When it comes to savvy adventuring, packing hacks are just the tip of the iceberg. This month’s “Away We Go” box was stacked with far-flung wisdom, not to mention a host of products to help you travel smarter. From multitasking tricks to exciting ingredients, here are 10 things we learned from this month’s samples.
When packing for a three-week road trip, the name of the game is simplicity. And while a bottle of cologne is an unneeded luxury, you don’t want to smell like a hobo either. Our solution? Find a compact necessity that also smells superb, like this pine-scented beard oil from Beardbrand.
There are numerous reasons to own a travel wallet: They’re easier to pack, harder to steal, and offer a chance to get funky with cut and color. But the most compelling motive is the realization that you never needed that bulk to begin with. This card carrier from J. Fold features four ultraslim slots—one for your license, and the rest for your three most important cards. Pick out your own fantastic four, and you’ll be amazed at how far you can get.
If you’re traveling light, the smallest amenities can make all difference, with bar soap being at the top of our list. This month’s lineup features a brand new bar from Proper, and its “French-milled” formula is what really caught our eye. The term denotes a thrice-repeated process that sends the soap through a set of steel rollers, producing a denser, smoother bar and a far superior lather. Long live the little things.
No-show socks have long been hailed as the savior of summer footwear, but most examples we’ve tried are impossible to keep in place. Enter Tommy John: the brand's Ultimate Liner Socks set the bar for the no-show, with a y-stitch heel and InvisiGrip lining that won’t bunch or slip under pressure.
A daily face wash is Grooming 101, but if you’re scrubbing your beard with the same standard cleanser, your scruff is missing out. Billy Jealousy Beard Wash packs a host of familiar ingredients (like soothing aloe, or hydrating green tea extract) into a specialized formula that’s crafted just for your beard. It’s an easy—and energizing— way to punch up your morning regimen.
If you’re trekking through a desert, or a wind-battered mountain range, it’s safe to assume that your face will take a beating. And while a heavyweight moisturizer certainly helps, it’s also important to step up your scrub. This month’s Facial Scrub from Baxter of California brings the thunder with fine-ground walnut shell—it shouldn’t be used more than once or twice a week, but the results will truly astound.
Of all the items you stuff in your suitcase, none will impact your travels as much as your choice of underwear. From Paris to Pretoria, any trip abroad involves an abundance of walking, and your briefs are the only barrier between daylong comfort and a chaff-filled nightmare. For a streamlined staple that won’t bunch or constrict, we turn to Bread & Boxers.
Unsurprisingly, we have Mr. Natty to thank for this one. The hirsute rogue’s latest launch is a bona fide all-over wax, which can simultaneously serve as a moisturizer, body lotion, aftershave, and hair styler. Since most hotel bathrooms come equipped with soap and shampoo, this multitasking wonder can serve as a one-stop dopp.
The concept of hand-washing clothes may seem like ancient history, but when you’re traveling light and fast, a fresh set of duds is a luxury worth pursuing. The Laundress’ Wash and Stain Bar offers a portable, powerful solution, letting you spruce up your clothes—and address stubborn stains—without sacrificing space or weight.
Yes, you read that correctly. If water and suds are well out of reach (a common adventuring quandary), your hair can find salvation in the most unlikely of places—an everyday styling agent. TowelDry’s new Clay Styler uses a specialized formula to suck up oil and grime, so it doubles as a portable dry shampoo. Add a pliable hold, and a shine-free finish, and you’ve got yourself a styler that can really go the distance.
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