The TripOn Friday I returned from a five-day whirl-wind tour of colleges on the northeast coast (of the United States) with and for the youngest child in our family. It was a rather last-minute trip, having only about a week of planning. Because last-minute air fares are rather expensive, we chose to one-way rent a car, drive from the metro-Detroit area to the various colleges, and then fly home from Boston.
Because I am a one-bag carry-on-luggage-only passenger, I had to pack not only light but also with air-travel regulations in mind -- meaning no double-edge razor blades. Also, light packing tends to encourage light-weight packing, meaning bringing a disposable plastic razor rather than anything made of metal.
- One Gillette twin-bladed, pivoting-head disposable cartridge razor
- A small stick of my home-made shave soap in a plastic pill bottle from the pharmacy
Things I Left Behind
- Shaving brush
- Other pre-shave products
- After-shave balms or lotions
- Styptic pencil
- Alum block
My Travel Shaving Routine
- Splash cool water onto beard and rub. Repeat two more times.
- Rub shave-soap stick on wet beard.
- With wet hands, rub beard to make a thin, creamy lather on beard.
- Use a regional and anti-raking shave pattern to shave close, adding water as necessary to the existing lather.
- Add more water as necessary and do final touch ups after my entire face was shaved.
- Rinse with cool water.
- Dry with towel.
- To freshly-shaved face, apply some hand lotion provided by the hotel.