Packing for a trip doesn’t have to be complicated, especially when you have a list.
This applies to your wardrobe, your day-to-day necessities, and most importantly, your grooming needs. While it may be tempting to dump the contents of your bathroom cabinet into your dopp kit and call it a day, or worse, use soap as a one-stop grooming remedy for the duration of your trip, resist. To make things simple, we’ve come up with a travel-friendly packing list of all the grooming essentials a man needs when abroad to help you along.
In the interest of streamlining, we’ve kept the number of essentials to a handy five. Remember them by heart.
Our pick: BOSS Bottled Classic, S$128
Going abroad doesn’t mean you shirk the most important grooming habit there is: using a fragrance. You don’t want to have to pack multiple bottles to last you through the multitude of occasions you might encounter when overseas, so find a scent that is classic and versatile enough to take from the beach to the boardroom, and everywhere else in between.
We especially love the BOSS Bottled Classic, a timeless fragrance composed with lively, masculine notes of citrus, spice and a mix of aromatic woods.
Our pick: Laniege Homme Active Water Foam Cleanser, S$20
Travelling tends to put your complexion through some serious stress, so keep that in check by having a multi-functional face wash in tow. The Laniege Homme version is a tried and true favourite, given how it deep cleanses your pores while nourishing the skin via plant-based oils.
Our pick: Clinique for Men Maximum Hydrator, S$75
Unless you’re really into skincare, we expect you prefer a product that’s pretty much one-size-fits-all. Though everyone has their own holy grail, the rule of thumb is simple: if you get a product that is both a treatment and a moisturiser, you’re pretty set. We love the Clinique for Men Maximum Hydrator, an oil-free gel-cream that doubles as a hydrating treatment for parched skin — a common problem that occurs when travelling.
Our pick: Hanz de Fuko Claymation, S$33
Everyone’s hair is different, and with that comes styling products that are personal to you. If you haven’t found your favourite wax, pomade or gel just yet, then we have the thing for you: Hanz de Fuko’s Claymation, a hybrid clay and wax that’s malleable, easy to use, and keeps your hair in check throughout the day so you don’t have to sweat a bad ‘do when you’re out and about.
Our pick: Supergoop 100% Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30, S$49
Before you moan and groan about another skincare product, hear us out: suncare is essential, and when you’re pushing middle age, you’ll thank us for enforcing this. Used as the last step of your already lean skincare routine, sunscreen keeps those damaging rays at bay, and is especially important if you’re going to be spending a lot of time under the sun when you’re abroad. To make things easy for you, we recommend using a sunscreen mist, like this aerosol-free version from Supergoop. Easy to put on (spritz, and you’re done) and usable for both face and body, you have zero excuses not to pack it in your suitcase.