As we enter the season of the regular weekend break, it's time for a washbag audit.
Here are five essentials to make sure you have everything covered on your next weekend away.
Naturally when you're away you tend to spend more time outside than you would during a normal work day. Hailing from a part of the world where sunshine is a given, Baxter of California’s Super Shape SPF 15 uses vitamins C and E to neutralise free radicals while UVA/UVB filters provide robust protection from the sun, whether you're on the beach or in a beer garden.
(£20, Niven & Joshua)
You’re going to need something to transport your essentials on a regular basis, so consider your washbag purchase an investment. A good quality washbag is something you should never have to replace, an ideal embraced by Canadian leather goods brand WANT les Essentiels de la Vie. Their wash bags are not only well made and technically astute, but stylish to the point of envy. This particular combination of recycled cotton and cognac leather makes for a perfect lightweight travel companion. (£170, Niven & Joshua)
Once you have visited the world of Double-Edged Safety razor shaving, it’s very unlikely that you 'll want to go back. The razor is the most important part of your shaving routine, and this travel safety razor from Merkur is a great way for you to carry your favourite blades with you while in transit. A favourite of soldiers for its ability to be stripped down and cleaned, the Merkur travel razor is another reason to leave your cartridge razor at home. (£25, Shaving Shack)
The Shaving Kit
The key to shaving is routine, and there are four elements – Pre-Shave, Shave Cream, Brush and Aftershave Balm – to a good shave that you're unlikely to be find in even the most lavish of hotel rooms.
Luxury shaving brand eShave have put together a travel kit comprising of these high quality shaving essentials, including the elusive travel size version of a Badger hair brush. The eShave Verbena Lime Travel Kit has everything you need for a close shave on-the-go, all embellished with a refreshing twist of lime. (£35, Niven & Joshua)
The luxury Edition of Chanel’s Allure Homme range, Edition Blanche, has a scent that transitions perfectly from day to night as it develops on your skin. The lighter notes of Black and Pink Madasacar pepper carry you through the morning, with Sicilian Lemon and Bergamot coming to the fore in time lunch, finishing off with the deep yet sweet Vanilla and Cedar wood combination for after dark.(£46, House of Fraser)