Now that summer is upon us, a summer getaway is the next logical step. Unlike the weekend at the beach, where you’ll need little more than a swimsuit, a few days away can require a little more planning. No matter if its a family reunion, some time at the in-laws, a romantic vacation, or a business trip, you’ll want to travel light and be prepared for the inevitable. Keep it simple, keep it packable — but this is summer, after all, so have some fun too.
For under $6, you can have a performance T-shirt that fits great. It’s currently available in 16 colors, so you can feel free to indulge your inner James Dean with a classic white tee, make a 1980s punk statement with black, wear super-hero red, or try heathered shades for a more casual vibe. Uniqlo’s Dry technology suppresses odors from perspiration to keep you feeling clean all day.
A simple, classic polo does double-duty for summer weekends; some clubs and restaurants require a collared shirt and you’ll always be ready for a quick round of golf, tennis, or even brunch. Mack Weldon does it in a cotton blend that includes silver for its anti-odor properties. You didn’t hear it here, but rumor has it you can shake this baby out at the end of an evening, wear it again tomorrow, and nobody’s nose will be the wiser.
Sometimes a more conservative button-up shirt is the only way to go. Ministry of Supply’s Aero shirt has all the good looks of a classic dress shirt but incorporates flexibility, wicking, ventilation, and wrinkle resistance keeping you cool and dry. We like their sedate, elegant patterns that belie the technology hidden in the construction.
For a more wrinkle- and rip-proof look, try Goldwin’s Short-Sleeve Utility Shirt. Made from a Cordura cotton blend (the same stuff your tent is made of) that resists scrapes and abrasions, this utility shirt not only looks great anywhere from the hotel bar to the airport lounge but can even survive a few drunken vacation fails. Plus, the shirt sports a secret inner security pocket, meaning you can stash your passport and extra cash close without nearby pickpockets being any the wiser.
Birdwell has spent more than half a century perfecting the art of getting wet, earning Birdwell Beach Britches a cult following among surfers and beach rats of all stripes. The brand’s racing jacket gets in touch with your inner hot rodder and is made from their proprietary SurfNyl fabric so it’s strong, comfortable, and durable — perfect to throw on for windy conditions or a light rain.
Hot summer days and cool summer nights create a bit of a packing conundrum. You don’t want a jacket that’s too heavy, but you also don’t want something that’s not going to provide enough protection from a chilly ocean breeze at midnight. Enter Outerknown’s Adios packable jacket. Not only is it water-resistant, extremely lightweight, and can pack down into its own pocket, the jacket is also made from 100-percent recycled ripstop polyester, meaning you’ll be pulling it out of your carry-on for years to come.
Sometimes you want to look a little more polished, even on a weekend. Maybe it’s time to impress the significant other’s parents? Maybe it’s time to impress some coworkers? Either way, this jacket from North & Mark will last you long past the weekend and will certainly become a wardrobe staple if you travel for work. The jacket is stretchy and water-repellent and pairs great with white or light-washed jeans or even shorts for a night on the town.
Ever wonder when having multiple personalities might be a good thing? Descendant of Thieves Reversible Shorts will become your weekend secret weapon. One side is a simple, minimal, solid-color short, but turn them inside out for a completely different look in a print that’s festive, yet tasteful. Pack one pair of shorts and be prepared for the whole weekend.
Taylrd understands that there are different fits for different folks, and sometimes even the same folks like to mix different fits into their wardrobe. The stretch chino pant is available in Standard, Slim, or Fitted silhouettes in a range of 12 colors, so there’s a pair (or 36) that are perfect for you. The pant also features a contoured waistband for added comfort and the two-way stretch fabric makes them perfect for travel.
Saxx has built a reputation for keeping men’s … ahem … “equipment” in the right place with its trademarked Ballpark Pouch, which prevents friction and ensures support. Combine that with moisture-wicking and anti-odor qualities and you’ve got a winning pair of underwear for any time. We like their looser-fitting Loose Cannon style because they’re perfect, not only as your first layer but also for lounging around on lazy summer mornings.
When Comrad founder Andrew Ferenci sought compression socks to combat the ravages of sitting in a cramped cubicle or airline seat, he could only find geriatric-looking, nude hosiery or crazily-patterned athletic models. Comrad now offers tasteful and office-appropriate patterns with superior compression technology; smart, moisture-wicking fabrics; temperature regulation; and, yes, silver ions for their odor and antimicrobial properties. Wear them on your next flight, but also throw them on to recover from that all-day hike, bike ride, or sight-seeing excursion.
A great pair of shoes that offers flexibility for both the occasional weekend dress-up event and everyday wear is key for summer packing. We like the Florsheim Edge because it provides a happy medium. The styling is casual enough to pair with shorts or a swimsuit, but it’s sophisticated enough to wear with a blazer.
As an alternative, consider this pair from Tom’s new TRVL collection. Designed to be extra light, the shoes still feature durability and comfort, but, like all Tom’s products, you’ll be helping somebody in need with your purchase through it’s One for One program.
Once you’ve sorted out what you’ll wear, let’s pack it into a handsome bag! This Dooney & Bourke Duffle features Vachetta leather trim and fairly screams “let’s get outta town!” The low-maintenance canvas tote should easily fit most airlines’ carry-on limitations but is still large enough to carefully stow all your weekend needs. If a backpack (or fanny pack) is more your travel speed and style, check out the best travel bags.
Don’t even bother trying to shove your regular-size product into the tight quarters of a weekend bag. Get to Malin+Goetz for these right-sized toiletries that stow easily, and if you leave one of them in the inn’s bathroom, you won’t have to do without on Monday morning. M+G also offers mini-deodorant, moisturizers, and eye gel (trust us —you want this on Sunday morning). The kit is also TSA-compliant in it’s handy, clear, resealable bag.
Finally, let’s pack all those essentials (toiletries, a razor, condoms, Tecnu, Bacitracin … ) into a great-looking kit that you’ll be proud to carry. The Graf & Lantz Arno incorporates a simple, Japanese approach to design with German precision and craftsmanship.