A wise (and probably bearded) man once said, “vacation is having nothing to do, but having all day to do it,” and we agree. Regardless of destination or length of time, taking a vacation is a good time to relax and enjoy yourself without a care in the world. However, be careful not to ‘chill out’ too hard and let your grooming regimen fall to the wayside. Even going just a few days without proper beard care can be detrimental to the facial hair that you’ve worked so hard to grow. While we don’t expect you to spend all your time on vacay focusing on proper beard care, below is a guide for keeping a low-maintenance, yet tidy vacation beard on your travels.
1. Pack the Essentials
Before you check into the vacation state of mind, step one is the dreaded packing experience. Before you overfill your suitcase with extra items you don’t need and won’t wear, be sure to save a little space for your grooming kit. While some beardsmen opt for the off-duty look on vacation, making sure your beard is well maintained is important during your time away.
Whether you’re a shaver or trimmer kind of guy, make sure your trusty Wahl products are packed safely in your bag. If you don’t want to bring your heavy-duty tools, look into picking up a small but efficient travel trimmer for your stay. You may not need to touch-up your beard every day, but you’ll be thanking the beard gods when you need that quick trim before heading out for the evening. Other essentials include your trusty beard wash, balm, oil and softener. After a day on the beach soaking up the sun, you’re going to need that beard pick-me-up to keep your whiskers looking shiny and fresh.
2.Travel Without Worry
Now your bag is packed and you’re ready to go, but there is one last detour before relaxation-city: the actual traveling. Whether you’re taking a plane, train or automobile, there are certain considerations you’ll need to make for a seamless transition from home to vacay.
If your travels require an airplane trip, be sure to remember TSA regulations. Following the applicable liquids rules will ensure all your products make it on your trip safely (and don’t worry, our beard oil and softener are under 3.4 oz., so you’re good to go). Also, carry-on and checked baggage allow for most electric shavers, trimmers and batteries, so you don’t have to worry about leaving your treasured tools at home. While there are rules against checking spare lithium-ion batteries, you don’t have to worry about our lithium-ion product line because the batteries are already installed. In addition, our lithium-ion batteries are 8.1 watts at most, which is well below the FAA regulations. If you have questions or concerns regarding your grooming products, check with your chosen airline.
While traveling on the ground allows you to bring any amount of items, you should still make sure to travel carefully. The last thing you want to do upon arrival is deal with a product leak in your bag or a broken trimmer. To ensure immediate vacation relaxation, pack wet products safely in a kit or travel bag to prevent leaks and store trimmers in a safe compartment to avoid breakage. Don’t forget to engage the travel lock to avoid accidental activation. Dependent on the product, you may have a different way to engage the lock. For some products, hold the power button on your trimmer for three seconds to engage the travel lock. Then, upon arrival, disengage the travel lock by holding the power button again for three seconds. To learn how to engage the travel lock on your specific device, check your products’ instruction booklet or view the digital version on our website.
3. Destination Care
Ahhh, you made it to vacation. Time to unpack, take a load off and start to enjoy the trip. But keep in mind, wherever you may have chosen to unwind can have some unexpected consequences for that well-kempt beard of yours, if not properly taken care of.
After a long day in the sun, salt, and spray, you’re going to need to wash and care for the hair on your face and the hair on your head. Don’t rely on those cheap, complimentary products from your hotel to clean up. Start with a high-quality shampoo—lather, rinse, repeat. Next, care for that magnificent man mane. Use a beard wash that won’t strip away the natural moisture in your beard leaving your face feeling dry. Follow up your wash with a beard softener to keep your whiskers moisturized and ready to take on the night. And lastly, finish it off with a dash of high-quality beard balm or oil to sculpt and style your vacation beard to its prime.
Whether you’re packing, on your way or relaxing on vacation, Wahl has you covered. Don't forget to pick up any of the remaining essentials on your vacation beard checklist.