Tips for Wet Shaving While Traveling, Part 3: Strops, Mugs, and Razor Cases

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Welcome to Part 3 of Tips for Wet Shaving While Traveling! Today we will be looking at the best solutions for strops, mugs, and general toiletries when you’re on the go. Just because space is limited in your suitcase doesn’t mean you have to halt your grooming ritual. Get a fantastic shave away from home with the tips below.

Remember to check out Part 1: Razors and Blades, and Part 2: Brushes, Shave Soaps, and Aftershaves.

Strops

Traveling with a straight razor and want to bring along a strop? How you pack it will depend on its size. Long, hanging strops belong in your checked bag (lie them flat to prevent creasing).

Paddle strops are sturdier and smaller, so they can fit safely in your carry-on. We have used the Bison Paddle Strop Razor Case to great success. Measuring only 9 inches in length, this two-in-one strop and razor case maximizes space.

Mugs

No matter how well you pack a mug, there’s always the possibility that it’ll break during your travels. Plus, mugs are rather bulky to fit into your dopp kit. Instead, borrow a handy contraption from the camping world: a collapsible mug.

The Sea to Summit X-Mug Collapsible Mug is made of durable silicone and features an accordion design that folds flat for easy storage. Lather the same way you do with your regular mug, then let it float in a sink of hot water to keep the lather warm.

Razor cases and dopp kits

If you’re an infrequent traveler, you can get away with simply rolling your razor in a towel for storage. But if you’re always jetting from place to place for business trips, invest in a razor case that’ll keep your razor secure for the long haul. The RoyalShave Nappa Leather Safety Razor Case by Dovo holds your razor with an internal elastic band, and even includes a blade storage compartment.

Frequent travelers will also benefit from a dedicated travel case or dopp kit. Made of supple vegetable-tanned leather, the Muhle Small Handmade Leather Travel Bag features a rigid body for safe storage of all your toiletries. Plus, the leather will develop a unique patina over time, reflective of your life and travels. A dopp kit is another valid option – make sure to purchase one that can withstand sharp razor blades and possible spills, like the Piccadilly Gladstone Leather Washbag.

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The Grooming Artist News Roundup: January 2017

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2017 is officially upon us! If you’re just heading back into work today, here’s something that’ll make the transition a little easier: a little daydreaming in the form of a guide to relaxing destinations for your spring holiday. Because although the climate may say otherwise, spring is coming fast enough.

Something else that will help you start the year on a high note? A quick primer on how to stick to those resolutions you made two days ago. By breaking your goals into actionable items, you’ll be able to tackle them more easily.

This month’s news roundup also includes dopp kit product suggestions from Men’s Journal, and GQ’s picks for the most popular grooming products of 2016. We’re proud to carry a couple of products from GQ’s “best of” list, including Grant’s Golden Brand Medium Blend Pomade and Ernest Supplies Protective Matte Moisturizer.

Plus, get some fantastic winter skincare and fragrance tips from Kristina Tsiriotakis, senior manager of learning and organizational development at L’Occitane en Provence.

Here’s wishing you a fabulous New Year!

Make weekend trips and plane rides that much more enjoyable by packing your dopp kit with the right stuff. Here, 12 toiletry bag essentials. (Men’s Journal)

Winter skincare tips from Kristina Tsiriotakis of L’Occitane en Provence. (Huffington Post Canada)

A barber from Pontypool, UK could be crowned as the best wet shave artist in the UK when he competes in a competition in a couple of months. (South Wales Argus)

We’ve all made them. Here’s how to stick to your New Year’s resolutions. (MR PORTER)

It’s not too early to start planning your spring getaway at these incredibly relaxing destinations. (MR PORTER)

The most popular grooming products of 2016, according to GQ. (GQ)

Peppermint isn’t just for candy canes. We take you through the benefits of peppermint oil for your shave and for relaxation. (Grooming Artist)

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