Travel Grooming Tips
Maintaining your appearance can be a time-consuming process, but when at home, it’s a pretty straight-forward one. Travelling can bring out the scruff in any of us, and it can be pretty tricky to stay so well-groomed without your home comforts right at your fingertips. Although you might not be able to pack up your whole bathroom or dressing table and bring it with you on your travels, luckily, there are 10 essential tips which can be followed in order to stay well-groomed while on the move. There’s nothing worse than having low self-esteem when on holiday, so take these tips into consideration, and your friends will soon be looking at your traveling pictures; wondering what your secrets for looking so sharp are!
1. Stay Organised
Luggage limits and lack of space are the biggest pain when traveling, but what if there was a way to keep all your important toiletries together? Thanks to dopp kits, also known as toiletry bags, you can keep all your essentials in one place, without the worry of scrambling around your luggage, concerned that you forgot your favorite aftershave. Dopp kits tend to be kept in the bathroom for easy access while traveling, and usually have waterproof compartments to ensure that no spillages occur. The last thing you want when traveling is your liquids exploding all over your clothes, so using a dopp kit helps to prevent this.
So, it’s all well and good having a dopp kit, but what do you need to fill it with? Asides from the standard small pair of clippers and scissors, the following items mentioned in this guide are essential for staying well-groomed when traveling.
2. Keep Things Fresh With Body Wash
We’re starting off with some basic grooming tips, but surprisingly, even the simplest of tasks can get forgotten about while enjoying new experiences when traveling. Whether you’re traveling on a budget or vacationing in luxury, you obviously don’t want to get smelly. Pack your favorite body wash which reminds you of home, so you can feel confident and fresh while on your travels. The great thing about bringing your own body wash is that the majority can be purchased in travel sizes, meaning you can pop one in your dopp kit and not have to worry about maxing your luggage weight limit. If you find yourself running out of space when packing; don’t worry. The majority of hotels will supply body washes, so you can sacrifice this if necessary.
3. The Hair On Your Head
Accompany your choice of body wash with a good shampoo which won’t let you down. It’s likely that your hair is used to using a particular shampoo, so it’s wise to take this same one on holiday with you so you don’t confuse your scalp. If you’re going to be traveling somewhere which has a different climate to what you’re used to, be prepared by bringing along a dandruff shampoo. Dandruff shampoos will prevent your scalp from becoming flaky and making your hair look dirty, and the great part is that they also come in travel sizes. However, if you wash your hair every day, then you might find that bringing a regular sized dandruff shampoo will be more worthwhile. It’s unlikely that you’ll be wanting to hide behind a hat all holiday, so take the correct measures to be free and embrace your (dandruff-free) locks!
4. Body Hair
Now that the hair on your head is sorted, it’s time to think about all the other areas. Whether you like to stay well-groomed or prefer to embrace your wild side, there’s always going to come a time in your life when hair needs to be trimmed. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a waxer, a plucker, or a shaver, tools are going to be limited when traveling, so you’re going to need something which does the job; an all-in-one. The best tools to use for maintaining your body hair are body trimmers, as they say goodbye to coarse hairs in an instant. If you’re lucky, they might even fit in your dopp kit, but if not, they’re still perfect for traveling due to being so portable. The great thing about body trimmers is that they can also be used on the face, so your beard will also get a seeing-too without the need for an extra device.
5. What About Hair Products?
As you can probably tell, your hair steals the limelight when it comes to staying well-groomed. Once it’s all looking clean and trimmed, you’ll want to style it with some hair product. There are lots of hair products out there, but many of them come in bottles which are far too big for traveling; not to mention that they run the risk of leaking. To keep your hair styled when traveling, use hair clays to prevent this issue. It doesn’t matter whether you opt for a messy look or a sleek look, hair clay will help you achieve your desired appearance in seconds. You can even mix up your look on a daily basis as it’s so versatile! Hair clays already come in handy travel-friendly sizes, so simply slip one into your bag and look styled wherever you jet off too.
6. Do You Have A Beard?
Although technically a hair product, beard oils are so important that they deserve their own section in our travel essentials grooming guide. If you have a beard, then you understand that it cannot be left unmaintained for long periods of time. While some travelers shave the whole thing off before exploring the world, it’s completely understandable that this option is not everyone’s cup of tea. Whether you’re going to be spending days in the sea or days in the snow, your beard will start to show signs of mistreatment if not kept under control. Beard oils take a few seconds to apply and will leave the lower half of your face feeling both moisturized and hydrated. You’ll be bound to turn heads for all the right reasons.
