I'll have to get back to you in a month or so, after I've tried out more traveling with a DE. Last time I went abroad with a DE, I brought just the razor, some blades, and my usual cream. As Chris observes, good cream can be face-lathered brushless, although it's not quite as light and fluffy that way. Last time I traveled on a plane, though, I made a lot of sacrifices for convenience's sake, and I didn't like it much at all. I brought with me a Sensor Excel 3-blade that I found in a drug store, and, for lack of planning and distaste for canned goo, no cream at all. I know for a fact that I can shave myself with a cartridge without any lubricant besides water, but the last time I tried that had been before I switched to DEs. I was pretty unhappy with the quality of my shaves, although there were no wounds to speak of.
Originally Posted by OMyMyOHellYes
My current plans are to bring along a cheap (Lord brand) DE, some blades that I'll stash in my checked bag, my Omega travel boar, and a stick of Palmolive. I prefer to face lather under any circumstances, so shave sticks suit me, and they're pretty much ideal for travel purposes. I haven't decided yet what to do about aftershave, since I prefer to splash on some witch hazel. Might pick up some Thayer's witch hazel pads, but other than that, it won't be much different from my home set-up.
Short answers: no, in my experience, my hugely altered travel kit last time was in no way comparable to my home kit. Yes, I accept in theory a slightly compromised shave, as a matter of practicality. I don't really care about BBS, but I certainly am grumpy when I've had a lousy shave that leaves my face feeling like my last shave was half a day ago.
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