The savvy gentleman’s weekend trip guide

There are two kinds of travelers: those who like to pack, and those who don’t.

If you’re in the latter group, you’ve probably just thrown some stuff into your bag and hoped for the best. But you’ve probably also had at least one really inconvenient thing happen because of that. Maybe you left your passport behind. Or maybe you unknowingly missed an opportunity — say, because you didn’t have the right clothes, you didn’t head to that trendy bar or buzzed-about restaurant.

If these scenarios sound familiar, I may be able to help — first, with a checklist inspired by my own weekend jaunts, and secondly with the perfect bag.

Men’s weekend trip checklist

THE BASICS

- Underwear (1 pair per day)

- Socks (1 pair per day — not counting gym socks)

- Something to sleep in (Pajamas or just an extra pair of boxers and a t-shirt — it’s up to you.)

Pro tip: Always make sure these things fit right, look (and are) clean, and are in excellent condition — no rips, tatters, or stains. You never know who you might run into and where that might lead.

- Jeans

Pro tip: Since you’re not packing a lot, choose a pair that works for sightseeing as well as going to an upscale bar or restaurant. This means they should be as fitted as possible, and ideally, dark blue.

- T-shirt (at least one, depending on the weather.)

Pro tip: Opting for a solid or patterned look makes your tee more versatile.

- Belt(s)

- Sweater or hoodie

- Blazer

Pro tip: Throw this on with your t-shirt and jeans for a casual but stylish and cool nighttime look.

- Shoes

Pro tip: These should be comfortable enough to walk around in, but also able to be dressed up for a night out. My favorites for this are Chelsea boots. They’re sleek, keep your feet protected from bad weather and questionable puddles, and go with everything. If you’re headed somewhere warm, a nice pair of sandals could be a good substitute. Look around for a pair that’s both classy-looking, and comfortable. Ideally, this means they’re leather (Or look like it), a sober color, and are slip-ons, not tongs or athletic-looking strappy deals. If you’re going to be on the beach all day and want those tongs, then go for it and bring a loafer or espadrille for heading out at night.

Pro tip 2: Unless you want to risk getting your clothes dirty or stained, always, always, always keep your shoes separate from the rest of your stuff. Even a simple plastic shopping bag will do.

- A bag for dirty laundry.

DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT THEM

Documents

-Tickets

-Passport

- Visa and/or other entry papers

- Event tickets or confirmations

- Drivers license

- Work documents (presentation, ID badge, business cards, contracts, brochures/catalogues…)

Pro tip: Email yourself a scanned copy of your passport and other important documents so that you’ll have the necessary info in case you lose them.

-Important numbers/addresses

Pro tip: Keep a paper copy of this list, as well, in case your phone gets stolen, broken, runs out of power, etc.

Currency

- Cash

- Credit card

- Coupons, vouchers, etc.

Medication

- Prescription medications (pills, inhalers, etc.)

- Written prescriptions

- Glasses/glasses case

- Contact lenses, solution, holder

- Written vaccination/medical history

- Paracetamol (acetaminophen) or other non-prescription painkiller

- Anti-indigestion medicine

- Anti-diarrhea medicine

- Destination-specific medication (malaria pills, motion sickness treatment, etc.)

- Condoms

- A few adhesive bandages

TOILETRIES

Remember, these should be in travel-sized bottles.

Pro tip: Keep these in a toiletry bag so they don’t leak on your other stuff and so that they’re easy to find.

- Toothbrush

- Toothpaste

- Dental floss

- Gum or mints

- Shaving cream

- Razor

Pro tip: You may want to look into investing in a travel shaving kit, which comes in a small zipped bag and contains everything for your shaving needs. Shop around to find the right one for you.

- Small tweezers, nail clippers, and scissors

Pro tip: For these last three items, always check airline/airport carry-on rules.

- Aftershave

- Hairbrush or comb

- A few travel-sized tissue packs

- Shampoo

- Conditioner

- Your hair and beard product(s) of choice

- Q-tips

- Deodorant

-Sunscreen

- Cologne

Pro tip: If you’re a cologne guy, remember to use it sparingly.

SUITED UP

If your weekend trip requires professional attire, be sure to pack:

- Dress shirt(s) (1 per formal dress day)

- suit (trousers and jacket)

Pro tip: It’s best to take your suit in a garment bag, but if you can’t do that, don’t worry — there are lots of different strategies for packing a suit. Check out some online video tutorials to choose the one you like best. Whichever option you go with, it’s probably not going to completely prevent wrinkles. When you arrive at your destination, see if there’s an iron available. Set it to “steam” (or sprinkle a little water on the suit and shirt) and get to work! If this isn’t an option, hang the suit and shirt neatly on hangers and bring them into the bathroom. Take a hot shower that make the room steamy, and smooth out the creases.

- Tie (or bowtie, if that’s your style)

- Belt

Pro tip: Roll these into coils so they’re easy to find, compact, and won’t get creased (in the case of the tie). It’s best to put them into separate baggies, as well.

- Dress socks

- Optional: Pocket square, lapel flower, cufflinks, tie pin

Pro tip: I’m a little biased, but seriously, one or two of these accessories can give a lot of personality to your suit and help you make an unforgettable impression. Just make sure to pack them in a separate box or baggie and keep your pocket square neatly folded (the way it was when you bought it), to avoid wrinkles.

WORK-OUT GEAR

If you want to keep up your exercise routine when you’re away from your daily routine, don’t forget:

- Gym shoes

- Gym clothes (1 set for every day)

- Gym socks (1 set for every workout session)

- Small drawstring bag to carry your stuff in (a large plastic grocery bag works if you’re in a bind).

GADGETS

Pro tip: To cut down on all the things you’re bringing, consider a solar travel charger.

-Watch

- Phone and charger

- Headphones

- Tablet and charger

- E-reader (and charger) or book/magazine(s)

- Camera, charger, SD card

- Laptop and cord

- Fitness tracker

-Adapters/converters (if you’re headed abroad)

Pro tip: Check the voltage before you leave. Many devices, like laptops, often only need a plug head adapter. Using a converter with these might even damage them.

Also….

- Sunglasses

- Swim trunks and t-shirt, beach shoes

- Hat, gloves, scarf

- Keys (You’ve got to get back inside your house when you return, right?)

- Pen and paper

Now that you know what you need, what bag should you use? Personally, I’d suggest our Meqnes weekender.

Meqnes Sahara Brown (Meqnes.com)

It’s compact enough to take anywhere, but has plenty of space inside. We’ve also paid attention to smaller details, like a quality zipper and soft leather handles that go easy on your palms. If you need to be hands-free, there’s also a detachable leather shoulder strap, so you can travel how you need to — and always look great.

Because that’s part of the mission of the Meqnes weekender, too.

Travel should be easy, but why not look amazing when you’re on the go? A sophisticated bag makes you feel that much more confident, and cuts down on stress at least a little. Plus, it can lead to some amazing conversations and opportunities. Dressing and accessorizing with style has led to everything from business deals, to dates, for me. I highly recommend it.

To help you look your best, the Meqnes bag is available in two colors, bullet black and Sahara brown. It’s made of Moroccan leather, famous for its quality. Moisturize your bag from time to time, and it could last a lifetime, developing a fine patina from the way you hold it. It’ll be a testament to your travels, which are sure to be something special with this bag by your side.

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