The luggage, packing tools, and packing tips we covered in the last post count for the men as well. My husband and I have no problem fitting both our things in a single carry-on. It means only the addition of his jacket, toothbrush, one pair of undies, neck pouch, and reading material.
Here are wardrobe items to avoid...
Here are some suggestions for traveling in comfort and style. Remember - it's the type and # of item that is important. Raid your closet before you go shopping.
- A lightweight, waterproof jacket. Pack this in the carry-on.
- A casual sport coat. Gives you that stylish bump that so many men are missing nowadays, and fits the bill if you decide to seek out a fancy restaurant for dinner. Wear this on the plane.
- 5 to 6 shirts. They don't all have to be long-sleeved dress shirts. Linen travels wonderfully, cotton polos as well. A baseball style t-shirt is casual without being schlumpy. Shirts with a little stretch help you avoid ironing.
- 2 pants. My husband often skips the jeans and packs a pair of dark trousers with the chinos. If you're a shorts guy - pack tailored bermudas over cargo or jean shorts.
- 1 pj. You never know when you might need to run down the hall for ice!
- 5 to 6 socks. Fewer if you're packing sandals.
- 5 to 6 underwear.
- A hat you would wear on a hot day.
- Sunglasses, watch, and belt.
- If you're planning on fancier restaurants or activities, slip a tie in your bag!
- The same neck pouch I suggested for the women. Your wallet in your pocket can be too easily pilfered.
- Nook-style neck pillow as suggested previously.
For some reason, the shoes didn't want to show up properly in my collage. So here they are. A comfortable loafer makes it easy to negotiate security at the airport. A sneaker-style lace-up covers the casual side of your outfits but still looks nice.
A word on athletic sandals! There are definitely viable sandal options out there for men but if you plan on wearing them - you better make sure your feet are viewer worthy. There's zero shame in getting a pedicure, at the very least, your wife can help you tidy up your tootsies.
Two things I forgot in the last post...
For the women... Bike Shorts!!
In my first answer last week to this question, I promised you a tip for how to wear skirts when traveling and I forgot to include it. Bike shorts (without the authentic seat padding) are a skirt's best friend. They make it easier to sit and you don't have worry about gusts of wind flashing your fancies to the public. If it's really hot out... skip the bike shorts and enjoy the breeze!
Travel-size bottle of Febreze!!
They're making progress, but European's still smoke quite a bit. A little spray bottle of Febreze eliminates the stink lickety split! Just spritz your clothes at night and the next morning you'll be good to go.
- Yes, it's fine to get a TSA approved luggage lock. I haven't yet, because I bought my luggage before those came out. I just leave it unlocked during travel and lock it at the hotel. With my passport in it!
- Travel candles are sometimes more trouble than they're worth. It's handy that they come in little tins with lids and they definitely help in musty or odd-smelling hotel rooms. But you're not supposed to pack lighters and TSA agents often confiscate matches as well. So that leaves you hunting for something at your destination. If you're worried about being sensitive to smells, pack a TS spray freshener.