Getting away for the weekend is an exciting and fun way to experience new cities or even just rediscover your own. However deciding what to pack for a weekend trip may be trickier than you expected.
After all, you don’t want to lug around a heavy suitcase full of items you don’t really need to bring. Narrowing it down to useful basics will streamline your packing process while still offering a variety of style options for your trip.
FootFitter is here to help. Keep reading to learn more about our travel fashion tips for men.
What to pack for a weekend trip – MEN
Don’t overpack and run up your airport bag costs by trying to stuff your entire closet into your suitcase. The key to packing efficiently is bringing along your basics.
A sports coat is the first item that should land in your suitcase because of its versatility.
Whether you’re out of town for business or pleasure, a good-quality sports coat will effortlessly polish your meeting or dinner look.
It’s also easy to emphasize a colored coat by pairing it with a patterned tie and neutral slacks.
However, while we may have established that a sports coat works great to dress up your style, weekend getaways are often also about relaxation.
It’s important to pack a hoodie or leather jacket that will be more comfortable while you’re exploring a new town or lounging in your hotel room.
Wearing the two casual coats together creates a put-together streetwear look.
Plain black and white t-shirts are also great basics to bring along while traveling.
The neutral colors cleanly pair with multiple looks and keep you comfortable.
In addition to being soft, cotton shirts are very durable and inexpensive, making them the perfect travel companions that won’t blow your budget.
Like a good sports coat, a white or light-colored dress shirt transfers well from business convention to dinner date.
It offers a great option to pair with slacks or dark jeans. Just don’t forget to iron it before leaving your hotel room. No one wants their look ruined by frumpy wrinkles.
A classic pair of dark wash jeans will match anything you throw on top.
The dark wash is useful because it masks imperfections, slimming the legs and better standing up to stains.
Unlike lighter jeans, your darker pair isn’t confined to a casual look. This makes them an ideal versatile basic to bring along on your weekend trip and to have in your closet in general.
It’s also not a bad idea to bring along a pair of slacks. Even if you’re not on a business trip, you never know the opportunities a new city may bring you.
Some restaurants and clubs call for a look that doesn’t involve jeans and sneakers. Weekend trips should also be about indulging a bit. Don’t worry, slacks won’t make you feel like you’re back at work when you’re sinking your teeth into a delicious five-star meal.
Naturally, stepping up your style includes your shoes. A high quality pair of brown or black leather dress shoes is a timeless element that will add value to any look in your closet.
Moreover, leather shoes make good travel items because they are good at withstanding damage. If cared for properly, leather dress shoes can last for a decade or more.
While dress shoes look great with mostly anything, they aren’t the most comfortable option when it comes to more physical activities.
If you’re planning on walking, hiking or doing other athletic activities on your trip, don’t forget to pack a comfortable pair of sneakers.
It’s best to break your sneakers in before your trip instead of bringing along your newest pair.
After all, blisters aren’t exactly the most fun thing to deal with while you’re trying to enjoy your weekend.
Just because you’re getting away from your house or apartment for the weekend, doesn’t mean you should neglect your shoe care.
Packing a shoe cream allows you to give your dress shoes a quick shine before heading out of the hotel. While you switch to sneakers for some sightseeing, shoe trees will hold your dress shoes’ proper form.
In addition, opting for the travel shoe trees helps keep your luggage light due to their plastic make-up.
However, when you do switch to sneakers to go exploring, give them a quick spray before taking off. A water and stain repellant will help protect your classic white pair from unfamiliar environmental elements.
Last but not least, bringing along bold style pieces like a professional watch adds luxury to your look.
In addition, a weekend trip is limited on time. Wearing a watch will help you stay on track to get through all the activities you want to do.
When it comes to other useful accessories to travel with, a basic brown or black belt and a signature scent are also great items to throw into your suitcase.
Now that packing is no longer painful, you can start your weekend relaxation right away.