Recently Tiffany The Razor Queen issued a challenge to shavers–what shaving gear would you take if your suitcase was full? Tiffany wasn’t clear on the circumstances of the trip so I’m going to fudge a little here and tell you what I would bring under a few different situations.
If the trip is only for a couple of days and I’m only taking carry on luggage and space is really at a premium I take King Of Shave’s Hyperglide razor. Unlike other cartridge razors with a small lube strip, the entire hyperglide cartridge face is covered with a water-activated lubricant. As long as I use a lot of water and my stubble isn’t more than a day or so old, shaving with this razor works just fine. There’s no pleasure in it though.
If it’s a longer trip I’ll go ahead and take a brush and cream, but for the razor I’ll use a Gillette Guard. The Guard is a single blade razor with a pivot. They’re made for the Indian market but some enterprising wet shaving vendors have imported them. West Coast Shaving has them in the US.
By the way, if I was traveling all the time, and if I my luggage was very limited–like an airline flight attendant–I’d get a Cormia razor. It’s incredibly small and takes commonly available Trac 2 blades. The only problem is you kind of have to relearn how to shave, using a pushing action instead of the common handle pulling action. I found it hard to switch between the two so I just settled on the Gillette Guard.
For a brush I use this Omega Syntex. This shaving brush uses inexpensive synthetic fibers. It doesn’t perform particularly well but it’s light, cheap, dries quickly, and gets the job done. When I pack it I store it in a prescription pill bottle that has a couple holes drilled in it for air circulation.
Now I’m finally at the good part, the shaving cream. And here’s where I deviate from my idea of going cheap, at least partly. I like to take some of my favorite, best-performing shaving cream, which in my case is William Neumann’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop. I love everything about this stuff–it smells great, it feels great, and it works great, even when used brushless. Unfortunately it comes in a big honkin’ pump bottle! So I put some in a little craft paint container. The Neumann’s cream is so concentrated that I can put about a week’s worth of shaves into the little paint cup. When I want to use it I scoop some out onto the brush with a little craft stick, or in a pinch even the little coffee stir stick you often find in hotel rooms.
Finally, for an aftershave I use Trumper’s skin food. Skin Food isn’t particularly cheap either, but it can do double duty as both a pre-shave and an aftershave.
That’s how I roll. What do you think of my travel choices? Leave a comment below!