Man at His Best

The Esquire Guide To Staying Smart As You Travel

The essential hacks and tips for staying sharp on the move​.

BY Finlay Renwick | Oct 9, 2016 | Travel

When it comes to travelling in style, the biggest obstacle a man faces is how to navigate the choppy waters of dressing well while still keeping things comfortable.

But, there are ways to do it, which is why we've devised the essential tips, tricks and know-how, to help you move from the airport, to the hotel to the boardroom and beyond with fashionable ease. 

Pack light

It might sound obvious, but unless you're heading away for two weeks or more, there's no reason why you can't fit your life in a carry-on holdall (choose dark, nylon with leather accents). Skipping straight through the airport with your luggage ready to go is one of the more underrated 'Power Moves' of stylish travel. 

Go collarless

As well as being perfect for warm weather where a traditional shirt can have you buttoned up like a turkey, a collarless shirt has the added benefit of being as versatile with a suit in a meeting, as it is worn out to dinner in the evening, paired with dark jeans or chinos.

Choose the right blazer

The most important element in a stream-lined travel wardrobe is a navy blazer that can handle the rigours of planes, cars and airports.

 GANT's Diamond G travel blazer is made out of 100 percent Italian wool (a more breathable fabric than its credited to be) and comes with essential modern updates like a ticket pocket, as well as a microfibre cloth in the inner pocket to help keep phones and glasses clean.

Streamline your grooming regime

Do you want to know what's not very stylish? Cramming half of your baggage with usual daily medicine cabinet of tonics, creams and potions, which is why you need to streamline. As you're traveling light, cut your wash bag down to a quality face moisturiser (with spf) bodywash, deodorant and your signature scent. And hair product if that's you're kind of thing.

Pick three colours

If you're in a spin about what clothes to pack, a useful technique can be to restrict your choice to just three utilitarian colours.

We suggest white, navy and black for stylish monochrome simplicity, but of course you can add and drop as you please. The key is to not spend too much time dwelling on it.

Choose Breathable Fabrics

Materials like linen and light wool really come into their own when used for travel. The last thing you want are dense, cumbersome fabrics causing you misery as you try to glide through the departures lounge, so be sure to pick fabrics that don't need constant ironing and are breathable when the temperature rises.

Tailored joggers aren't just for Sundays

With jeans or suit trousers being nothing but a pain and shorts or regular gym kit just looking sloppy when worn to the airport, it's time turn to one of 2016's biggest trends: tailored joggers.

Choose a dark pair in either premium cotton or wool, and match with a plain white t-shirt, navy blazer and crisp white trainers for a slick, low-maintenance travel outfit.

Don't wear sunglasses inside the airport

No matter how bad your jet lag is (or how strong those gin and tonics in the hotel bar were) never be tempted to don your shades inside. Leave that to the posers, wannabes and people who haven't read this list... the heathens. 


From: Esquire UK