Spring Break Grooming Essentials
Ten travel-friendly products to take you from sun and surf to a night on the town.
Headed to Daytona Beach? Cancun? The Bahamas? A glamorous backyard kiddie pool? Whatever adventure—and after-party—your spring break has in store, make sure your grooming gear is up to the challenge. That doesn’t mean you have to pack the whole bathroom sink: these key tools and clever multitaskers will have you covered, whether you’re playing hard on the water or partying down on the shore.
Jack Spade Waxwear Travel Kit
A plastic bag is fine for getting liquids through airport security, but it’s no substitute for a proper dopp bag. Jack Spade makes its Waxwear Travel Kit from sturdy cotton canvas and bridle leather that’ll withstand adventures and look great for years to come. An interior zipper-pocket center divider keeps the generous three-quart interior organized, while a fully waterproof liner guards the rest of your gear from spills.
Sun Bum Pro Sunscreen
Spring Break holds all the promise of golden tan replacing winter white, but for some of us the reality is painful lobster red—and an increased risk of skin cancer. Organizations including the North Shore Lifeguard Association, the Eastern Surfing Association, and the Skin Cancer Foundation recommend Sun Bum Pro sunscreen, available in broad-spectrum 30 and 50 SPF, for its hard-wearing formula that stays out of eyes and resists water for 80 minutes. You’ll like it for its lack of greasiness and its unobtrusive natural-cocoa-butter scent. For lips, Sun Bum has you covered with SPF 30 lip balm in groovy flavors including coconut, key lime, and mango.
From $12.99 and 3.99, trustthebum.com
Gillette Fusion Disposable Razor
Vacation is the perfect time to give your skin a break from the razor. But if the mood does strike, don’t rough it with a cheap single-blade and a bar of hotel soap. Gillette’s Fusion Disposable razor pairs five ultra-sharp blades with a lotion strip for a quick, smooth shave—all the comfort of home without the need to pack it out with you.
Jack Black Beard Lube
Pre-shave oil, shave cream, and aftershave are the best tools for blasting a few days’ growth. They’re not very portable, though. That’s why Jack Black packs all the essentials into its Beard Lube. Slather it onto wet skin as you get out of the shower, and by the time you dry off and pull out the razor, whiskers are softened and ready to go. The translucent formula glides off easily and makes it a cinch to see what you’re doing, while jojoba, phospholipids, and heather extract leave skin soothed and moisturized.
From $11, getjackblack.com
If you want breath that won’t strip surfboard wax, daily brushing and flossing are a must. But for après-lunch emergencies, carry a pack of Colgate Wisp. The soft-plastic pick and bristles get teeth cleaner than a stick of gum and still leave things fresh-tasting, thanks to the breath-mint-like dissolving bead. Pick-up-lines not included.
$4.99 for 16, target.com
Lush Squeaky Green Shampoo Bar
Salt, chlorine, sun, oil—all triggers for an itchy scalp. Lush’s Squeaky Green shampoo bar packs a powerful, calming punch into an easy-to-stash solid bar. Just swipe twice around wet hair and let the rosemary, nettle, tea tree, and chamomile lather get to work. Bonus: it also makes a great bodywash with zero TSA fuss.
Old Spice Fiji Antiperspirant
If you’re going to pack deodorant—and yes, please do—why not pack one that’s on theme? Old Spice Fiji antiperspirant may not smell like sunshine and freedom—it’s more of a sporty wood-and-lime experience—but the blue surf and palm trees on the label evoke the feeling nicely.
From $1.39, walgreens.com
Badger Balm is the Swiss Army knife of grooming product. Rub a bit on fingers and run through hair for a soft-hold pomade. Smooth some on sunburn and let the healing begin. Rub into hands to keep cuticles from cracking. Dab it on scraped-up skin for extra protection. Pat onto lips to keep peeling at bay. Just don’t leave it in a hot car or beach bag or you’ll have a hot mess on your hands.
From $5.99, badgerbalm.com
REI Day Hiker First-Aid Kit
Cuts, scrapes, stings, splinters, blisters, headaches, heartburn, allergies—wear-and-tear takes a toll on good times. REI has these basics covered with its 4-by-5.5-by-2-inch Day Hiker first-aid kit so you can focus on the next adventure without nagging reminders of the ones before.