch to tooth powder when traveling. Eco dent makes a great alternative to toothpaste in a powder form. I’ve had mine for a while, and it’s been years since I’ve gotten a cavity.
Toothbrush: For your toothbrush, you can either bring your normal toothbrush, or use a travel toothbrush. If you do decide to bring your toothbrush, keep it in a travel container to keep the bristles from getting dirty. One of the benefits of travel toothbrushes is the handle also doubles as a storage container.
Floss: Another necessity is floss. For most people, flossing is a time consuming and annoying chore. I used to never floss no matter how much my dentist complained, but eventually I stumbled upon a neat little product that took most of the fuss out of the process. Pre-made flossers are much easier to use than normal floss, as you don’t have to wrap it around your fingers, and they’re easy to get in hard to reach places.
Tongue scraper: When it comes to keeping your breath fresh, most people opt for chewing gum, mints, or breath sprays. Those are fine, but they’re not a long term fix. The main source of bad breath for most people is rotting food matter on your tongue that doesn’t come off with normal brushing. The only lasting solution that I’ve found is a plastic tongue scraper. Since I started using one my breath has been much better, and I stopped wasted money on mints and chewing gum.
By sticking with the essentials above, you should be able to carry around all your grooming needs wherever you go. While every guys has their personal preferences, hopefully you gained some new ideas by reading what I believe are the best options out there. I’m always looking for the best value and most convenient options out there, so check back once in a while to see if anything has changed. Feel free to comment in case you had any items you think deserve a spot here.
All the best,