The Dop 5 Countdown

Gay Guy,

Let me know if this is surprising in any way, but the limited data from the recent poll (see 3/20 post) confirms a few stereotypes.

Straight guys travel lightest in terms of toiletries, the majority of them needing 5 items or less when they hit the road. Gay guys take an average of 6-10 products. And women (gay or straight) carry the most of all. If the folks at Johnson and Johnson didn't already know this, I'd be shocked.

You can see the contents of my current road kit above. These are the essentials: Toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, and deodorant. Wildcard item: I wear glasses, and in case they get lost or broken, I try to have a set of contacts, just in case. Other than that, I can make do with whatever my hotel or hosts can provide. To stay at 5 items, you simply can't afford to care about brands of soap, shampoo, or anything else. No combs, brushes, or hairdryers either. Just do your best with a towel and your hands.

And, no, there's no shaving cream, either. Modern multi-blade razors are so effective that soap will work just fine once in a while. Honestly, I have no idea what the "Art of Shaving" stores are all about. Shaving has never been better. I suspect that the largest portion of their profit margin is in sales to women desperate to find a classy yet intimate gift for their boyfriend's or husband's birthday. Don't fall for it.

Back on topic... So, I'm not sure how to travel any lighter than that. I'll also fess up that I have no shame about taking hotel toiletries when I check out, so my average spikes on return flights. Stayed someplace really nice last week where they set out a ton of stuff (jackpot!), including a shoehorn(!?!), and no, I didn't take it.

So, Readers, what am I missing? What essentials are on your list? Are you willing to cope with the lame soap/shampoo combo gels if needed? Anyone in the market for a disposable showercap? Or a few? They're starting to pile up.

--Straight Guy


Gay Guy said...

Hotel shampoo is a wild card. Sometimes, it's total crap. Sometimes, it's really wonderful stuff.

There is a hotel in NYC I want to stay at again just to get some more of their bathroom goodies. Knock over the maid's cart if need be.

Straight in Upstate said...

my bag looks like SG's, sans the contacts - when I remember, I try to take my old pair of glasses so I wouldn't be stranded if mine broke. I do try to carry a brush, but I totally use my wife's if we're together. I haven't used shaving cream in 20 years (and I do shave) - I'm picky about my soap for that reason, but don't carry my own for trips. I've never been picky about shampoo; I remember having a few bad experiences but not bad enough to make me take my own. And the airline carry-on standards have made me even less picky.

Kiwi said...

I'm fine with hotel shampoo usually...

Oddyoddyo13 said...

I travel pretty heavily, whether or not I keep it light. But usually, I'm forgetting stuff, so I'd most likely need to either narrow it down or get a checklist.

Anonymous said...

Funny guy.

Spot said...

I take a little bag of sample size things, in case the hotel stuff sucks. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, ect. And then there's hair products, straightening iron, toothbrushes, toothpaste, q-tips, my prescriptions, tylenol, benadryl, motion sick pills, bandaids, ointment, nail polish & remover, deodorant, lotions, body spray, makeup, sunscreen, aloe gel. I'm like a walking drugstore. But I manage to fit all that in a relatively small bag and I carry toiletries for me, hubby and my sons. Really, I have it down to a fine art. =]


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