What To Pack For Your Next Trip
Are you holiday ready? Be the king of the carousel with MR PORTER’s destination-specific guide to travelling in style
When it comes to packing, we’ve all got baggage – who hasn’t attempted to seal a hopelessly overstuffed suitcase by throwing themselves on its lid, or reached their destination and realised they’ve only brought boat shoes when they needed brogues? These nightmare scenarios, and others like them – from crumpled suits to forgotten toothbrushes – will be consigned to the holdall of history if you follow our foolproof guide to packing for five distinct destinations. Whether you’re heading off on a business trip or backwoods trek, we’ve found the cases – and their contents – to suit your purposes.
A CITY BREAK
Unless you plan on spending the whole weekend propping up the hotel bar – and, now you mention it, we at MR PORTER have heard of less insufferable scenarios – a city weekender is sure to involve a great deal of pavement-pounding, so sturdy-yet-comfortable footwear is essential; Common Projects’ Achilles leather sneakers fit both bills and are unimpeachably stylish into the bargain, or try a pair of Nike’s Archive 83.M sneakers, which this spring come in some pleasingly subtle shades of grey and navy. As for above-the-ankle essentials, the packing watchwords for your breezy Eastpak wheelie should be “light” and “versatile” – two epithets that are often applied to the wares of performance-inspired brand Arc’teryx Veilance, whose Nemis bomber jacket can be thrown on over your Maison Margiela tee or Dries Van Noten shirt when you’re heading to the small-plate farm-to-table dinner joint you’ve selected from your Wallpaper* City Guide. Lastly, avoid that enervating trip to Boots at the airport terminal by stashing a stylish travel set from Malin + Goetz in advance.
Don’t forget: your toothbrush. Because you always do. Avoid the in-flight messiness with a bristle-less silicone model from Foreo.
A BUSINESS TRIP
When travelling for business, it’s crucial that you look the part. You may not be entirely crease resistant – especially if you’re red-eyeing it – but your suit should be; fortunately, Paul Smith London’s A Suit To Travel In negotiates long-haul or long-day with fresh-from-the-rack crispness, and the navy versions are supple enough to take you from boardroom to bar-room. The rest should constitute a capsule carry-on collection for your smart Thom Browne holdall – bag drop is for wimps – including a spare shirt, not only to insure against red wine- or ramen-related spillages, but also to leaven the formality if necessary. A stretch-cotton Canali shirt, alongside Charvet’s all-business double-cuff, for instance (likewise, Gieves & Hawkes’ softer tie balances out Drake’s Gordon Gekko-worthy polka-dot). Add some impregnable accessories – a Smythson notebook and a Mont Blanc Meisterstück, to transcribe those brilliant airborne inspirations – and your power pack is ready for lift-off.
Don’t forget: your presentation. Stuffing it into this unapologetically eye-catching camouflage Valentino document holder should help you remember.
Can we achieve peak pack for an outdoor odyssey that renders the depredations of the elements elementary? Yes, we can – if we concentrate on lightweight layered pieces from trusted outdoor brands that can be stowed in/pulled from a capacious backpack – this leather and suede-trimmed number from Master-Piece, for instance. Key to packing for this sort of trip is thinking about layers that you can remove or pile on as environmental conditions dictate. A thermal tee, such as this long-sleeved charcoal version from Sunspel in a heat-retaining Viloft fibre, is the perfect base camp from which to make your sartorial ascent. Then add a fleece sweater (Patagonia’s is moisture-repellent), quilted down gilet (Snow Peak’s has a back pouch for extra storage) and pro jacket (Arc’teryx’s is shelled in a welter of performance fabrics) to see you all the way to the style summit. Finally, make sure you’ve got your extremities covered – a pair of fleece gloves and a snug beanie hat will take the hype out of hypothermia.
Don’t forget: where, exactly, you’re wandering off to. A GPS-enabled watch from Suunto will keep you coordinated.
“Full packing/Mo’ stacking/Welcome to the world of the Plastic Beach,” drawled Snoop Dogg on the Gorillaz track of the same name. Snoop must have anticipated our beach-pack edit, because there’s a lot more to stash in your Mulberry Clipper holdall than the obligatory swim shorts, towel and espadrilles (though the respective offerings from Orlebar Brown, Frescobol Carioca and Acne Studios are Riviera essentials). A suitably tropical shirt, for instance – such as the palm-print number currently on offer from Saint Laurent – will earn you kudos at any cabana. Meanwhile, statement sunglasses, from the likes of Cutler And Gross or Persol, will ensure you’re not left in the shade.
Don’t forget: sunscreen. Boiled beetroot is a look that’s never in style.
Packing for the gym should be as painstaking and systematic as packing for a trip – after all, you don’t want a kerfuffle in the duffle, especially if the latter’s as sleek as Paul Smith’s, with its hard-wearing tech-canvas and leather trim. There’s plenty of capacity here for kit essentials – sneakers, T-shirt, shorts, hoodie, tracksuit bottoms, even a rolled-up yoga mat – but the real endorphin rush is brought on by its internal zipped pocket, designed to keep smaller items – car keys, watch, Fitbit, post-workout choc bar “reward” – from breaking into the sweatpants.
Don’t forget: a moisturiser. After all that perspiration, your skin will be ready for some inspiration.
Or try these
Maison Margiela Distressed Leather Holdall
TOM FORD Suede-Trimmed Full-Grain Leather Holdall
A.P.C. Leather-Trimmed Cotton Holdall
Brunello Cucinelli Textured-Leather and Canvas Holdall
WANT LES ESSENTIELS Hartsfield Leather-Trimmed Organic Cotton-Canvas Holdall
Miansai Leather-Trimmed Coated-Canvas Holdall