Did you know that bears (and bugs) can be attracted to scented grooming products? While I can’t promise a bear won’t mistake your aftershave for a mating call, I can certainly help you stay sharp and fresh in the great outdoors, minus the wildlife mix-up!
You’re in the right place if you’re looking to blend the art of grooming with the thrill of camping. Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a long-haul adventure, looking and feeling your best shouldn’t take a backseat.
I’ve been a passionate camper and a grooming geek for years, and I’ve mastered the fine art of staying slick in the sticks. From eco-friendly products to portable grooming kits, I’ve tried and tested it all. So, let’s dive into the world of shaving and grooming while camping, where style meets the wild!
- Select between an electric shaver for speed and portability or a DE razor for a closer shave and cost-effectiveness, based on personal preference and facial hair type.
- Bring a preferred razor, unscented soap, a toiletry bag, and necessary items like brushes, pots, and a mirror for efficient and organized grooming while camping.
- Trim facial hair before shaving, conserve grooming products, shave post-trimming to avoid scattered hairs, use unscented products, and soothe skin afterwards; prioritize preparation and lightweight packing.
Tips for Shaving and Grooming While Camping
Let’s face it; grooming while camping is difficult. It is even harder when you are alone and lack the correct equipment and tools to do so. I love camping, and it has opened my eyes to so many activities. I knew I had to keep up with my grooming routines, such as shaving while camping. Not only did I feel better after shaving, but I also built a manageable and consistent routine that you can use today while camping.
Although in this article we are focusing on shaving while camping this video will give you some valuable tips about other hygiene considerations:
Electric Shaving Vs DE Shaving while Camping
Whatever shaving method you choose is a matter of personal choice. You should consider the pros and cons of each piece of equipment before making your selection. Your choice will be based on aspects such as the time and sharpness of the shave. In this section, I will explore the pros and cons of electric shaving and DE (Double-Edged razor).
Benefits of Using an Electric Shaver
An electric shaver is usually faster and gives you a cleaner shave than manual razors. This is because they usually roll up on the skin, forcing hair upwards before cutting them. Following this technique, you do not need to shave one area multiple times, making this method much faster and allowing you to enjoy nature more.
Electric shavers are portable. Once you charge them, they will store the power for a few hours or days. This would be a major advantage while you are camping, especially when you are packing light.
It Doesn’t Require any Grooming Items
What do you need when using the electric shaver? Nothing! You require no shaving cream, soap, or gel when shaving. It only glides across your skin, pulls up the hair, and cuts from the lowest base. You can even start shaving without water while camping. From experience, I know how scarce water can be in the wild.
- Not suitable for men with heavy facial hair
- It’s pretty noisy (especially noticeable in the woods)
- Cleaning and maintenance needs attention
- The initial purchase can be expensive.
Benefits of Using a DE Manual Shaver
DE razors have to be the cheapest method that you can use to groom yourself. By cheap, I mean the initial purchasing price, as well as the cleaning and maintenance. This also applies to disposable razors, however, due to environmental considerations I do not recommend using these, even when shaving and grooming while camping.
Perfect for Men with Ingrown Hairs
I have been a victim of ingrown hair, and it is not a beautiful sight. They form painful pimples on your skin, and this, in turn, affects your self-esteem and confidence. DE razors don’t require you to go over one area twice as they cut hair as close to the skin as possible. It offers a clean shave. Small ingrown hair can ruin your whole camping trip!
DE razors are sharp and often stay sharp for long. As long as you clean them well, you can use one for up to six camping days.
- Getting used to the razor takes time and practice.
- Razor burns and bumps are a real worry while out and about. Luckily I have found the solution.
- Requires additional items (creams, brushes, pots).
What to Bring when Camping
Camping requires that you pack light. You do not want to have a heavier load than you can carry as you trek and camp. Here is what I recommend you take for shaving when camping.
Razor (Double-Edge Razor or an Electric Shaver)
Your choice of razor depends on your hair type and your personal preference. You can always check out my review of the best travel shavers which will be perfect for this camping scenario. Most importantly, choose what you like and what you are familiar with. If you are undecided, you can try each one out before embarking on the camping trip.
The M60b is Braun’s smallest shaver, which still packs a punch. Powered by 2 simple AA batteries, this is the shaver I personally use when out and about exploring the wild.
This Classic DE Parker razor comes in 4 parts inside a dedicated travel pouch. Just assemble it on the go using your favourite DE razor. Couldn’t be much simpler than that!
This toiletry bag features six compartments, including specialized pockets for quick access items, toothbrushes, shavers, bottled goods, small personal items, and wet products.
Constructed with heavy weight polyester, it is dust-resistant, cut-resistant, and waterproof, with luggage-grade zippers and double-sewn seams for enhanced durability.
Its tactical design incorporates side molle webbing for tools and gadgets, a detachable 550 paracord handle with a whistle for emergencies, and a complimentary tactical carabiner.
A good toiletry bag will enable you to store all your wet shaving and toiletry items. You can store your shaving brushes, shaving creams, razors, and most importantly a small portable mirror. It will help you stay organised which is strongly recommended while camping.
The Van Der HagenShave Soap is formulated with a blend of Mango Butter, Shea Butter, and Cocoa Butter, designed to provide a smooth, close shave while minimizing razor burn.
Its hypoallergenic properties make it suitable for men with sensitive or acne-prone skin, offering protection and moisture retention for a comfortable shave.
The soap's rich lather ensures a pleasurable shaving experience without irritation, appealing to those who prefer traditional wet shaving methods.
Since you will be in the woods, go for unscented soaps and shaving creams. It keeps away small bugs and scent-interested flies. High quality shaving soap will also prevent razor burn, which can be particularly annoying when you are out adventuring.
Other items you should bring along with you:
- Brushes – For lathering up and applying the soap
- Pots – To create lather and store water for shaving
- A mirror – It’s almost as important as the razor itself! It ensures you never miss a spot but you can also use it to start a fire or signal a plane if you get lost.
How to Shave while Camping
Tips and Tricks
- When camping, resources such as water can be tight. Preparation and planning will allow you to enjoy the trip while looking your best.
- Before you shave your facial hair, you need to trim it. This is even more important when you have heavy facial hair. And remember to shave right before leaving for your adventure.
- Shaving before you shower leaves lots of hair scattered on your face. To avoid this, you should only shower (or wash in the river) after you shave.
- While camping, you need to ensure that you use as little product as possible. This is because you will only pack a few items, and you must use them well in order to last long. Be minimalist with the resources that you have and remember to pack light.
- Soothe your skin after shaving it to reduce the past-shave effects
- Always use unscented soaps and shaving creams
Camping is fun and exciting. Grooming is also an essential thing for every man. As you have seen in this article, shaving while camping in the woods doesn’t have to be difficult.
Preparation is the most important aspect of shaving and grooming while camping. That’s why you need to ensure you pack light and for that I recommend sticking to electric shavers wherever possible!