I make lather on my face, so not having a bowl isn't a problem. I find this the best and fastest way to get good hot lather on my skin, and if you haven't done this yet, give it a try, the exfoliation is good, plus your face stays wet while making the lather = longer prep = an easier shave.
Here's my travel kit:
1. Merkur silvertip nickel travel brush. This is a gorgeous object that has to be seen/felt/hefted to be believed. I bought this after carrying a full sized brush in a toilet paper tube on my last trip, and I can't wait to go away again!
2. Travel-sized tub of Art of Shaving Lavender cream. Future trips will either include a sealable soap case, a tube of Trumper's, or a tube of Proraso. I like tubs, but since I no longer dip the brush in the tub (opting instead to use myk finger), I may as well be using a tube.
3. For my razors, I broke down and bought black or brown leather Merkur/Dovo cases for ALL 7 of my straight razors and BOTH of my DEs. So no matter what razor I bring with me, it will be tidy, safe, and dry. I store them in the cases at home, and having all matching cases really makes me happy, for some reason. I'll take a pic if of my "razor box" if you're interested.
4. Pinaud nick stop / Col. Conk Styptic Pencil / Art of Shaving Alum Block. I don't much get nicks anymore, but you never know, so I always bring one of these.
5. Cetaphil in a travel bottle (I decanted this myself into an empty Art of Shaving pre-shave oil bottle, it's beautiful and a perfect size) as combo facial cleanser and pre-shave. I can't recommend Cetaphil as a pre-shave highly enough.
6. Travel bottle with aftershave of choice. Either buy a travel size, or decant yourself. As above, I found that my AoS pre-shave oil bottle works great and looks great (nearly opaque dark green glass, label easily removed), especially now that I no longer use pre-shave oil.
7. Small travel-sized paddle strop for straight razors (if I take one). I do not have a case for this, so I have a little trouble packing it. I have a hanging travel strop that's nicked to death, if I can manage to smooth it out, I can start taking that instead.
8. Case of Merkur platinum blades
[SIZE="2"][COLOR="Navy"][SIZE="1"]If you teach a poor young man to shave himself, and keep his razor in order, you may contribute more to the happiness of his life than in giving him a thousand guineas. This sum may be soon spent, the regret only remaining of having foolishly consumed it; but in the other case, he escapes the frequent vexation of waiting for barbers, and of their sometimes dirty fingers, offensive breaths, and dull razors.
[B] - Benjamin Franklin, 1706 - 1790[/SIZE][/COLOR][/B][/SIZE]