Being stuck in our homes for two consecutive years has brought an immense hunger for travel and new experiences. Now that the world is slowly getting back on its feet economically, many countries are now open again to tourists. On top of that, the prices of airfares, hotel accommodations, and tour packages have become more affordable to entice the market even more.
It would be such a rewarding and breathtaking feeling to travel to a different country this time. Whether it is your first time or not, the experience is comparable to being a first-time traveller again. It is the perfect excuse to plan and prepare extravagant things for your out-of-the-country getaway–since you want your first travel from the pandemic to be memorable.
One way to make your travel fun is by visiting popular and hidden sites in an area. It would be even better if you could interact with their locals to immerse yourself in their culture. But aside from that, you can also travel better by bringing accessories to make your photoshoots and travel fun.
For most men, packing light is a priority than dressing aesthetically for travels. But since this will be your first out-of-the-country getaway after a two-year house arrest, wouldn’t you want to have exciting photos to look back on? To help you pack some enjoyable men’s accessories that might come in handy on your getaway, here’s a list of things you might want to bring to your next travel.
1 – A necktie
If you and your travel partners have an adventurous personality, bringing a necktie in your travel might just come in handy. There are many possible scenarios where you might need a necktie, considering you’re looking into trying new experiences.
First, a tie could complete your overall look–if you’re planning to dress for the part of a classical or medieval attraction you’re visiting. Or maybe, you suddenly make a new friend and will get invited to a wedding. That’s why keeping a grey wedding tie in your luggage might be a great idea considering these two movie-like scenarios could happen.
But all jokes aside, consider packing an extra tie with you. You might find it valuable in your photoshoots, meetings, and visits to a foreign land you’re visiting for the first time.
2 – Shaving/grooming kit
Since we’re already at it, why don’t we go full-gear on preparing to look like the best gent formally or informally? If you’re only travelling for three to five days, you might think of ditching your shaver in your luggage. If you’re one of the men who would likely prefer to pack and travel lightly than bring extra accessories you might need, here’s your sign to go for the latter.
A shaving/grooming kit should be one of your priorities if you’re into a clean-shaven look. If you’re travelling during the summer, having a shaving/grooming kit will help keep yourself looking clean and refreshed. On top of that, the grooming kit won’t likely take too much space in your luggage. So just in case your facial hair’s growing too quickly or feels bothersome during your travels, bring the kit with you.
3 – Cap or hat (whichever you fancy to match your style)
One fashion accessory that many men love to add to their style regardless of the weather is a cap. Most of the time, caps are for aesthetic purposes than for protection. Many men rely on caps when they don’t feel like styling their hair. But whether they’re using it because their hair is too long or not, baseball caps have a way to elevate your style.
Whether you’re travelling during summer or winter, try to squeeze your favourite baseball cap into your luggage. If you have trouble completing your look or feel something’s missing in your outfit, you can use a baseball cap to do the trick. You can also bring a hat instead if your travel outfits would match better with it.
4 – Shades or a fashionable pair of specs
Another accessory that men love to complete their look is eyewear. If you’re travelling during summer or fall, shades will surely make you feel more ‘touristy’ during your travel. You’ll likely enjoy and feel the joys of being a traveller in your dream destination even more.
If you have poor eyesight and need to wear prescription glasses 24/7, you can still rock this tip by bringing a fashionable pair of specs. But of course, if you don’t have the budget to spend on new specs, you don’t need to buy one. After all, it’s just an accessory. What matters is you’ll be able to see and relish the attraction sites in real life. Also, don’t just buy a pair of shades just because it’s trendy. Always prioritise comfort over fashion, especially when travelling.
5 – A reliable belt
When travelling, a person can either lose or gain weight. You can either lose weight from all the walking and exploring a city–-or gain weight from eating and trying their local delicacies. Hopefully, you’ll be lucky to maintain weight to avoid buying new clothes and disposing of old ones after travel. But in case either of the two happens to you, bring a belt to help you move comfortably in your jeans.
Maybe you’ll eat and try every local delicacy you see in the country, then still manage to lose weight due to walking and exploring. That’s why having a reliable belt in your luggage will come in handy. Bring a belt to have you covered if you lose more calories than you intend during travel.
If your luggage is jampacked already, try to bring at least one of the things from this list that you think you’ll likely need the most.
Like everyone who’ll be travelling again this year, I bet you’re counting the days till you land in a foreign country again. Though this list aims to elevate your fits during your travel, I hope you keep in mind that enjoying the moment is what truly matters. And so, if you find it bothersome to pack too many accessories, I suggest bringing at least one to make your travel comfortable and fun in a way that fits you. Happy and safe travels to you!
About the author:
Bianca Banda is a writer for Rael Brook, a menswear retailer from London providing quality shirts and accessories in a range of colours, designs, and fabrics, to men across the globe.