How Jody Victor Packs a Carry-on Bag

From khakis and pullovers to aftershave and vests, here are some tips for men to get maximum efficiency out of a carry-on bag…

When it comes to an urban travel wardrobe, men are lucky – they can get away with a basic uniform, built around a button-down shirt, jeans or khakis, and a sweater or blazer. Follow these suggestions for easier packing and less travel stress.

  1. Wrinkle-free fabrics do matter – A number of companies are reinventing the classic button-down in high-tech fabrics that repel stains and creases.
  2. Wear your blazer – A sport jacket in a dark color works in every situation, from the airplane to dinner at the restaurant.
  3. Pile on the layers – A basic pullover is a travel staple. Pair it with a collared shirt and tie for a polished nighttime look; a T-shirt works during the day. Vests are also great for layering. They’re an easy add-on and very much in style this season. Go for a lighter weight, as it will travel best.
  4. Two pairs of pants will do the job – Pack khakis and black trousers, which can be laundered as you go.
  5. Jeans will go the distance – Dark-washed denim travels well.
  6. Put your best foot forward – Look for walking shoes or dark sneakers that are smart enough to wear out at night, but also comfortable for sightseeing.
  7. Protect your clothing from spills – Ensure that your Dopp kit will actually keep liquids contained if something leaks. (If not, use plastic zipper bags.) Another idea to keep your bag light : bring grooming products that multitask. Many shower gels on the market double as shampoo and face wash. And instead of shaving cream, try an oil – it eliminates the need for aftershave lotion.
  8. Make sure your carry-on can be carried on – Check the airline’s website for size and weight requirements, which can vary.

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