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Learning the ins-and-outs of travel can be tough, especially if you don’t travel often. I’m constantly on the go for work, so I feel as though I have picked up my fair share of tips and tricks. To break it down more specifically, I’ve learned the dos and don’ts for travel grooming and thought I would share a few with you.

Gillette Fusion Pro Glide Razor

Have a Travel Razor

I’ve had to settle with an inferior shave product too many times to count. This usually leads to nicks and razor burn. The alternative is to spend money on an overpriced razor equivalent, if not identical to the one you left at home.

The simple solution is to have a razor for your travels that stays in your toiletry bag so you never forget it. This will make both your face and your wallet happy now that you won’t be wasting money on cheap razors you picked up last minute at the corner store. It also helps if you have extra razor cartridges in case your blade gets dull.

I recommend the Ultimate Plan from Gillette Shave Club, based on their Fusion ProGlide razor, which costs just $58 for the full year (less than $5/month) – so you’re never caught without a fresh blade. I’ve used Gillette to shave my head for years now, and can tell you other shave clubs’ razors just won’t cut it.

Dopp Kit

Get a Nice Dopp Kit

There’s a few reasons I would recommend not throwing all of your toiletry and grooming products into a random pocket in your bag. For one, you risk the chance of damaging your blades on your razor as they get bumped around, or worse, your shaving cream bottle breaks and sprays everywhere.

Commonly referred to as a Dopp Kit, these bags are made to hold all of your toiletry items when you’re away from home. I like ones with a firm interior shell, so if your bag gets tossed everything inside stays protected. There’s nothing worse than having a broken bottle of cologne because the airline decided to play football with your bag.

TSA Approved Bottles

Flying with Liquids? You Need Some Bottles!

I’m not a fan of checking bags when I’m flying, and I’m sure you aren’t either. A common thing you will hear people complain about when traveling, especially if they don’t do it very often, is the restriction on liquids with carry-on luggage. The TSA restricts your liquids to 3.4oz per bottle, making it almost impossible for any of your grooming liquids to be TSA approved right off the shelf.

You can find TSA approved bottles that are 3.4oz or less sold online or in most stores. These are perfect for your shampoo, body wash, shaving cream, and any other grooming products you may want to bring along with you. Don’t let TSA’s 3.4oz restriction stop you from bringing along your favorite grooming products.

Overpacking Your Bag

Over Packing

The majority of things you pack will most likely go unused. There have been plenty of times that I ended up using less than half of what I brought with me. This is especially true when it comes to clothes, but can also relate to grooming products as well.

Your best bet is to stick with the absolute essentials: razor, shave cream, after shave, etc. These would be the items that you use weekly, or perhaps even daily. This may seem like common sense to most, but as I mentioned before a lot of people don’t travel often, so they feel as though they need to bring everything but the kitchen sink.

These are just some of my tips for travel grooming dos and don’ts. If you have any to share, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below, or by tweeting them at @JoesDaily and @Gillette on Twitter.