Traveling can be stressful. Trying to pack your everyday items—like your safety razor for shaving—is just another thing to think about. Many shavers worry about TSA confiscating razors and creams. As a result, travelers still often leave their preferred products at home to avoid any issues.
After all, you can just purchase a disposable razor and a mini-shave shaving cream at a nearby convenience store once you reach your final destination, right?
Yes, but we all know that cheap, disposable razors don’t exactly produce a quality shave, nor are they truly “cheap.”
And if you are traveling for business, you can’t not shave…
So, what is a man to do?
Shaving while traveling shouldn’t be this difficult.
TSA Traveling Requirements
TSA clearly states that safety razors must be stored in checked luggage while disposable razors are allowed in carry-on bags for accessibility purposes. This is because it is easy to remove a razor blade from a safety razor, can cause harm.
Shaving creams are a similar story. TSA clearly indicates that shaving creams in carry-on bags should be no larger than 3.4 ounces. They should also be stored in a sealed, clear plastic bag. Larger aerosols and shaving creams should be packed in a checked bag.
So, yes, TSA policies appear to allow traveling with safety razors and larger cans of shaving cream. However, these should be packed in a checked bag—not a carry-on. So, traveling shavers should not chance packing the wrong items in carry-on bags.
What About Short Trips?
A short trip that requires only a carry-on bag could be problematic. The best workaround is to check your carry-on bag. Overhead compartments are misery, especially if you’re among the last to board.
Overhead compartments are typically packed tight. Your shaving tools could get damaged as fellow passengers jam their carry-on bags into the overhead compartments. The cargo bay for checked luggage is larger, so your shaving tools stand less chance of becoming damaged.
Most airlines don’t charge for the first checked bag. Take advantage of this policy for your cothing and shaving kit.
4 Tips for Easing the Traveling Shaver’s Burden
Unless it’s a day trip, it’s not always practical to travel without your shaving equipment. Every shaver should own a shaving kit. Shaving kits come with a small travel bag, which are perfect for storing razors, creams, brushes, and aftershaves.
Here are some tips to follow to make traveling with your shaving tools easier:
- Travel Products: There are some top razor brands that make great travel razors. Travel razors are designed to easily assemble and disassemble while also maintain the same quality shave. You can find travel razors in any department store or online.
- The Dopp Kit: A dopp kit is a fancy name for a travel shaving bag. Dopp kits are often designed with canvas and leather bag options, which are perfect for travel as they won’t tear as easily. Dopp kits are ideal for protecting your shaving tools and storing in checked luggage.
- Consider Aftershave: Some folks don’t like to pack aftershave for the risk of it becoming broken or damaged. If you are embarking on a longer trip, then consider finding a travel-size aftershave. If traveling for more than several days, find some space in your suitcase to pack your aftershave to keep facial skin healthy.
- Prepare a Travel Kit: Don’t just pack shaving instruments. Make space for items like q-tips, bandages, cold/stomach meds, toothbrush, and toothpaste. Your travel kit should always be ready; keep it separate from your regular toiletries, so you don’t forget something on the way out the door.
Shaving While Traveling Is Easier with a Travel Kit
Shaving and traveling don’t have to be difficult. And you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your shaving tools due to air travel. The key is knowing and understanding the rules and being prepared.
Create your travel shaving kit when time allows and store it somewhere safe. This way when you have to pack for your next trip, your shaving kit will already be prepared. Once less thing!