A Gentleman’s Guide to Summer Vacation Packing

* In cooperation with Peter Minkoff


Yes, we know that coming up with your impeccable summer outfits and packing your bags for a fabulous summer vacation can be a quite challenging task, especially because of checked baggage policies and weight limits that often don’t allow us to bring everything we want, but trust us when we say that you can pack your bags like a true pro this summer! Just make sure to keep on reading, because we have four useful tips on how to make that happen with success. Check them out and enjoy!




Let the basics be an essential part of your summer vacation outfits

When it comes to packing for your upcoming summer vacation, we simply have to say that you can never go wrong with wardrobe staples like black and white T-shirts, a pair of trendy denim shorts, a cool linen shirt in your favorite neutral color, a pair of khaki pants, and a perfectly tailored blazer for every occasion. These pieces will never go out of style, and every fashion-forward man simply has to have them in his suitcase whenever on the go. Apart from being extremely stylish, these are quite versatile as well, which means that you can match them with anything that comes to your mind – even with each other! So, put these basics in your suitcase first, and then decide on the rest of your flawless summer outfits.

On the other hand, you’ll also have to bring some statement garments, too, as these have the power to spice up even the most ordinary combo and help you stand out from the crowd. For example, you can always pick a patterned swim trunk or cool printed shorts you’ll wear by the pool. Truth be told, prints were designed to draw attention, so make sure not to skip these this summer. As for the prints, some experts recommend awesome water-activated graphic ones, which means that these show only when in contact with water. Besides these, a Hawaiian shirt is also a huge must, even though a lot of people consider it a bit old-fashioned. The truth is that they’re making a huge comeback this year, so pick one that features some unusual prints and nail your summer combos like a true fashionista!


Comfortable footware is an absolutely must !

Speaking of summer clothing combos, we mustn’t forget to mention footwear, which, truth be told, really plays a huge role in any fashion-forward man’s outfit. However, you should remember that the trendiest pair of shoes often isn’t the most comfortable one, which is why you need to pay extra attention to your footwear. This basically means that you should put your comfort first and opt for a cool pair of New Balance sneakers that are extremely comfy yet so stylish at the same time. These will make your life much easier, both when it comes to a relaxing walk by the sea and taking a long sightseeing tour, without pinching your feet and causing painful blisters. Such sneakers are a perfect fusion of style and comfort, so make sure to check them out and give them a try as soon as possible because it can’t get any better than that!


Accessories are another important part of your vacation outfits, and you should definitely think thoroughly and make a wise choice when it comes to this matter. We can all agree that a charming silk scarf mustn’t be skipped simply because it can transform any ordinary combo into an elegant and sophisticated one. So, if wearing a plain white button-down combined with a pair of dark gray trousers seems too simple for your taste, just take your printed silk scarf, tie it around your neck, and voila – your upgraded yet so classy combo is all done. Another summer essential is a leather bracelet which inevitably brings a romantic beach vibe to any possible outfit, so don’t forget to put it in your suitcase if you’re up for that kind of an outfit.


Each of these four previously mentioned things is absolutely essential when it comes to any fashion-forward man’s outfits, so make sure to bear them in mind when packing for your upcoming spring vacation. Apart from the inevitable basics, a few statement pieces that draw attention, and cool accessories, you should also get a pair of comfy yet stylish shoes appropriate for a wide range of occasions. Once that’s done, just zip your bags and enjoy your perfect vacation at its finest!

Peter is a men’s lifestyle editor at Men-Ual magazine from Antwerp. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

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