I travel a lot with my job, and am relatively new to wet shaving. Does anyone have any good tips for traveling with a wet shave set up (double edged or straight razor)? I'd love to know some of the things you've found to make travel with a wet shave system easier.
My current set up includes: Merkur HD DE razor, Merkur blades, Taylor of Old Bond Street Cream, Tweezerman badger brush, and a leather case for the DE.
If traveling with a straight razor, put it in a box of some sort. At the very least, a rubber band around it so it won't come open. Even with that, though, there is a possibility of a coin or something getting jammed against the blade, so a box is definitely better.
Dry out your brush as best you can on a towel when you're done with it before packing it away to travel. When you arrive at your destination, get it out shortly.
There are many travel DEs available that are very small and compact. I have two different ones that I use when I travel. I don't travel with my straight razors because that entails bringing a strop as well and then it starts getting cumbersome.
As for brushes, a great tip that I received a while back and have put into practice is to get a prescription bottle large enough to fit your brush. Drill some holes in the top for ventilation. Put your brush in that when you pack it. The bottle will keep the knot from becoming deformed.
Also, shave sticks (shaving soap in a stick format) can also be found. They can be easier to travel with than creams. Mama Bears shaving site has a great selection of shave sticks.
Great idea on the prescription bottle! I'd been using empty toilet paper rolls to keep my brush from getting squashed, but have to generally replace them every week. I've also not thought about shave sticks before. Do they produce as much lather as creams or other soaps?
Using a soap dish a shaving brush and safety razor can be packed together. Also there is a product called "Woody's Meat and Potato Bar. This soap works as a shampoo and body bar and very well as a shaving soap. The lather is very rich and results in a smooth shave. This reduces the items in your Dopp Kit and makes it through both Airport Security and the flight ( aerosols can de-stabilize ). It also is ideal for the gym or pool. A chunk of this soap can be placed in your shaving mug or travel tub, microwaved, and cooled to form fit. I really like this product and recommend it highly.
Art of Shaving makes a travel kit including TSB approved travel bag, shave oil, brush, and cream for $60. There's room for your razor too. I travel in my job as well and I bring travel sized shave oil, cream with me to save room in my dopp kit.
The art of shaving travel kit also includes their aftershave balm and it runs $50 not $60 as I has previously stated. You can get unscented, lavender (my choice), lemon or sandalwood. It's done by skin type so check that first.