How To Pack Like a Man — Toiletries and Drugs Edition


T-minus four days until I head out for the month. Time to pack, but in actually, I already started packing when I last traveled in April. Whaaaaaaaat? Yeah.

When I unpack for my last trip, I refill or replace what I need for the next trip. I store my dopp kit and when I’m heading out again, it’s already packed. Boom … like a boss!

For the guys, here’s a checklist of what you need. Break it down in terms of it in terms of parts of your body:

toothbrush capTeeth:

  • travel-size toothpaste. Since I’m gone for a month, I’m taking two. With toothpaste, you don’t need a big glob that covers the whole brush like you see in commercials. You just need a dime-size amount.
  • toothbrush with cap. Pack a new one. If you see a dentist twice a year, you’ll always get a new one. Just use a cap, not those long plastic cases. They are bulky, inflexible and take up too much space.
  • floss
  • mouthwash powder or Listerine strips


  • hand sanitizer — I’ve read the stories about Purell not doing anything. I know, they just make my hands smell nice.
  • hand cream
  • nail clippers


  • new razor with holder — those travel electric razors are shit.
  • mini shave brush
  • shaving oil or cream — those gel canisters are a huge waste. A small brush with Kiehl’s travel size cream will save space and give you a better shave. You don’t even have to bring the whole tube. You can squeeze some into a small travel jar.
  • Nick stick
  • small scissors — for noise hairs and to combat unibrow.


  • comb
  • hair gel in travel tube

kiehlFace and Skin:

  • Deodorant
  • Cologne — Europeans like to smell nice, so do I. Just don’t overly spray like they do.
  • Suntan Lotion SPF 45
  • Kiehl’s Facial Fuel in travel container — I highly enforce this product, and I receive no compensation for this. It works as an aftershave, eliminates puffy eyes from jet lag, hydrates your skin, makes your face feel fresh and has an SPF 15.
  • Tiger Balm — It’s great for sore muscles, especially calves from walking all day.


  • Tide sink packets — These things are great. If laundry isn’t nearby, I use these to get my undies, socks and t-shirts feeling fresh and clean.
  • Tide To-Go spot remover

Ass and Dick:

  • Flushable wipes — As described in my Consider This post.
  • Condoms — If you are traveling with a romantic partner, good for you. I won’t ask questions. As for me traveling single, I’m not going to get laid or looking to get some. “But Chris, what you find the woman of your dream and she wants to make sweet love to you?” That’s not happening, so I’m jettisoning them from my kit.


  • Prescription Meds –Malaria meds and back pills. Don’t get old, kids. My travel case is from Muji. I highly endorse all their travel accessories.
  • Advil
  • Allergy pills — The animals in Africa will make me sneezy.
  • Diarrhea pills
  • Nyquil — Cross figures, I don’t catch a cold or get sick
  • Cold-EEZE — In case I feel a sniffle or sore throat.
  • Multi-vitamins — It’s hard to keep a balance diet away from home.
  • Emergen-C packets — it’s important to keep your immune system up when traveling for long periods of time.

travel-tubeOptional and Miscellaneous :

  • Body wash/shampoo  — All hotels will provide this, but if you’re staying in an AirBnb, make sure your host provides it. Travel tubes are your friend. No need to get those travel sizes of soap/shampoo. Cheaper to buy the whole thing and place in tubes.
  • Lip balm
  • Band Aids
  • Q-tips
  • travel tissue packs
  • travel sewing kit






2 thoughts on “How To Pack Like a Man — Toiletries and Drugs Edition

  1. Great selection. Leaving at home most toiletries is essential for traveling light. I usually have just a few things with me and didn’t feel like anything was missing a single time 🙂


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