The modern man is far from a light packer, gone are the days of it being considered feminine to fill your luggage and then some. 2021 boy’s are well groomed, well dressed and manscaped to the max meaning that your average male traveller is likely to be carrying more clothes, more toiletries and overall weight in his luggage. So we asked a real live modern man about his packing techniques:
“When I think about packing for a weekend away my first thought is the bag I’m going to take; it needs to be big enough, sturdy enough and, of course, I want it to look good. I’m currently using the Vintage Child Oxley Leather Weekend Bag which ticks all the right boxes and I get compliments on it all the time. When I start organising what I’m going to pack I go about it in a pretty practical way, I start by thinking about what kind of holiday I’m going on and what activities I might be doing. Will I need swimming shorts, extra layers or walking boots for an activities holiday? Will I need speakers, my Kindle or playing cards for more of a chill out holiday? These are my miscellaneous items that I get out first.
Then when I actually start packing I kind of work from the bottom up in my bag which also corresponds to the way I get dressed. In other words shoes always go at the bottom; that includes walking boots, flip flops, smart evening shoes if I need them, or any other footwear other than trainers. I use the rolling method to save space and I also find it helps to eliminate creasing. Socks are always rolled up in my shoes and then on top goes my underwear, trousers and jeans, t-shirts and finally jumpers. The exception is shirts because I do all I can to stop them from creasing; they sit on top of my bag until the morning of the trip and I pack them last minute. I usually imagine that the closer to my shoes and item is the more likely it is to get dirty so I try to put under layers like t-shirt and underpants around my shoes because I can always hide a dirty smudge with a jumper or something. If I need an extra coat that I won’t be wearing to the airport then that also goes near my shoes, as any mud can be easily brushed off.
Once clothes are sorted I think about electrical items, chargers go in shoes with my socks. I also always take a portable travel steamer somewhere in there for any bad creasing. If I’m not flying then I pack toiletries in my Vintage Child Large Leather Wash Bag. I go over my morning shower and grooming routine to make sure I don’t forget anything. If I am going to an airport then I pack my liquids in a clear plastic bag so I don’t have to so that at the airport.
The night before I will lay out clothes and shoes I’ll be wearing on the day; usually something comfortable. If I’m flying long haul I will pack some jogging bottoms or PJs in my hand luggage, I currently use the Vintage Child Kingsley Leather Laptop Backpack With Grab Handle. It has a laptop compartment and useful pockets for all the essentials like my sunglasses, wallet and passport which I check multiple times before I leave. My motto is that as long as I have my passport and a credit card it doesn’t really matter if I forget much else because I can always buy it if I have to. Last thing to go in my backpack I’ll pack my iPad, headphones, a note pad and pen and adapters always go in hand luggage, don’t ask me why. Finally I’ll do a sweep of the bedroom to check I haven’t forgotten anything like my charger (I also do this in the hotel room before I leave) and I’m good to go!”