On a good day, your current grooming routine probably goes something like this: shower, put on deodorant, shave or make sure your beard is in check, throw some product in your hair (like a matte pomade), and walk out the door. For an everyday routine for the everyday man, this is a decent start.
But add travel into the mix, and for most guys, good grooming practices are left at the airport curb. Bad move. With added stress, less sleep, jet lag and dry airplane cabins, you should actually take your grooming routine more seriously when you travel. Luckily, doing so really isn’t that hard.
So to help you arrive in any destination looking and feeling like a travel pro, here are five of the most important grooming tips to follow the next time you’ve got a ticket on a long haul flight.
Tip 1: Face Moisturizer Is Your Friend
Plane cabins are notorious for their dry, recycled air that doesn’t do any favors for your skin — so the longer the flight, the more important a good skin moisturizer becomes. Especially on long international flights that involve an overnight, go to the lavatory and put on face moisturizer before going to sleep. Not only is doing so relaxing, it’ll also help you look and feel refreshed when you wake up.
Try This: Recipe For Men Facial Moisturizer ($39)
Tip 2: Refresh With Face Wipes
Sleeping on a plane is never perfect — especially if you’re in coach. But no matter where you’re sitting and sleeping on a plane, chances are you’ll wake up a little groggy. That’s why after about five hours of sleep (at which point you’ll usually be nearing your destination or have a few more hours of flight time to go), you should head for the lavatory and use a cleansing face wipe to help you wake up and feel fresh and clean. Doing so will change how you feel about long haul flights.
Try This: Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes ($24)
Tip 3: De-Zombie With Eye Cream
Watch people get off an all-nighter or any long international flight and the first thing that gives away the wear and tear travel has taken on their bodies is their eyes. To avoid looking like a zombie when you land, just dab on some under-eye cream about an hour before you land to help combat puffiness and dark circles. Remember, looking awake will help you feel awake.
Try This: Evolution Man Revitalize Eye Gel ($30)
Tip 4: Smell Like A Travel Pro With Solid Cologne
To smell like a pro traveler who’s ready to hit the ground running (instead of a smelly mess who’s ready for nothing but a shower), you need a travel-friendly solid cologne. Try Fulton & Roark’s solid, wax-based colognes which don’t smell like your typical “I’M WEARING COLOGNE” colognes. Their scents are subtle and unique, and their super-compact metal cases makes them easy to travel with and apply.
Try This: Fulton & Roark’s Shackleford scent ($42)
STEP 5: Drink Water
While not a grooming product, water should be the most important item in your travel grooming arsenal. Drinking enough water is something you should be conscious of starting the morning of your flight and continuing throughout your trip. For long flights, make sure to buy the biggest bottle you can find (or fill up your own water bottle at a water fountain) before boarding and chug throughout your journey. Water will not only keep you and your skin hydrated, it’ll also help you feel more awake and combat jet lag when you land.
Try This: 8 Awesome Water Bottles For Traveling