Shaving Space!


Not the most interesting of subjects, but an important one for the world traveller. What to take in terms of shaving kit and a wash bag. My home stuff generally comprises of a can of ‘Smelly’underarm stuff, a packet of disposable razors and a can of shaving cream. These tend to last a month or so and are quite bulky, but that’s no problem when the shops are at the end of the road and the bathroom cupboard has plenty of space. What I need for travel though is something a lot smaller that lasts a lot longer, which is more of a challenge.

Of course, being a biker and not likely to bump into anyone I know means I can stand the odd day minging like a stinker, or even grow a beard. The reality however is that I don’t suit a beard, and for my own sense of wellbeing I like to be semi-fresh at least. I looked at lots of ‘travel’ soaps etc., but these are basically a smaller can of the bulky stuff with less in for more money. Ok for a weekend in Paris and travel by fast jet, but not suitable for my purposes. I did some research and have come down on the following.

Roll on deoderant lasts a hell of a lot longer than the spray on stuff. I’m starting a new, er, tube? Pack? Thing? tomorrow and I’ll see how long it lasts. It’s certainly a lot smaller than a can of spray. The other item is a genuine straight razor, AKA the “cut throat” razor. I haven’t used one before, but if I can get used to it I’ll never need to buy another razor again. I like the eco-friendly idea of that, plus the convenience of never running our of razors combined with the lack of hassle with finding replacements. A small tube or razor oil is good for 100 shaves, or 6 months in my case!

Shaving in the bike mirrors with a cut-throat would also look uber-cool, but it’s got nothing to do with that. Oh no, of course not!

About Sophie Whiptank - aka Bart

I'm just a bloke doing some stuff, the more interesting bits I post on my blog. Scroll down far enough and you'll see me riding from Melbourne Australia to Birmingham, England in 2014. But now I'm working on another project, a single cylinder motorbike engine at 2750cc!

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