One of the heavier items I travel with is my Panasonic electric razor. I don’t like having facial hair, and my hair unfortunately grows very quickly, so I shave my mustache area daily and the rest of my face & neck every 2 days so I don’t look like a dilapidated vagrant.
I recently read some good things about the Gilette Mach3 disposable razor, so I tested it out on a recent vacation. I normally do not use blades to shave because I have a very sensitive neck, and most traditional razors cut my skin and make me bleed. Hence the electric razor that I use at home. But for travel purposes I wanted to see if I could get by with something smaller, lighter, and simpler.
The Gilette Mach3 disposables are a throw away version of the regular Mach3 razor that has been around for a long time. I went with the disposable version because I wanted something I could use for a little while and then toss out once the blade got dull. These came in a 3 pack at my local Walmart, and while they’re more expensive than the typical disposable razor, the shave quality is significantly better.
Shaving with the grain, I didn’t have a single facial cut over the course of 6 days. By the end of that time, the razor was still cutting well with no signs of dullness, so it has remained in my toiletries bag for my next trip and the other 2 are still awaiting deployment. I’m curious to find out how long a single razor will last before it starts causing problems. I’ve read reviews that say up to a month, which would be impressive for any blade.
There’s not really much else to say about it. In my experience so far it’s a good, simple razor, and it may be good enough to replace my electric shaver even on longer trips. If you have sensitive skin like mine and are looking for ways to lighten your luggage, it’s easy to give this a try since it doesn’t cost much and can be found just about everywhere.