So, I'm packing my kit for a long-awaited vacation/family reunion at the beach. In the interest of packing "lite," I stow away my most pared-down equipment stash--Vision in leather travel pouch, SR101 brush in pill tube as travel case, Nancy Boy travel shave cream, sample of T&H ultimate comfort AS balm, small atomizer of Thayers witch hazel, T&H limes cologne 10ml sample. All in all, a decent, if not spectacular collection--but seriously lacking in variety.
Just before I pull the family truckster out of the driveway with 2 boys and lovely wife aboard, I see the mailman drop a small box in the mailbox. I waffle for a moment on whether to retrieve the mail or get on the road, then decide to get the mail. I'm sorting the junk from the mail as I return to the house. . .
"when what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature box full of shave cream samples--oh dear!"
Yes, the box of samples from my friend Kyle had arrived at the most opportune time possible, and in the perfect form factor--a small box, immaculately packed, and jammed with not 1, not 2, but 6 assorted samples of luxurious shave creams--T&H limes, Taylors rose and avocado, and several more that I'd been itching to try.
Needless to say, my vacation kit instantly went from spartan to sybarritic. My first shave was with the Taylors avocado, and it was just as good as all of the reviews I'd been salivating over--excellent as advertised.
And a fun side note: I introduced my oldest nephew to wet shaving! He's a sophomore in HS and a great kid. He's been using an electric and was going to use a Fusion for hist first "real shave" while at our family reunion. I cringed at the thought and offered to let him try his first shave with my Vision, Taylors avocado, my SR101 and a nice after shave. Needless to say, he had a great experience and wants to know more. I promised to bring him a starter kit as a present when i visit next week--here's what I'm thinking (its all in my current backup stock):
razor--Gillette Fat Boy adjustable with a pack of Merkur blades
brush--Omega boar brush
cream & after shave--Chas. Tyrwhitt Lemon & Cedar
I think it will represent a decided improvement on his current "kit"--a Fusion and a can of Edge--yikes.
This leads me to my question: What would your ideal travel kit consist of?
The guidelines: the kit must include the following items--
1. a razor
2. a brush
3. shave cream or soap
4. after shave
Feel free to include a cologne or other items, too.
Looking forward to seeing what you all suggest as the perfect travel kit!