We all travel through the year for business and / or pleasure. Whether you go away for a weekend, week, or a month, you need to know the basics of what to bring when it comes to your grooming needs. As the author of "Grooming Secrets For Men" I know that men want to know the best way to be prepared for a trip, so that when they get to their destination they'll be ready to look their best at all times!
First of all there are a few things to consider. If you are already using skin care products you have to decide if you're going to bring the whole jar / tube or just a portion of it. If you're going away just for a few days, or even a week, you should get yourself small plastic travel bottles / tubes. You can usually find a kit that contains several different sizes at your local pharmacy. Sometimes the kit even comes with labels so you can write what the product is and stick it on the appropriate bottle.
Once you have your travel size bottles, simply take your cleanser for example and pour just the amount you'll think you'll need into the travel size bottle. Do this for your other skin care products as well. This way you do not have to pack the large bottles or tubes, just the small travel size, which leaves more room in your suitcase for your clothes! Some skin care lines sell travel size kits. These are great for short trips. Just make sure to get the kit that is for your particular skin type.
When it comes to what to pack for your shaving routine, that all depends on what products you use. If you use a shaving cream that comes in a can, you can try to find a travel size can. Chances are you will not find a travel size can, and you'll have to bring the full size with you. However, if you use a shaving gel, you can for sure squeeze out some gel into a travel size tube and just bring that with you. If you're someone who uses a shaving brush, with a shaving soap, simply pack the shaving soap with the brush in a zip-lock bag and you're all set. When it comes to bringing your aftershave along, if it's in a large jar / tube, again, put some in a travel size container to save space in your suitcase.
Shower gels, shampoos and conditioners that come in large bottles have no place in your suitcase. Even if you have to buy more travel size tubes, transfer your shower gel, shampoo and conditioner each into their own bottle. You do not want to get to your location and have a counter full of full size products when you're only going to be there a short time. When all your travel size bottles and / or jars are filled and securely closed, simply put them all in a large zip-lock bag. If you have a small travel bag for such items that fits inside your suitcase, put them in there.
Just make sure that it is lined in plastic so that if something spills out it will not leak into your suitcase. I can not stress enough to make sure NOT to just throw all your travel sized bottles or jars into your main suitcase. The last thing you want is to come somewhere with stains all over your clothes from something that leaked out of a bottle or tube. For those of you who wear cologne, make sure to put your cologne bottle into a small zip-lock bag as well in case of a spill.
If you're not sure how much of a particular product you will need, to play it safe, simply fill the entire travel size bottle with whatever it is you'll need. It's better to have some left over than to run out of something far from home.
Whatever grooming products you use, keep them all together when you get to your destination. That way, you do not have to waste time looking for a particular product. I like to have all my travel size bottles in a small travel tote so that I always know where the products are.
If you're going to a destination that has a different climate than where you're coming from, make sure to have the appropriate skin care products with you. For example, if you're going from a cold climate to a very hot climate, you do not need the same heavy moisturizer you would use in a cold climate. All you would need is a very light moisturizer that is suitable for a warmer climate. Make sure to keep that in mind when packing. If you're going to a climate that is very tropical where there are a lot of bugs, make sure that whatever moisturizer you are using has no fragrance that will attract bugs.
The whole idea of being prepared when you travel is to make the trip as enjoyable and easy as possible. Keep all the above ideas in mind and have a great time!