Most days, men’s grooming routine consists of shower, shave, trim beard (if you have one), put on deodorant, add hair product and done. This is the usual day, but if you are an avid traveler either for business or for pleasure, the usual grooming techniques are forgotten. This is not the best idea. Traveling can add stress because of lack of sleep, jet lag, dry airplane cabins and not the best travel food. It is actually a better idea to pay attention to travel grooming than you think. It is also to make sure that you properly pack for the trip!
The TSA has required liquid rules that most travelers are now used to following but just as a reminder, here are their TSA requirements: For domestic travel: Use 1 quart-size clear plastic bag, one bag per traveler. Travel size liquid sizes are 3 ounces or smaller. This rule changes slightly for European travel: Use 1 quart-size clear plastic bag, one bag per traveler. Travel size liquid is 100 milliliters or 3.4 fluid ounces.
Travel Packing Tips
When packing for a trip, keep in mind your destination and the trip’s purpose. Packing for a vacation will be a bit different than packing for a business trip. USA Today Men's Packing Tips has provided a handy list of packing tips for weekend to long-term travel:
- Make a list of what you will need to bring with your-especially if you are taking skis, snowboards, etc.
- If this is a pleasure trip, pack T-shirts, jeans and shorts for the daytime, along with at least one dress shirt and pants, and possibly a suit jacket for a nice dinner. Always pack at least one sweatshirt or sweater since indoor areas can be cold even during the summertime.
- Business trips will require a suit or dress pants, shirt, tie, dress socks, shoes, a belt, and jacket. Try to keep the suit and shirt as unwrinkled as possible.
- Pack boxers or briefs for every day of your trip as well as a few pairs of socks. Have a set of pajamas or whatever you sleep in for the trip as well. Pack whatever shoes you will be wearing sandals, flip-flops for the pool or beach, sneakers, and a pair of dress shoes for going out. If you are going to be near a beach or pool, remember to pack a bathing suit.
- For your toiletries, pack shampoo, conditioner and soap. (Bringing your own is recommended rather than using what is provided by the hotel.) Don’t forget your toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, trimmer, moisturizer and hair gel/paste. Also, don’t forget contact solutions, contact case, glasses, vitamins and prescription medications.
- Don’t forget the additional items! Remember to bring any electronics you frequently use such as your cell phone or laptop as well as their chargers. Bring your driver's license, passport if leaving the country, and plane tickets if you're flying. Take your sunglasses, sunscreen, reading materials, such as books or magazines.
Traveling Grooming Tips
Traveling on a plane can be a wonderful thing, but it also has its drawbacks. The air on the plane can be extremely dry and can wreak havoc with your body and the re-circulated air contains many germs. (Which is a whole other travel topic!) Most men do not keep up with their daily grooming when they are traveling. They just want to be as comfortable as possible during their trips. Take a small travel kit in your carry-on with you which would include moisturizer, a comb, anti-bacterial lotion and wipes, eye drops, travel toothbrush and toothpaste, and travel size deodorant. In order to look fresh and to feel fresh during plane trips (either for business or pleasure, here are a few traveling grooming tips to do on the plane or directly after de-boarding:
- Face Moisturizer-The air in plane are usually very dry, which quickly dries out your skin. If you are traveling long distances (especially overseas travel), put a face moisturizer on before you fall asleep. This will help with the dry skin as well as make you feel refreshed when you wake up. (That is if you can sleep on planes!)
- Moisturized Face Wipes-Some overseas flights will hand out warm towels for passengers to refresh after a long trip, if they do not, carry face wipes with you to use after you wake up to freshen up.
- Drink Water- Drinking plenty of water is an important part of the traveling grooming routine. Drink water before, during and after the flight is key for good hydration. Water will keep you and your skin hydrated, but will also help you feel more awake and combats jet lag when you land.
- Eye Drops-Because of the dryness of the air plane cabin, eyes can get dry and irritated. Make sure to pack eye drops to keep your eyes hydrate and fresh for your travel destination. This also helps with red, tired eyes if you are taking a very early morning flight and did not get much sleep the night before.
- Fresh Breath-Bring a travel-size toothbrush in your carry-on bag. If you are unable to brush your teeth on the plane, do so right after you land. This is good for your teeth as well as for those that you are meeting with or traveling with.
Mae Williams explains that there are some great grooming products at Men's Cuts that are great for the frequent traveler available at Men’s Cuts. “We do have a few American Crew styling wax products that are perfect for travel. We also have Paul Mitchell (aerosol) Dry Spray Hair wash that would work if you are on a lay-over over and can't get to a shower to freshen up. This will help to refresh an oily or dirty scalp. We have Woody's Body Spray (aerosol) which is perfect for travel. Beard oil is also available and perfect for a man who forgot his moisturizer.” Men’s Cuts has only two American Crew travel kits available for purchase at the salon! Stop in to get one before they are gone!