Gentlemen welcome aboard Modern Man Advice flight 777 bound for excellence. If you are familiar with our content you are aware of our passion and love for traveling. We advocate for it, it is simply one of the best investments you can make for yourself. The more you travel and explore the world, the better picture you have of what means to be a modern man. What it means to be gifted in this world for us to live in and our roles as men in society. But don’t take our word for it, you have to experience it for yourself. We will go over travelling essentials and tips specifically tailored for a modern man such as yourself.
Before we take off, please turn off your phone as it may interfere with your brain. Be sure the back of your seat is in the upright and locked position, your tray table is put away, and all carry-on items are securely stowed.
There are two parts of this section:
1) The destination is not important – It really does not matter where you go, as long as you GO. Meaning, as long as you push yourself out of your bubble and comfort zone, then point B is irrelevant. We are not saying that traveling to a place you are not interested in getting to know is not important. Quite the contrary, what are your top 5 destinations you want to visit and explore? (Tell us in the comments section) It is important to explore places you feel a strong desire and curiosity for. Everyone has different interests and tastes, hence why have an array of colors and flavors. No need to agree or disagree. But the point is, don’t lose sight of why you are traveling.
2) But researching your destination is important – You have a destination in mind, you bought the flight ticket. What happens now? Well naturally wait until the departure date but also let the excitement draw a smile on your face. Let it fill your soul. Simply surrender to your emotions. In the meantime, research the destination you soon will be exploring. What type of climate is it? What’s the weather going to be like during your stay? We would even go as far as suggesting when is the best season to be at your destination.
I personally never travel unless I know it’s a season I will be photographing the crap of and feel like dancing on the street. I learned the hard way when I traveled to Thailand during the summer season and as much as it was such a deep experience, couldn’t help to think how much more I would have enjoyed it would it hadn’t been 100+ Fahrenheit.
Consider The Type And Length Of Trip
Now we are getting to the core of this article, travelling essentials. To really strategically plan your travelling essentials so you can travel with ease you need to know the type and length of your trip. If you are like most mortals with regular jobs you only have so much PTO before you find yourself in the negatives. If you are on the more fortunate spectrum of life where you can travel as much and for as long as you want then this conversation will slightly change (and congrats for it).
Having said that, what is the purpose of your trip? Perhaps, you are traveling for a destination wedding (those are super fun). Or travelling with your significant other and create memories. Or perhaps traveling solo and checking off your bucket list. The type is important as it will determine the kinds of activities you will most likely be doing during your trip. It will also determine what essentials, wear, etc are an absolute must vs commodities and preferential.
Likewise, the length of the trip. For shorter vacations, you simply want to be minimal and practical. No need to bring large luggage for a weekend trip to Miami. Or even a two-week trip to Japan. We are big advocates of simplicity and practicality. Carrying and having to worry about large-size luggage just chips energy and time out of your trip. Not to mention, you will have to check it and you might the lucky winner of lost luggage.
How To Keep It Simple And Still Look Your Best
In this sense, it is wise to plan ahead. Clothes that not only can be worn twice (or three times if you want to push it), but that also can be easily matched with other items in your carry-on are ideal. In our “The Modern Man: Traveling Solo” article we mentioned this briefly but let’s go ahead and break this down.
Traveling light means flexibility. And flexibility provides room for adventures and unexpected experiences. Being able to have a handful number of items translates into a small carry-on, preferably a backpack. You can literally walk from beach to beach, mountain to mountain, or neighborhood to neighborhood and not worry about dragging a suitcase around. But this does not mean you have to look like a homeless person. This might actually prevent you from locals or other travelers approaching you and making connections. You can still look good and feel good with only a handful number of clothing items.
A quick tip: Start from the bottom aka shoes. Plan your outfits based on the two pairs of shoes you will be wearing for your trip.
Travelling Essentials Tailored For Men
What do we suggest?
We recommend only taking 2 items of each clothing piece, except underwear and socks. Two pairs of pants, and DO have a pair of jeans be one of those two items. Jeans are extremely versatile and durable. Plus let’s be honest who has ever looked bad in a pair of jeans, right? As far as shirts, you are safe with two but a third one doesn’t hurt. Especially if there won’t be a laundry facility nearby where you’ll stay. Most times there is one and for more rural parts, well they wash their clothes somehow, right?
In the northern part of Thailand, I was able to find a lovely 50-year old lady that was happy to do a wash for you for a few bahts. Or even better, you have two hands (hopefully) and they can also wash.
Shoes – they are important. And comfort does not necessarily mean unappealing, especially nowadays where you can find a pair of great-looking shoes with plenty of support.
Our recommendation: The Adidas Ultraboost
The other pair can be more dressy, but again it depends on the type of trip so judge accordingly.
Hygiene Is a Different Conversation
As far as underwear, well please do not be stingy. Hygiene is very important and we typically recommend using a fresh pair for every single day you are out. Do not reuse.
Our recommendation: Saxx Underwear w/ BallPark Pouch (The keyword here is BallPark Pouch, they keep your cojones feeling fresh, comfortable, and in heaven. Your cojones will thank you)
Finally, do we really need to talk about deodorant, toothpaste/toothbrush, etc? You got this part.
A quick tip: Don’t be shy to be modern and powder your balls. The feeling is amazing, the ladies will thank you. Get Chassis, it’s a game-changer in men’s personal hygiene.
Accessories Are Important
We believe in accessorizing. It can step up your look and accentuate different parts of your body like you hang (rings).
Do NOT forget a nice pair of sunglasses. Not only it protects your eyes but I mean come on, do we really need to justify this one?
Our recommendation: William Painter – The Hook Titanium Polarized ‘Classic’ Sunglasses or any of the other styles that suit your face type. Simply read the review. Period.
Let’s Wrap It Up, Literally
Now you have your travelling essentials. Let’s pack. The best method of packing is not folding. The best method is rolling your clothes. This saves so much space. Here is a video of how to roll up by Go Experimental. Once you learn this technique you’ll be ready to start rolling Cuban cigars. You’re welcome.
Quick tip #2: Don’t forget a portable charger for your phone. After all, it is almost an extension of your body these days. Try this product, let us know what you think.
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You have your travelling essentials. You are now traveling like a pro.