Hopefully we don’t jinx it, but the weather has been unusually good here at Mankind Headquarters in the North of England, and as is the case whenever the sun comes out, it’s got us itching to travel. Packing the right travel essentials when you’re on holiday is crucial, but you don’t want to overburden yourself. If you’re on a short break, roadtripping, backpacking, or just want to save space in your suitcase, pick up these travel essentials from House 99 and you’ll be good to go.
Space is previous in your travel bag, so any grooming item that can tick multiple boxes will be a valuable addition. You’ll never not need a moisturiser, and while technically it’s important to protect yourself from the sun at all times, it’s especially important in warmer climates. For this reason, an SPF moisturiser like the Broad Defense SPF20 is an absolute must-have.
This super convenient SPF moisturiser comes in spray form, making it the perfect thing for a quick reapplication throughout the day or in between dips at the beach. Also able to help protect tattoos, it’s a multipurpose, highly convenient skincare essential, that it makes perfect sense to take away with you.
If you have a beard, you know that keeping it soft, clean and healthy, as well as tangle-free, is a major concern. The Softer Touch Beard Oil will help you do all this, while taking up very little space in your bag. Delivering super-concentrated benefits, lightweight, and rapidly drying, it’s the ultimate fuss-free beard product and a fantastic travel companion.
Used either alongside or as an alternative to the Softer Touch Beard Oil, the Seriously Groomed Beard & Hair Balm is a lightweight, highly moisturising beard product that thoroughly conditions the facial hair and ensures the skin underneath is hydrated and soothed. Apply a pea-sized amount through facial hair and comb it through before applying a beard oil for unbeatable softness and suppleness.
What makes it extra handy is that it doubles up as a hair product. Softening, adding a subtle, healthy shine, and creating a small amount of flexible hold, it’s a great way to add shape and texture to a natural style, neaten up your bedhead, or tame beach hair.
Men with hair tend to be fairly proud of it, and whether we like to admit it or not, looking lacklustre from using free hotel shampoo has the potential to put a real dampener on a holiday. Taking the Twice As Smart Taming Shampoo & Conditioner along with you while travelling is an easy way to guarantee your hair is up to scratch. Thickening, strengthening and volumising, it lays the foundation for a perfect hairstyle and saves you space while you’re at it.
Another 2-in-1 space saver, the Polish Up Body & Hair Wash uses extracts from superfoods Spirulina and Quinoa as well as reinvigorating Menthol to rejuvenate, strengthen, and refresh the skin and hair. Packed with nutrients, smelling fantastic, and equally as effective as a body wash or shampoo, you’ll be thankful you took it with you.
When it comes to picking a hair product to take away with you, versatility is key. The Change It Up Texturizing Clay is a product with a range of applications. Applying like a cream, it can be quickly combed through to create a neat, swept back look. Capable of creating lift and volume, it can be used for quiffs and other high impact styles. Finally, due to its undetectable matte finish, it can be used simply to enhance and add shape to a minimalist natural look. Whatever style you go for, it has the added benefit of a densifying, thickening effect that makes your hair appear fuller.
If you like this content, read these 5 Men’s Grooming Hacks from House 99, and check out our House 99 Grooming Q&A. As always, for more male grooming expertise, keep up to speed with the Mankind blog.