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Summer vacation season will be here soon. With it is plenty of stress inducing things but also the chance to relax (no really). Below are some of my favorite tips for a smooth summer vacation. And to help make your summer travel planning smooth, I’ve included a free printable checklist.
- Ensure Your Vehicle is Ready for the Hot Weather and the Road. Before heading out on summer vacation, make sure your car is ready. This could involve an oil change, air filter change, antifreeze check, and tire rotation/balance. An often overlooked maintenance item is the cabin air filter. Located behind a glove box or center console, this filter keeps things smelling better and keeps things less dusty inside your car, minivan, or truck. Nothing is worse than those old fast food odors first thing in the morning. And changing out the cabin air filter can help. If really clogged up, it can also increase the amount of air coming into your vehicle’s cabin.
- Getting Your Car Ready, Part II: Feeling really industrious? Give your vehicle a wash, wax, and interior cleaning. There are probably some things on the exterior from spring or worse… winter. Between the road salt from winter and pollen of spring your car is pretty trashed. Wash it, then wax it. By all means DO NOT use liquid detergent from your kitchen to wash your car.
- Getting Your Car Ready, Part III: And don’t forget the interior! Vacuum, and clean the glass, plastic, and vinyl parts. For these last two materials, find a good quality protectant to keep your vehicle’s interior looking new.
- Stock Up on Summer Essentials Early: Things like sunscreen, sun canopies, and beach chairs can add up when purchased at your vacation destination. To the extent possible, buy those summer essentials and bring them with you. You’ll wind up keeping more of your money for a round of golf, putt-putt, or a few drinks at the bar.
- Do Some Planning, But Leave Room to Breathe: If you are the super scheduler at home, try giving yourself and your family more unstructured time. It is vacation after all. Consider putting a few activities on the calendar, but give yourself plenty of time to rest and recuperate. The calendar will be there when you get home. For now, enjoy your time off the clock.
Trip to Costco to Pre-Shop Some Summer Supplies
On a recent trip to Costco, I did some pre-shopping to see what summer supplies my club had. While looking for some sunscreen in the HABA section I saw a new Gillette® Mach3® Signature Edition razor blade that caught my attention. I had a few bad trimmer run ins in the last few months and thought it might be time for a “summer reset.” In years past, I would trim down from a beard to a goatee when the weather warmed up. But, lately have been keeping the full beard year round.
The Costco pack included 14 cartridges and 1 handle. I was intrigued by the claim that a smooth shave that’s up to 100% redness-free (it’s possible with Mach3®). I was hopeful that an extra-lubricating gel strip vs. Mach3® and having more Skin Guard fins vs. Sensor2® Disposable would give me a more comfortable shave. It seems like whenever I shave, it’s red afterwards. So much so, that I always use an aftershave lotion of some type. I also spotted some Gillette® Fusion ProGlide 2-in-1 Shave Gel in a 3ct 6.oz (Ocean Breeze). I thought it might be a good time to give my beard a reset and try out this new razor and shave cream.
Shaving Your Beard for Smooth Summer Re-Growth
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Gear I Used
- Electric beard trimmer
- Gillette® Fusion ProGlide 2-in-1 Shave Gel (Ocean Breeze)
- Gillette® Mach3® Signature Edition Razor Blade
- Pantene® Advanced Care® Conditioner
- Before Shot – Here’s my mug before the festivities began. Don’t I look thrilled?
- Clean Up: I find it helpful to trim down my beard with the beard trimmer before taking a shower. Laying down a towel to catch the hair from the beard trimmer helps make cleanup easier. Adjusting the trimmer as I complete a pass ensures it doesn’t grab my hair or get bogged down from the trimmed hair.
- Shower: Clean up as usual. I take an extra minute to put some Pantene® Advanced Care® Conditioner in my now shorter beard.
- Shave: Wet face, then apply a generous amount of shave cream
The last of the beard is now in the bowl.
Overall impressions of the Gillette® Fusion ProGlide 2-in-1 Shave Gel (Ocean Breeze) and the Gillette® Mach3® Signature Edition Razor Blade were positive. I got a very close shave and very little redness. My usual neck area redness wasn’t a factor. Really impressive. In fact, my wife checked the closeness and was pleasantly surprised.