When it comes to an urban travel wardrobe, men are lucky—they can get away with a basic uniform, built around a button-down shirt, jeans or khakis, and a sweater or blazer. It’s important to pack neutral colors that can mix and match. With the following pieces, you’ll be able to go the distance.
1. Wrinkle-free fabrics do matter
A number of companies are reinventing the classic button-down in high-tech fabrics that repel stains and creases.
2. Wear your blazer
A sport jacket in a dark color works in every situation, from the airplane to dinner at the restaurant.
3. Pile on the layers
A basic pullover is a travel staple. Pair it with a collared shirt and tie for a polished nighttime look; a T-shirt works during the day. Vests are also great for layering. They’re an easy add-on and very much in style this season. Go for a lighter weight, as it will travel best.
4. Two pairs of pants will do the job
Pack khakis and black trousers, which can be laundered as you go.
5. Jeans will go the distance
Dark-washed denim travels well.
6. Put your best foot forward
Look for walking shoes or dark sneakers that are smart enough to wear out at night, but also comfortable for sightseeing.
7. Protect your clothing from spills
Ensure that your Dopp kit will actually keep liquids contained if something leaks. (If not, use Ziploc bags.) Another idea to keep your bag light: bring grooming products that multitask. Many shower gels on the market double as shampoo and face wash. And instead of shaving cream, try an oil—it eliminates the need for aftershave lotion.
8. Make sure your carry-on can be carried on
Check the airline’s website for size and weight requirements, which can vary.