You’ve been looking forward to this long weekend for a while. You’ve been putting in the hours at work, and it’s finally time. You want to be prepared for anything that may come up but you want to pack light.
What should you pack?
We’re going to help you with the essentials. As for the other things, it depends, of course, on where you’re going and what you plan on doing. Our tips are useful whether you’re taking flight and taking a road trip.
It all starts with your bag
Every man should have a nice travel suitcase or bag. Invest in quality bag; and it should last a lifetime. But if the best you can do is a rugged duffel bag, that will do. Whatever bag you’re working with, aim for one that measures 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches (including handles and wheels). If you’re flying, you’ll be able to take the bag as a carry-on, which means you can leave the airport quickly without having to wait for your suitcase in the baggage area.
Check the local weather
No one likes the rain when you were expecting on driving around the wine country in a convertible. Take a few minutes to check a weather site for the local forecast. You’ll be able to pack accordingly. No sense carrying an umbrella or raincoat if there is no real need. Keep in mind that your weather conditions may be different than your destination.
Start with the must-haves.
- Underwear. You can easily go through many pair on a three-day excursion. After a busy day, you’ll want to change into something that’s a little fresher, so you can see how you may go through 6-7 pair on this trip. You can cut back by taking the under gear we ship in our monthly boxes. (Yes, this is a shameful plug.) Our under gear can be hand washed when you shower; it’ll be dry and ready for you in the morning.
- Socks. You can follow the same rule as underwear. Socks may be a little more difficult to wash and wear since many socks tend to be 100% cotton and will retain moisture longer. Taking no-show socks and sock liners can cut down on the bulk.
- Dopp bag. Toiletries are as important as underwear. (We’re a little biased, as you can understand.) You need deodorant, toothpaste & toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash, contact lenses, comb/brush, razor and shaving products, 2-in-1 body wash & shampoo. You could get these items in travel size products, so that you have enough room in your kit or if you’re travelling by plane. If you keep your Dopp bag properly stocked, all you have to do is throw it in your duffel whenever the travel bug hits you.
- ID, money, and trip itinerary. You’ve packed, started driving, and then – you realize that you left the flight tickets on the dining table! You could even put your papers and wallet in your Dopp bag, so you don’t’ overlook them as you pack your suitcase.
Be a multi-tasker
You can stroll around and take in all the sights. Later, you can check out the nightlife and eat at a cool restaurant and drop by a bar or two before you go clubbing. If you’re near a lake or beach, you might expect an impromptu dip.
Whatever you pack, try to make everything pull double-duty. You will appreciate the flexibility while looking presentable. You never know who you may bump into.
- An extra pair of pants. If you’re travelling in jeans, pack a pair of chinos and vice versa. Don’t’ forget your belt. You can always press your pants with the iron in your hotel room. If you’re in a fix and the iron is missing; you can fold your pants in half and slide it between the mattress and box spring.
- A pair of shorts. Pack chino shorts. They’re lightweight, casual, and can be dressed up with the right shirt.
- A shirt. Pack a button down shirt that can be worn alone or over a t-shirt.
- T-Shirts. This versatile clothing can be worn alone or layered. Because t-shirts can be rolled up into a compact shape, you can take several with you. Mix up the colors and cuts (v-neck, crew, long sleeve).
- Shoes. Like your pants, wear a pair of sneakers while you travel. And pack a pair of shoes that you can wear in the evening. If you plan on hiking, you could take your boots and leave the shoes at home.
- Jacket or windbreaker (optional). If you’re the type that likes to look a little more formal, take a blazer or sport coat. Otherwise, you can take a windbreaker. In either case, you’ll be warm in the event the temperature drops in the evening.
- Swimwear (optional). Unless the place you’re visiting has a pool or some other water hole, you won’t need to worry about packing swimwear. If you’re thinking you’ll be taking a dip or to get some sun, pack swimwear that can double as shorts. Bring some flip-flops. You can use them in the shower as well.
You can pack your must-haves, clothes, and shoes in your duffel or suit case. You should keep the dopp kit in your personal bag, so you can brush your teeth or use mouthwash during the trip. Most airlines permit a personal bag that can be place under the seat. It should be 18 inches x 14 inches x 8 inches. This item could be smaller suitcase or a backpack. In addition to the dopp kit, you should throw in your tablet or laptop, a pair of sunglasses, a pair of headphones, and chargers for your phone and tablet. And you’re set.
Enjoy your long weekend. You deserve it. You may have noticed that there was no mention of squeezing in a workout. You can if you want. You’re going to be doing a lot of walking and moving around. Sometime, you have to let your body and mind rest, so you can be at your best when you come back home. Safe travels!
What do you pack when you travel? We want to hear from you. Comment below.
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