There’s something special about traveling. It doesn’t matter if you are heading to New York for business or Paris for pleasure, nothing refines a man better than experiencing another culture.
Take Italy for example. When you’re sitting in a quiet cafe’ in Piazzi San Marco you can’t help but feel sophisticated. (Tip: avoid the first few cafe’s and wander farther into Venice. They rob you blind with the $5 espresso shots.) All the regular tourists are busy fumbling with their cameras, but not you. You are enjoying life.
Make sure you are ready for the occasion. Nothing worse than looking like a ‘sloppy’ American. Trust me you’ll stand out like a sore thumb.
Here’s 10 tips to keep you looking your best the next time you hit the skies…
Tip #1: Dress Sharp on Purpose
Bottom line, dress to impress you’ll never who will be watching. The advantage will always be on your side when traveling as a well-dressed man, this will help in the times when you need them to hold the gate. Plus, if you’re traveling alone it’ll be easier to strike up a conversation if you look successful.
Tip #2: Wear a Good Watch
Put on a choice watch. A watch is basic in each man’s armoire — more so of a traveling man who is quite aware of the burden he encounters by not having a multi-functional with a multi-time zone watch.
You can always do the things comfortably move around with ease by having a multi-functional watch. The watch may not be expensive, perhaps within the hundred dollar range. But if one could afford expensive ones it would be quite better.
Tip #3: Less Is Warm
Plan ahead and dress in layers. Leave the thick parka at home and go for a nice vest. A dash of wild color will put some excitement to a drab outfit.
Tip #4: Create the Ultimate Carry-On
On those quick weekend flights from France to Italy or a wild night in Amsterdam, you’ll want to stick to the overhead bag requirements. Pack your wardrobe and necessities in a travel bag that will not pose a burden in your travel (I’d consider something with wheels, or heavy straps). One that will hold about 14 lbs. Remember only pack what you’ll need for a day or two.
Tip #5: Airport Etiquette
Airlines do have properties and rules particularly while traveling several thousand feet above. Follow these rules and take pleasure in your travel.
1. Whoever got to the arm rest first gets it. With the exception of elders, kids, and women (if you ever expect to drum up conversation).
2. If the screaming kid next to you won’t shut up politely ask the parents to silence him (or just wear the earplugs below).
3. If you drink keep it to one cocktail.
4. Store your carry on with the handle towards the aisle. This will save you headache when de-boarding.
Tip #6: Wear Good-fitting Shoes
Pay close attention to your feet as it is of foremost need. Put on a pair of easy-to-wear and comfortable shoes as it is quite difficult traveling with sore feet. I also recommend keeping a pair of socks in your carryon bag for those long overseas flights.
Tip #7: Build a Dopp Kit
Always look vivid and refreshed to the eyes of everyone. Keep in handy a toilet bag with a complete set of toiletries inside it.
Tip #8: Pack a pair of Jeans and/or Chinos
Keep a few days open for going stylish and casual. Chinos or jeans are perfect, plus they keep your legs warm. Hint: leave the athletic suits and outfits at home they’re a big no-no.
Tip #9: Stow Away a Jacket/Blazer
When traveling with a business agenda or smarter schedule, a blazer is a must-wear. The short haul essential raises the sartorial bar and saves the jacket from the perils of a suitcase. The extra layer is great for the chill of the aircraft cabin and the pockets come in incredibly handy for storing wallets, passports, tickets, phones etc.
Tip #10: Bring A Button Down
A voguish button-down or a dress shirt is more preferable than t-shirts. It gets similar space with t-shirts however button-downs are more fashionable and you can wear them in country sides or on ordinary city walks with shorts, long pants and sneakers-whatever. Just be sure the shirts you take are made of thin fabric.
My advice is to take along more than one shirt and some that are wildly colored and some with stylish designs.