Gear up with these essential travel items every man needs to pack for their next holiday getaway.
25 Travel Items Ever Man Needs for Their Holiday Getaway
1. Travel Backpack
Before you even consider the travel items to bring with you on your next holiday getaway, you’ll first need a backpack. When choosing a travel backpack, it’s best to go with a durable, waterproof one that can withstand different weather conditions. After all, this isn’t the only time you’ll need a backpack. So it’s more practical to choose a strong, durable bag rather than a stylish yet flimsy one. Buy a bag you know will last for years to come.
Whether you’re going on a cross-country road trip or an out-of-the-country getaway, you’re definitely going to need cash. Make sure to bring a stylish, functional wallet that can hold your cash, coins, IDs, and credit cards.
Tip: Never forget to bring your IDs and credit cards. They’ll come in handy if you accidentally run out of cash in an unfamiliar place.
Having a clean set of underwear to change into is non-negotiable. They’re travel essentials men literally can’t afford to leave home without – especially if you’re going on a trip that’ll last several days.
Tip: If you accidentally run out of underwear, don’t fret! Plenty of convenience stores sell affordable underwear.
It’s bound to get cold wherever you’re headed to this holiday season (even tropical countries are prone to unexpected cold snaps —thanks, climate change). So when making a list of travel must-haves, don’t forget to include your jacket. It’s a travel essential for men who plan to go on a trip during these cold winter months.
How many times have you run out of fresh socks to wear during a trip? Many men forget to pack extra socks while traveling. To avoid unnecessarily spending money on socks while you’re on the road, make sure to pack enough for your trip. If you’re going on a five-day outing, it’s best to bring at least five pairs with you.
Most men hate carrying umbrellas with them. It’s inconvenient to carry around and it takes up a lot of luggage space. But if you don’t want to end up soaking wet in a place you’re unfamiliar with, it’s best to have your trusty umbrella with you. Pick a small, lightweight one that folds well and doesn’t take up too much space in your travel bag.
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Let’s face it: running out of cellphone battery is basically a handicap. In this digital age, it’s very hard to go anywhere without your handheld device to guide you. Having a powerbank on hand allows you to recharge your cellular device whenever you need to.
8. Sleeping Clothes
Your stylish outdoor clothes might be uncomfortable to sleep in. Before heading out, make sure to pack a few nights’ worth of pajamas. Or, you know, just strip down into your boxers and make sure you have enough tank tops to sleep in.
9. Cargo Pants
Cargo pants are one of the best travel items any man could bring with them. It’s a versatile garment you can wear while shopping at the mall or camping in the mountains. Make sure to bring at least one heavy-duty pair with you this coming holiday season.
10. Shaving Tools
Don’t forget to pack your razor and shaving cream before traveling. These are travel items no man should ever leave behind. Wherever you’re going, it’s important to maintain a clean, neat look.
11. Liquor Hip Flask
We love spending time with family, but traveling with them can sometimes warrant a stiff drink. Luckily, you can opt to down a few shots if you have your trusty hip flask with you. Use it to carry a few ounces of your favorite whiskey around with you.
Tip: Don’t bring your flask if you’re riding public transportation vehicles that prohibit alcoholic drinks. Also, no matter how stressful it gets, don’t drink if you’re the designated driver.
When choosing which pair of sunglasses to bring, pick the pair that goes well with anything. As much as we want variation in our outfits, it isn’t practical to lug around multiple pairs of sunglasses. Plus, one of them might get broken in your backpack. Just choose a simple, sleek pair that’s very easy to match.
13. Dress Pants
Dress pants are stylish travel items perfect for various events. They’re a great substitute to your cargo pants if you’re going somewhere a bit fancy. Choose a decent fabric that won’t wrinkle easily. You won’t really want to bother with ironing while on holiday.
14. Toothbrush and Toothpaste
It goes without saying that these travel items are non-negotiable. Unless you want to spend your trip with bad breath, don’t forget to bring your toothbrush and toothpaste with you.
15. Dress Shirt
Pack multiple dress shirts with you this coming holiday season. They’re stylish tops you can never go wrong with. Whether you’re in the club, at a restaurant, or at a festival, dress shirts can be your go-to outfit.
16. Crew Neck Shirts
Not every event calls for a dress shirt. For days where you want to let loose, it’s great to have a few crew neck shirts to choose from. Plus, if you have trouble with sweating, you can wear them under your dress shirt to mask the sweat.
17. Dress Shoes
No list of travel items is complete without at least one pair of dress shoes. Since dress shoes take up a lot of space, you only need to bring one pair. Make sure to choose a pair that’s easy to match with the garments you’re packing.
18. Casual Running Shoes
Running shoes are the perfect footwear for almost any event. Whether it’s for dinner, day tours, or nights out, you can wear your running shoes without looking like an idiot. One pair will suffice. But if you want to have a little variation in your dressing options, you can opt to bring an extra pair with you.
Who would forget to bring their jeans? These are essential travel items you can wear to different events. Plus, they’re very easy to style. If you’re going for a rugged, manly look, you can opt to wear them with a pair of boots. On the other hand, you can pair them with your running shoes for a more casual, relaxed vibe. Plus, they hide dirt pretty well and you can wear them on multiple days without washing —but you knew that already.
20. Sandals and Flip Flops
These travel items are a must for anyone who plans to go to the beach this coming holiday season. Dress and rubber shoes are nice, but they don’t give you the relaxed feeling open-toed footwear offers.
Tip: If you don’t want to go barefoot in your hotel, make sure to bring at least a pair of flip flops on your trip.
Even if you’re not going to the beach, it’s ideal to pack a swimsuit. There might be a pool near your lodging place. It would be a real shame to miss out on that just because you forgot to pack a swimsuit with you.
22. Baseball Cap
Caps are great headpieces to shield you from the harmful rays of the sun. They’ll keep you from getting a sunburn while you’re traveling.
In this digital age, watches are still very essential. If your phone dies on you, your trusty watch will tell you what the time is. Plus, there’s something off about leaving home without a wristwatch on. It makes you feel naked, doesn’t it?
Important: Make sure to synchronize your watch according to your destination’s time zone.
24. Medical Kit
When it comes to traveling, safety always comes first – even before style. Before heading out, make sure to consult your physician about the medication you should bring. If you’re taking any prescription drugs or maintenance pills, make sure to bring them along with you.
Tip: To make things easier, place all your medicine in a small pouch bag you can easily access in case of an emergency. Make sure to do the same with your companions’ medications.
25. Luggage Tag
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Following a complete travel packing list is useless if you lose your luggage at the airport or bus station. Before heading out, make sure to buy a few luggage tags for you and your companions to use. That way, you won’t have to worry about grabbing the wrong bags.
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These are just some of the travel items men need to bring with them while traveling this coming holiday season. Make sure to do some research on your destination beforehand. This’ll help you create a more area-specific list of travel items. However, if you do forget an item or two, don’t worry! The last thing you want is to panic on a holiday trip where you’re supposed to be having fun with your loved ones.
What other travel items should a man bring on a holiday trip? Share your thoughts with us in the comments down below!