If your idea of packing a Dopp kit involves throwing a disposable razor in a Ziploc bag, then it’s probably time to hit the reset button. You don’t have to be a grooming mastermind to upgrade your essentials. With a few simple finds, you’ll be on your way to impressing clients next time you’re on the road—and maybe even your mom when you travel home for the holidays.

Ready to take your travel game to the next level? Here are our picks for what you’ll need to make it happen.

The Dopp Kit
Ernest Alexander Holden Charcoal Dopp Kit
You can’t pack a Dopp kit if you don’t own one or have no idea what it is. For the record, it’s a small bag used to store toiletries and other grooming products. Ernest Alexander’s waxed canvas (read: water resistant) Holden style is so good-looking, you won’t be embarrassed to leave it on the bathroom counter.

Gillette Fusion ProGlide Styler Power Razor

It doesn’t matter if you have a mustache, some upper lip peach fuzz or no facial hair at all—this razor has you covered. The 3-in-1 miracle device lets you shave, sculpt and trim with unparalleled ease.

Beard Oil
Beard Buddy Oil

“Save your beard from being weird” is the mantra behind this Los Angeles-made brand. A few drops go a long way in giving whatever fashionable facial hair you have a nice healthy-looking sheen.

Face Wash
Cetaphil Facial Cleanser (4 oz)

If you’re old enough to drive, then you shouldn’t be using soap to wash your face. Not sure which cleanser to buy? Cetaphil is your solution. It’s inexpensive, has no scent and won’t dry out your skin—which explains why it’s been a drugstore classic all these years.

Face Moisturizer
Every Man Jack Face Lotion

To prevent premature aging, you need to protect your skin—and Every Man Jack’s face lotion is one of the more reliable moisturizers out there. Besides being made from natural ingredients, it is fragrance-free, non-greasy and has SPF 15 to protect from sun damage.

All-in-one Kit
Malin+Goetz Essential Travel Kit

This is the perfect solution for any guy who wants to overhaul his Dopp kit in one quick swoop. The essential travel kit from Malin+Goetz contains six one-ounce samples of the brand’s much-loved grooming products. Designed to adhere to carry-on bag specifications, the set includes shampoo and conditioner, body and face moisturizer, face wash and body wash.


Author: Michael Bordieri