Updated: Mar 21
Traveling in style isn’t just about what you pack - it’s also about how you pack it, how you get to your destination, and how you prepare for your trip in advance.
In this series, we will address how to build your capsule wardrobe for high degrees of travel and cover key styling tips for individuals who are serial travelers. It is essential to understand strategic travel tactics and packing tips to ensure your trips are smooth as can be and to help you focus on your goals and relationships while traveling.
The Travel Capsule Wardrobe Basics
Choosing clothing for your travel can get a bit tricky. But choosing an entire wardrobe? That can be even harder.
Finding the right combinations to prepare for different scenarios - whether it’s variation in the weather (pun intended) or multiple destinations in one trip (a business conference followed by a vacation, for example) - can cause some of us to overpack. You want to avoid cramming too many ‘what if’ items into your luggage, but still have enough versatility to be ready for anything.
And how does one do that?
That’s where a capsule wardrobe comes in handy - a go-to wardrobe of key staples that can mix and match, layer up or down, and adapt to any destination you please. There are various schools of thought when it comes to assessing the best clothes for a men’s travel capsule wardrobe. You can consider different wardrobes for warm and cold climates, various types of trips, and of course, many locations. Here are some tips to keep in mind for your wardrobe:
Focus on quality and timeless style. Choose clean and timeless pieces that won’t drop out of fashion and will work for most situations. And make sure that you choose high quality fabrics that can handle versatile usage.
Select subdued colors. Blues, black, greens, and grays interchange really well, and are always safe plays.
Build a cold-weather wardrobe and a warm-weather wardrobe. They don’t need to be completely different - for example, you might have t-shirts in both - but you will certainly want to swap out a few items.
Limit your accessories, PJs, and workout clothes. This is key - when you travel, you don’t want too much clutter. So sleep in a t-shirt, and pick pieces you can get active in like, athleisure for instance.
Advice to Consider for Traveling Smoothly
As we mentioned, traveling isn’t just about having the right clothes - it’s also about making sure that your trip is as smooth as possible. So here’s some advice to consider when preparing for
Plan for Different Scenarios in Advance
When selecting your capsule wardrobe, be sure to think through the situations you could find yourself in.
What if you’re going straight from the plane right into a meeting? You’ll need a travel-friendly, but sharp, outfit to fly with.
What if you’ve got a date lined up right after your first day in the office you’re visiting? You’ll want to make sure you’ve got a dress shirt that fits both occasions.
Point being, there are a number of different scenarios you could end up in, and you want to be prepared to tackle them all.
And when considering potential outfits, be sure to choose wrinkle-resistant fabrics. You’ll be traveling, after all, and you want to stay sharp!
Choose a suitcase that best fits your needs
Don’t underestimate the importance of your suitcase. To make travel easier, pick a good suitcase that’s both easy to travel with and that suits all your needs. If you’re in need of an upgrade, several recent suitcase startups offer new products that simplify everything from tracking your bag to keeping your suit pressed. Some examples include the phone-charging port in Away’s suitcases and Paravel’s stylish fold-up backpacks. But make sure that you’re up to date on the latest suitcase guidelines - the last thing you want is the hassle of having to deal with a bag that’s just over the weight limit.
Travel in style
Sure, sweats and a hoodie can make it easy to sleep. But making an effort to look nice when you travel prepares you for anything and exudes confidence. This quote from Stephanie Korey of Away travel sums it up nicely: “the goal is being comfortable without being sloppy.”
Nobody wants the hassle of dealing with multiple bags. A great rule of thumb is to, whenever possible, stick to carry-on luggage. This will force you to pack lightly and efficiently, and you won’t have to worry about your bags getting lost.
Sign up for TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry
This is one of the best investments you can make as a frequent flyer. Instead of spending way too much time in lines and taking your laptop out of your bag every time you make a trip to the airport, do yourself a favor and go get TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry. You’ll be able to get to the airport later, go through security much more smoothly, save yourself hours of time each year, and ultimately feel much less stressed.
The Bottom Line
We hope that this helps give you a feel for the importance of planning out your trip, from what you wear to how you’ll get to your destination. In the coming posts, we will go over what specific articles of clothing you should consider for your travel capsule wardrobe, as well as the best ways to pack so that you’ve got everything you need without carrying too much luggage.
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