Recommendations for disposable razor for travel

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by BamaT, Sep 6, 2023.

  1. BamaT

    BamaT Well-Known Member

    I’ll be traveling soon by airplane, and would like to know what are some of this group’s preferred disposable razors for carryon, and what experiences you all may have had with TSA, if any, with double edge blades in checked luggage. As a point of reference, I’ve been shaving with a DE for about 10 years, and my current preference in razors is a Gillette Slim or a Black Beauty, both set mostly on 4, sometimes 5, and blade preferences are Gillette Silver Blue, Gillette Blue Platinum, and Astra SP.

    Thanks for your input, Tony
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  2. jtspartan

    jtspartan appropriately stimulated, via Netflix

    I have never had a problem with double edged blades in checked luggage. That includes flights in Canada and the United States.
    As for carry on luggage, I haven't needed to rely on 'true' disposables. On those trips, I use Trac 11 style carts with a Schick handle. I've never had a problem and consider them a few steps above a light, all-plastic disposable.
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  3. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Eccentric Razor Collector Staff Member

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    The Gillette Guard from India seems to be the preferred TSA compliant option by most wet shavers.

    I prefer the Trac II myself, it's what I used long before the Guard was an option, and I've never used the Guard.

    Given the option, I would take a Fatboy in my carry-on luggage and have Amazon ship me blades with their same day or next day delivery options.
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  4. ShaversRUs

    ShaversRUs Well-Known Member

    I had a pack of Bic Metals in reserve for a trip, and earlier this summer, I finally tried them a week before my trip. I'm sure glad I tried them first, since I hated them! Very rough and uncomfortable shave! I thought they would be in my wheelhouse since they had a single blade and were highly regarded.

    I wound up using a Schick Extreme3 on the trip -- which I had used before and liked. Doesn't shave like a DE, though. I still needed 3 passes.

    Previously, I had used a Schick Extreme2, which is very lightweight and has twin blades. It works, but so will you to get a close shave. But it is closer to DE shaving than the Extreme3.
  5. BamaT

    BamaT Well-Known Member

    I was on the verge of ordering a 7 O’Clock Trac II with a few carts for about $10, when I remembered seeing some old cart handles in an old drawer. Dug around, and found handles for a Schick Tracer, Schick Tracer FX, Gillette Sensor Excel, Gillette Atra, and an old Schick Slim Twin. I had some other handles for other cart razors at some point, but these are the only ones I could find. Then for carts…..I remembered liking the Tracer FX, so did a search for those online, and they were pricey! Dug a little deeper in some old things, and found the mother load! 4 packs of Tracer FX carts, with 14 unused carts! Now in retirement, I don’t necessarily shave every day, and had a day and a half of growth, so I loaded up a cart and had at it. First impression was terrible, then I remembered to use slight pressure, and that made a lot of difference. It was actually a nice shave in the end. So I’ve found my TSA razor!

    edit: I still had to make 3 passes with the Tracer FX. Could have been reasonably good with only 2 passes.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2023
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  6. jwr3265

    jwr3265 Well-Known Member

    I actually enjoy the Bic Metal. Gets the job done. The Guard is very good as well.

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  7. ShaversRUs

    ShaversRUs Well-Known Member

    I forgot about The Guard (for sale in India only -- yea right), not to be confused with the Skin Guard. I got my Guard from Maggard's about 3 years ago. I used it for a week or so -- very. very nice. I still haven't replaced the initial cart, but I have a pack of, I think 5 carts.

    I didn't consider bringing that on a trip since I didn't want to lose it!
  8. ShaversRUs

    ShaversRUs Well-Known Member

    Don't mean to derail this thread, but more proof that more than one blade is just a marketing gimmick.
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  9. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    I generally travel with a Mach 3 disposable. Yes I know it's heresy. But I would rather not have one of my DE razors somehow damaged. I have however, traveled with an injector in the past and ran into some minor trouble with having it in carry-on. Just from the fact that the person reading the baggage scan could not tell what it was. Once I took it out of my bag and showed it to her, there was no problem.
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  10. ShaversRUs

    ShaversRUs Well-Known Member

    I started wet shaving almost 10 years ago, but I've switched back and forth to carts. That was a mistake, since you really need to keep at wet shaving else you lose the knack. I started this year using carts, but maybe around Feb decided to stick to wet shaving exclusively. In June I was away for a week and had to use the disposable, which was a bummer. Add in almost a week of shaves with one before the trip to get used to it, and it was a double bummer.

    I find even if I travel by car, I don't take my wet shaving gear. Too much stuff to bring, and too many variables. For example, long before I started using safety razors, I decided to use a high-end cream and brush. I found Trumpers locally and used it. I went on a trip, but didn't take the whole container of cream. (I was flying.) I transferred into a small container what I thought would be plenty, and wouldn't you know it, the water was so hard at my destination that I used up the whole thing on the first shave, and could barely get a good lather -- so I had to buy canned foam, lol.

    Then if using anything but a synthetic brush, you aren't able to properly dry it on your last day. (I do use my synthetic everyday now anyway.)

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