Men are realizing the need to take care of the bodies, and that includes good grooming. Manscaping has become a popular term, and it refers to body shaving, particularly the pubic area. Shaving the groin region may not be a favorite part of your weekly body care activities, but it needs to be done. Keeping it clean “down there” is not just healthy; it complements your personality during intimacy. The general cosmetic appearance of the private region matters to a lot of women, and a clean-shaven body highlights your best features. Traveling is one activity that can derail your grooming efforts, but only if you let it.
A little stubble occasionally may not be a problem, but when you are meeting new people, especially from another region, you want to leave an impression. Good grooming on your travels also ensures you stay fresh. Manscaping while on the road may not be very easy, particularly when you don’t have the right tools with you. For a man who travels constantly, knowing a few tricks can help with your personal cleanup routine.
Always Pack your Tools
The devices you use for shaving will influence the results you get. Invest in a superior quality kit to avoid burns and rashes. Know your type of hair and the kind of scissors and razor it needs. If your budget allows it, you can buy a separate travel kit, so there is always one for the road. Otherwise, ensure that the shaving kit is the first in your suitcase. Never make the mistake of improvising.
For one, the razors and clippers you use to clean up the groin should never touch any other part of your body, as Men’s Health Magazine advises. The bacteria in your pubic region are different from any other of the body, and you want to avoid transferring them. So, while on your business trip, don’t think that you can get away with using the scissors for your head on the groin area. You may end up with irritation, burns, and rashes. Given the strict airline regulations on what you can carry, check first which tools will make it past security, such as electric and disposable razors.
Remember the Products
The lotions, aftershave, and creams you use when shaving matter a great deal. Again, airline restrictions make it difficult to carry your preferred grooming products. However, small containers can make it through baggage check but consult the airline you are using first. You can transfer a little bit of everything you need into small containers to suit the regulations. If you have been manscaping for a long time, then you already have specific products as part of your grooming essentials. Make sure these come along.
Don’t risk switching products while traveling, especially for someone with sensitive skin. Even though your trip may force some compromises, don’t let your skin suffer because of it. For this reason, find more than one brand that works for your body; if possible, an international one. The point is to have a backup product you can turn to in a foreign country if the main/usual one is unavailable. Shaving products will be part of your manscaping for a long while, probably your whole life, so choose wisely. Read reviews before deciding on the right shaving kit.
Stick to the Process
When staying at a hotel or guesthouse, you may not feel comfortable shaving, or your back-to-back meetings may not spare enough time to do it correctly. Your shower time is a good opportunity to shave without skipping part of the process. The prep work is just as vital as when shaving your face. Start by warming your body in the shower and cleaning up thoroughly down there. If you are a hairy type, use shampoo.
A warm skin minimizes shaving incidents because it provides a closer shave. If you begin the shave without taming the mane, you will expose yourself to irritation and razor burns. Trying to work your razor among long hair can cause nasty cuts. Don’t forget to do a pre-shave for every part of the body that will face the blade later. You can trim them using a clipper after warming up then proceed with the razor. Regardless of your accommodations while traveling, you can make the most of the circumstances and ensure your grooming doesn’t suffer.
Adapt to the Environment
Hydration is a huge part of a great shave. Dry skin is likely to cause burns when it comes into contact with a sharp razor. When traveling, you may not have the luxury to moisturize your body properly to prepare it for manscaping. Increase your water intake to compensate. Depending on your type of trip, your days may be filled with all sorts of activities. All that sweating will deplete your body fluids faster than you can replace them.
Of course, the climate present will matter also. Gauge the environment you will interact with in advance. Will your face be exposed to a lot of germs? In some instances, a simple wash with soap may be sufficient, but in others, you may have to use antiseptic to scrub off the dirt. Say, for instance, you are traveling to supervise a construction site. When shaving, you will need a thorough wash.
Good grooming is for more than just your appearance; it is for your health. A shave rids the body of bacteria and other germs that may be hiding in all that hair. Shaving for most men is a ritual- you have to use the right products, techniques, and preparations. When traveling, though it may be necessary to compromise on some of these norms. However, never forget to carry the appropriate products and tools on your travel; they make all the difference.
Kathy Somerset is a product designer with a keen eye for details. Besides her day time job, she developed a passion for writing and she is now a contributing editor to BestShavingSolution.com where she spread her insights.