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Man’s perfect travel toiletry kit

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It’s one of the truisms of travel. No matter how well you pack, there’s never enough room for your toiletry bag. Your neatly folded shirts, your well-placed shoes and your freshly pressed t-shirts suddenly have to make room for the lumpen rugby ball you left out until you brushed your teeth ten minutes before your taxi arrives.

There is always a better way. From showering to skincare, here’s six grooming travel essentials that are stylish, effective and come in beautifully small packages.

Truefitt & Hill Ultimate Comfort Shaving Cream Travel Tube
This excellent, lightly-scented shaving cream can be applied with or without a brush, making it ideal for the travel kit but also providing the best possible shave while on the road. An essential.
Price: AED95 from 1847 Salon, Dubai Mall

L’Occitan After Shave Balm
The best after-shave balm we’ve tried? Just maybe. Made with Shea butter with soothing bisabolol and birch sap extract, and with the familiar L’Occitan perfume, this is 30ml of post-shave perfection. It will leave your skin soft, supple and smooth, and will hardly register on the luggage scales.
Price: AED65 for 30ml from L’Occitan in Dubai Marina Mall

Nuxe deoderant
In our view, there’s no point over-complicating deoderant. What you need for travel is a roll-on in a plastic case and this from Nuxe delivers with a scent more sophisticated than the usual supermarket big brands. Recommended.
Price: AED55 for 50ml from Bloomingdale’s

Le Labo Bergamote Oil
Before colognes came in fancy spray bottles and were sold by whichever flash-in-the-pan celebrity was willing to take his shirt off for the marketing campaign, the key to smelling sweet was oils. This by Le Labo, is a subtle mixture of amber, bitter grapefruit and a hint of vetiver. It’s alcohol-free (which means less irritation) and at 30ml is airport friendly. Warning: use sparingly.
Price: AED430 from Mr Porter

Mr Natty Hair Preparation
World-class product design aside, Mr Natty’s Hair Preparation is for guys who like a long-lasting matt finish to their hair. With a heavy texture – so you don’t need very much of it – the lightly-scented clay banishes bed head, and makes your hair pliable once more.
Price: AED95 from Mr Natty

And, once you’ve sourced all that, you can put it in here:

Dunhill Chassis Leather Wash Bag
Airport security may favour the see-through plastic bag approach to travel grooming, but if you have an ounce you’ll have sartorial nous you’ll have tucked your travel essentials away in a stylish wash bag.  This one courtesy of Dunhill is stylish, yes, but more importantly practical; the hardwearing leather is hard-wearing and water-resistant.
Price: AED760 from Alfred Dunhill, Dubai Mall

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