Simple Vacation Packing List for Men
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Simple Vacation Packing List for Men

SIMPLE VACATION PACKING LIST FOR MEN

Simple Vacation Packing List for Men

Men might have a reputation for packing last minute, but it doesn’t mean that they can’t do a great job. Even with the minimum effort, they still manage to always have everything ready just in time. To help the process, here’s a packing list for the men who want the process simplified. What you’ll pack will depend on the destination and the purpose of your trip and of course the time of year you’ll be there. Here are the top items you’ll need based on the season. No matter where you go, this simple packing
list can help.

Variety of Shoes

The shoes make the man. Or maybe it’s something else, but no matter where you’re going, you’ll need a variety of shoes. You don’t need to bring the whole closet full, but a
dressy pair of shoes along with a casual pair will get you the basics. Athletic shoes are great for those who will exercise on their trip, and if you need something very formal, make sure those come too. Some additional casual shoe options include loafers or espadrilles men can wear almost anywhere. This variety will help you whether you’re going for a formal dinner or walking around town.

Casual and Formal Clothing

For the same reason you need a variety of shoes, you also need a variety of clothes. Think about the activities you’ll be doing, and choose outfits based on that. On days when you’ll be walking a lot, you want to be comfortable. Days that include a nice meal or a show would require something dressier. To avoid overpacking, pick 3 outfits beyond the number of days you’ll be gone.

Toiletries

The basics for most men are toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair products, and a brush if needed. Some men might also need beard oil, razors for shaving, and shaving cream.

Technology and Cords

Most people don’t go anywhere without their phones. This means you’ll need a charger cable with a wall plug just in case the hotel doesn’t have any USB ports. It’s helpful to bring a spare just in case you lose one or one stops functioning while you’re out of town. While men tend to keep things simple, they might need a phone, tablet, and maybe even a laptop in case they need to check on work quickly while away. Don’t forget the charger cables for all these items.

Seasonal Wear

If you’re planning a vacation for a particular season, what you pack will vary. Plan accordingly to ensure a comfortable stay. You don’t want to bring heavy jackets to the beach, or sandals for mountain climbing in the winter!

Winter

Beyond the basics, a winter vacation will require warm clothes. Think jeans, sweaters, and for those who will be spending time in the snow, snow boots, snow pants, a heavy coat, goggles, gloves, and a hat are essential. You’ll also need thick socks and shoes that can handle getting wet.

Spring

The days can be warmer in the spring, but sometimes the nights are still cold. Vacationing in spring could bring you almost any temperature. Last-minute snow could cool everything off, or you could end up with hot summery days. When you’re packing for spring, think of things that will keep you dry. A raincoat, rain boots, and even an umbrella could be essential.

Summer

Summer vacations are all about the water. You’ll need swim trunks for sure, and if you have a beach towel you love, bring that too. Add some sandals and shorts to your suitcase and you have the makings for a restful and amazing trip away. Don’t forget the sunscreen and your camera or camera phone. You’ll want to capture all the fun you have.

Fall

Cooler temperatures and beautiful fall foliage in some parts of the country make this a great season for vacationing. The most important thing to consider is that you’ll probably need layers. Fall temperatures can be cooler, especially in the evening. Bring a light jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt that you can bring wherever you go in case the temperature drops.

Here’s a quick checklist to help you as you pack up to go on a great vacation:

  • Spare outfits for 2-3 days beyond the length of your trip, including: extra shoes, socks, and underwear
  • A toiletries bag with your dental, hair, beard, and other grooming products
  • Any electronics you can’t leave behind, like your laptop, tablet, and smartphone (remember to bring the charging cables!)

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