Winter Travel Essentials
For some of us the holiday season winds up containing a significant amount of travel. Whether it be traveling to meet with friends and family over Christmas and New Year’s or traveling to escape the day-to-day routine. Depending on where you’re jet setting off to in the coming weeks, we’ve developed a brief winter travel essentials guide. These are some key pieces we feel every man would need for a winter vacation.
A Blazer or Sportscoat
The most versatile jacket you can pack and bring with you on vacation has to be either of the blazer or sportscoat. You’ll be able to wear either on the flight to your destination and be able to dress it up or down while on vacation. Plus, as an added bonus, it’s the perfect piece to be layering things under. We would highly recommend a blazer or sportscoat that is unconstructed (soft shoulders) as it’s more casual but still looks refined at the same time. The Ludlow Unlined Sportscoat from J Crew is a great option as it’s lightweight and made from a soft and comfortable Japanese cotton.
A Versatile Shirt
Packing for travels is always about taking the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe, particularly things you can wear during the day but can also transition easily into dressier options at night. The Outlier Blazed Tack Pivot oxford button up is a great option that checks each box nicely. The company is known for taking simple classic silhouettes and remixing them with high end performance fabrics and the slim fitting, button up shirt which utilizes a very breathable, sweat proof fabric is no exception. The shirt can be worn for exploring and adventures during the day but remains more than classy enough for a formal dinner at night.
Since you’re on vacation, you’ll probably be doing more walking than you’re normally used to. A pair of quality, comfortable shoes is essential for exploring your holiday destination. Cole Haan’s Lunagrand long wingtip take the best of both worlds and offer the perfect balance between a sneaker and dress shoe. The shoe features a wing tip silhouette paired with a very comfortable and slightly unexpected Nike Lunarlon sole. The result of Cole Haan’s inspired pairing is that you’ll be able to wear these wingtips throughout your vacation without having to sacrifice, comfort or style.
A Duffle Bag
Whether you’re on a short weekend trip or taking an extended break, a duffle bag is always a good idea to have by your side or over your shoulder. The Ernest Alexander Overnight duffle bag is one of the best duffles on the market today. It features a durable leather handle, an adjustable leather strap with padding, water repellant outer fabric and to top things off the bag is made to fit standard carry on size limits so you won’t need to wait for ages at the airport turnstile with everyone who didn’t read our guide.
A Dopp Kit
One underestimated and highly functional piece of luggage that often gets overlooked is a quality dopp kit. A dopp kit is essentially a small bag that can hold all of your toiletries when you travel; they save space in your actual luggage and keep you highly organized. When it comes to choosing one that’s reliable, functional and attractive you can’t go wrong with the Ernest Alexander Tucker Orange Shave Kit. The kit features a wax cotton canvas, English bridle leather finishes and a waterproof nylon interior lining.
The Grooming Essentials
Let’s be honest, the hotel shampoo and soap offered at most hotels don’t really cut it when it comes to quality and usability. Aesop, the Australian based company, makes a great unisex travel kit that easily trumps any generic hotel bar soap and shampoo. The Aesop Jet Set kit features the classic Aesop Shampoo, Conditioner, body cleanser and body balm in a travel friendly carry on size.