Traveling has become far more commonplace to me than I ever thought it would be. I used to just spend my days at home tinkering on small projects or working outside in my field. Not much is needed as far as preparation in that sort of lifestyle. It's all right there.
However, I've learned over the last few years and 100,000 miles that less truly is more. It's almost like an art. Well…at the very least…it's a skill catering to your trip, activities and needs.
I've come to learn that these 5 tips get me in and out of my journeys much more efficiently.
- Know thy trip. The fastest way to get off on the right foot is to know the basic contents of your trip. This means you should consider things like the environment and people you'll be around. Indoor business has very different needs compared to outdoor adventure.
- It's in the bag. Once you know the type of trip on your horizon, you can quickly decide what bag is best. Suits require hard bags, but most other trips can be accomplished with the ever-so-manly “go bag.” I use a 72 hour tactical pack to tote the essentials. This means less to carry, and you can easily stow what you need while in transit.
- Pack spares, but not that many. This is pretty self-explanatory, I guess, but actually not an easy skill to develop. It's hard to feel prepared without packing half the dresser. All I can say is, “get used to it!” I wear the most versatile outfit on the way to where I'm going and save the special stuff for when I'm there and need to look sharp. If I'm enjoying some downtime, I switch back to the utility outfit. When we're staying at hotels, Chelsea and I specifically pick spots with laundry machines so we can do a quick load mid-trip as needed to help minimize over-packing.
- Don't forget the toilet..tries. Point number two helps when you have a bag with designated spaces for shaving cream, deodorant, etc. You can easily check what you did and did not pack before leaving. Toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant are the lifesavers of almost any trip in the civilized world. What should be noted here is your selection should be tailored to traveling conditions, which is different than stuff sitting on a shelf to be used at your leisure in your home. When choosing your deodorant, pop tops can sometimes become a mess as extreme heat or violence to your bag causes a smeared (albeit good-smelling) spill. We're working with Dove, and their Men+Care Dry Spray is definitely a plus in the travel world. It packs the “less is more” punch with 48 hours of antiperspirant protection in a 3.8 oz can that won't spill or smear in your bag. It's the details.
- Extra socks and under ‘whateveryouwear'. This should be common sense as men. I can wear the same pair of jeans for a week so long as I have extra unders and socks. I mean, that's where the most ‘climate' change is going to occur and you want as many clean sets as you can.
If you have a small bag and a long trip (tough combination for most), Dove Men+Care Dry Spray can really come in handy. You can actually keep your ‘step 5' in rotation a bit longer with an ever-so-perfect amount of spray. Now that's manly ingenuity. Get it done. Also, Dove‘s Dry Spray means you don't have to cake on the stick. Keep it light and simple with the spray bottle, again allowing you to make less into more.
Follow these steps and you'll find that adventure becomes less about the stress of preparedness, and more about the doing…as it should be.
What are your best manly travel tips?