You may have moved out when you were 18, or you could be planning to leave your parents’ place at 28. The stereotype that every adult male living at home is unemployed and unmotivated is dying, especially as more even willingly return home to stay with their families and avoid the exorbitant cost of living most can’t afford on an entry-level salary. Whether you’re still in the planning stage of moving out or just signed the lease to your own place, there are many things a man needs to know about living on his own that he’s never taught. You could figure it out for yourself, or you could read this article and get a head start with five must-know tips.
Skincare Products and Shaving Tools
No more disposable razors for you. Invest in a good grooming kit and shaving set complete with a straight-edge razor, shaving brush and high-quality cream. If you have facial hair, then start thinking about your skincare routine. Do you have a quality face wash and moisturizer? Are you using a beard wash, oil and/or balm? Haircare is just as important for men as women, and you can build confidence and improve your appearance by investing a little more in your styling products. The proper tools and products will also help you avoid common shaving mistakes that can irritate your skin.
When it comes to shampoo, identify your hair type, and choose a brand that is appropriate for your texture. And don’t forget the conditioner. Shampoos with essential oils are great because they naturally strengthen your hair and give it a good sheen without leaving it oily or dried out. Just make sure you ditch the all-in-one scrub or $1 soap bar.
You do not need to pour hundreds of dollars into your luggage, but you should look around and invest in one decent set that has at least four different sized bags. A matching luggage set is something you will carry for years on end, and it can take you anywhere from a weekend getaway with the person you are seeing to that European tour you have always wanted to go on.
Sometimes, just buying good luggage gets you excited to start travelling. Keep in mind that there are two primary types of luggage, and each one has its place when you’re on the go. Hard luggage is ideal for long hauls because they are not easy to break or force open. Soft luggage, like leather and canvas, are better for carry-ons, road trips and train rides because they expand to accommodate your belongings but are still malleable enough to fit in small spaces.
There are only so many ways you can re-wear the same three shirts and blazer. Get yourself two nice suits and at least three pairs of shoes. This will give you plenty to wear not only at the office but on dates, out to dinner and other events as well. You will not regret spending the money on pieces that you have tailored to flatter your physique and genuinely make you feel confident. You can apply for a credit card and use cashback rewards to pay down your student loan balance. This allows you to get the most professional attire without going further into debt. In the process, you even build credit and can use your paycheck to make monthly payments that raise your score.
What is your scent? It may be hard to say, but have fun experimenting and deciding on a fragrance that feels truly you. Cologne can tie your entire look together and instantly make you seem more put-together and sophisticated. A gentleman should always have his own cologne, and you will find that you too feel more refined when you spritz some on before leaving the house. Spray lightly on your pulse points, namely the wrists and neck, but avoid dousing yourself. Subtlety is key, especially with strong fragrances. You want people who are close enough to notice your cologne, not immediately look up and try to identify what that smell is whenever you want into a room.
Just like you need a decent pair of leather dress shoes, you also need something comfortable to wear during your downtime. High-quality sneakers last longer, look better and can take your casual wear to another level. Even when you’re wearing nothing but a t-shirt and baseball shorts, the right pair of sneakers can help you project an effortlessly cool look. Depending on your activity level and hobbies, the right pair of sneakers could also play a major role in your fitness. If you’re a runner or athlete, keep this in mind as you explore your options. While personal style is important, aim for comfort, fit and support first. These are most important, especially when you’re making an investment of $100 or more.