Say goodbye to your out-dated grooming routine.
For a lot of men, venturing into the expansive beauty and grooming arenas can be overwhelming. To help get novices started, we’ve rounded up the most effective and essential products on the market. And while the creams, colognes, and even razors on this list are all TSA-approved (a major plus for frequent travelers) you can also consider the carry-on-sized goods a great way to try new products and discover what you like before committing to that big, six-ounce purchase.
We’ve highlighted 25 of our favorite men's products, all of which promise to keep your skin, body, and hair looking (and feeling) fresh—wherever in the world you may be.
L.L. Bean Personal Organizer Toiletry Bag, Medium
There’s a reason why this toiletry pack became an instant classic: its hinged design and built-in hook makes it easy to hang anywhere, and its compartments lets you store products of all shapes and sizes. It also comes with a removable mirror and shower caddy, and is water resistant.
$29.95; buy it here
LAB Series Multi-Action Face Wash
Coming in right at a TSA-approved 3.4 ounces, this multitasking, foaming cream wash does it all. With only one product, you can cleanse, exfoliate, and condition your skin.
$24; buy it here
The Art of Shaving Power Brush
The Art of Shaving’s newly launched Power Brush—which, when paired with the face wash of your choice, provides a deep cleansing experience—is battery operated, water resistant, and compact. Best of all, it can reduce razor bumps and ingrown hairs (though the exfoliating massage is definitely a perk).
$40; buy it here
Dr. Carver’s Prep Scrub
If packing a battery-operated cleansing brush sounds a little too high maintenance, opt for Dr. Carver’s new Prep Scrub, which exfoliates skin and frees ingrown hairs to provide a smoother, cleaner shave.
$9; buy it here
Gillette MACH3 Sensitive Men's Disposable Razor 3-pack
This classic three-blade razor has top ratings due to its moisture-infused Lubastrip, which provides a gentle (but super-close) shave. It's great for people with sensitive skin.
$7.99; buy it here
Tom Ford Shave Oil
Give your grooming routine an upgrade with Tom Ford’s new, lightweight shave oil, which moisturizes, conditions, and calms skin to provide a close and soothing shave.
$60; buy it here
Baxter of California Aluminum Travel Shave Brush
If a shave brush seems unnecessary, you may want to reconsider: shave brushes provide a better lather than your hands alone (a good lather should feel creamy, not foamy), which ultimately helps reduce razor bumps and burning.
$55; buy it here
Jack Black Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather
You can’t go wrong with this classic shave cream, which has an ultra-moisturizing formula that promises to cut down on razor burn, nicks, and other irritations. It’s also free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
$13; buy it here
Schulz & Malley After Shave Balm
Travel back in time with this old-school aftershave. It's non-greasy yet moisturizing, and it has a refreshing menthol scent.
$22; buy it here
Malin + Goetz Replenishing Face Serum
We love this gentle, carry-on-friendly serum from Malin + Goetz, which can be substituted as a moisturizer for extra-oily skin due to its lightweight, non-clogging formula.
$70; buy it here
Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Moisturizer SPF 15
Clinique For Men Anti-Age Eye Cream
Whatever your skin type, Clinique’s classic men’s eye cream remains a best seller simply because of how well it performs. Lines and dark circles are said to diminish after only a few days of use, but our favorite way to use it is as an eye mask—just apply an ample amount before take-off, and let it sink in.
$30; buy it here
Brant Brothers for MAC Brow Set
Applying a clear gel on unruly brows is a discreet way to look more polished and alert. Slip this super small tube right into your pocket or carry-on kit. It also tames lashes, sideburns, and facial hair.
$17; buy it here
The Body Shop for Men Maca Root Deodorant
This vegan deodorant is formulated with a variety of natural oils, meaning it glides on smoothly and leaves skin feeling fresh.
$6; buy it here
Cricket Micro Hair Trimmer
Trim unwanted and unruly hairs with this easy-to-pack, battery operated trimmer.
$14.99; buy it here
Anthony No Sweat Body Defense
This unique cream formula turns to powder upon application to the skin. Weighing in at only three ounces, it’s super travel-friendly, and helps prevent chafing and other skin irritations caused by running and sweating (whether you're on an adventurous trek or just trying to catch your flight).
$20; buy it here
Conair Travel Smart Cordless Travel Trimmer
This battery-operated facial hair trimmer (it works on sideburns and necks, too) comes with an adjustable three-position comb attachment, cleaning brush, and lubricating oil. Because it's so compact, it can be kept in your carry-on (or briefcase) at all times.
$17; buy it here
v76 by Vaughn Lip Balm 76
Lip balm is essential in pretty much every climate—and especially on planes. You can’t go wrong with this pocket-sized tube from v76 by Vaughn, which is rich in moisturizing ingredients like shea, jojoba, and coconut oil.
$9; buy it here
Rohto Ice Multi Symptom Relief Eye Drops
Every seasoned traveler knows eye drops are a must-pack; in our opinion, Rohto makes the best on the market, thanks to an intense cooling and brightening effect.
$4.99; buy it here
GLO™ One–Night Stand Travel Smile Kit in Citrus Mint
Keep this bad boy in your weekend bag and you’ll never have to worry about forgetting your dental essentials again. This kit includes a travel-sized toothbrush, whitening toothpaste, and floss, all which come in a refreshing citrus scent.
$14; buy it here
Tangle Teezer Men's Compact Groomer
This compact brush, which is suited for combing, styling, and (of course) de-snarling all hair types, was designed with the traveling man in mind: it has a clip-on cover, which protects the teeth, and is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
$17; buy it here
Nathan Power Shower Wipes
Wipes are any road warrior's best friend. While many women prefer cleansing variations that remove makeup, these “power shower” wipes can be used to freshen up your entire body. We recommend keeping one pack in your gym bag and another in your carry-on, so no matter how far from a shower you are, you can always arrive to your destination (relatively) refreshed.
$7.48; buy it here
Aesop Jet Set Kit
Most people would probably agree that shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion are travel essentials. Aesop’s Jet Set Kit has got you covered with 1.7-ounce bottles of each.
$37; buy it here
Shu Uemera Shape Paste Sculpting Pomade
We asked around, and according to our frequent-flyer friends, this Shu Uemera hair pomade is the best travel-sized sculpting paste on the market.
$47.60; buy it here
Penhaligon’s Scent Library
Each set of this travel-friendly box includes 10 best-selling fragrances for men and women (though the majority are neutral) in 1.5-ounce trials. Try wearing different scents in each city or country you visit.
$25.22; buy it here