7. Don’t Forget About Your Pearly Whites
There is no doubt that you’re going to be enjoying lots of new foods and drinks while traveling. Especially drinks which are high in sugar to keep your energy levels up. Either way, you’ll be putting your teeth at the risk of damage if not looked after properly. There is nothing wrong with having cheat days on holiday, but just make sure that you don’t neglect your teeth. Remember to pack your toothbrush and toothpaste and stick to your daily routine. As well as this, pack some dental floss to ensure that all the exotic foods you have enjoyed don’t outstay their welcome! Your smile is going to be the first thing your new travel buddies are greeted with, so make a good impression and look after your pearly whites!
8. Smell Good 24/7
Once all the ‘bathroom’ duties have been looked after, there are just a few more finishing touches that can be applied to keep you feeling confident all day. There’s no greater feeling than being known for your manly scent, and thanks to solid colognes, you can take this feeling with you on your travels. Solid colognes are one of the best things you can pack in order to smell good all day; thanks to their solid nature, you won’t have to worry about smelly liquids leaking, either. Just like your hair clay, you can slip your solid cologne into your bag last minute, so that it can be applied whenever you feel like having a spruce-up on the go.
If you’re a creature of habit and would prefer to take your aftershave with you, then you can either buy the smallest bottle on offer (ensuring that it’s under 100ml for planes) or pour some of your aftershaves into a travel-sized spray bottle. These bottles are extremely cheap to buy in bulk and can be used time and time again.
9. Stay Hydrated
It’s no secret that you need to keep yourself hydrated at all times and drink at least 2 liters of water a day. However, traveling can be overwhelming, and it’s not always easy to remember to do this! Escaping normal routine and traveling for long hours is pretty bad for the skin, so it’s important to stay hydrated in order to remain fresh and awake. If you’re planning to have some heavy nights on your travels, be sure to have plenty of water to help you recover the next day. Remember to give your body the detox it deserves and it’ll be sure to repay you by ensuring you continue to look well-groomed!
It’s also worth noting that coffee should be avoided at all costs while traveling unless you are extremely tired and need to stay awake. Coffee can have negative effects on the brain and leave you feeling worse than before – do you really want to spend your travels feeling anxious and uptight?
10. Sleep Well
Last, but by no means least, we’re going to talk about sleep. Late nights are bound to happen when traveling, but it’s still important to ensure that you’re getting as much sleep as possible in order to keep up your dashing appearance which you have worked so hard to achieve. Not only will you look scruffy on little sleep, but you’ll also be ruining a day worth of activities in a foreign country if you’re feeling low on energy.
Travelling can be exhausting at the best of times, so prepare yourself for this by sleeping properly whenever you get the chance. If you have a long-haul flight, then try to snooze instead of watching a film which can be viewed when you’re at home. Travelling usually gives you a chance to re-energize yourself, and if you come back with eye-bags bigger than your luggage, you’re going to feel very disappointed with yourself. Take things easy and don’t put your body clock out of whack; if you’re tired, then listen to the signs and act on it. You could buy all the grooming products in the world, but if you have no energy, it’ll show!
Business Or Leisure?
If you’re traveling for business, then these essential travel grooming tips will be sure to help you win your pitch. You will amaze your co-workers and clients with your ability to stay so well-groomed while traveling for long hours, and it won’t be a surprise if they ask you for some guidance! If you follow these tips, then you’ll be sure to make a lasting impression, as well as being the smartest, finest gentleman in the room. Team your well-kept appearance with a bespoke suit of your choice and your confidence will sky-rocket.
All of the tips mentioned in this guide are also perfect if you’re traveling for fun, either chasing the sun or cozying up somewhere cold. Your family and friends will be astonished by your efforts to scrub up, and you’ll look the sharpest in holiday photos for years to come! Whether you’re the youngest in the family or the ‘cool dad’, there’s no denying that passers-by will wish they were holidaying with you.
Enjoy Your Travels
The great thing about all of these grooming hacks is that they’re both affordable and made for traveling, so you immediately eliminate the stress of not having enough room for all your goods. In fact, it’ll be quite the opposite. Thanks to all of the above being available in travel-friendly sizes, you should have room in your luggage to take home some presents and trinkets that you found while traveling! Does it get any better than that?
Use this easy-to-follow guide on all of your travels from now on and watch as your confidence shines. You’ll never go a day feeling run-down or shabby again, nor will you ever want too! Ensure that you have up to an hour each day to keep on top of your grooming routine and lastly, don’t be lazy with it!