The Travel Clothes That Need To Be In Every Suitcase Before You Leave

One of the biggest struggles travellers have is figuring out what to pack.   Throw in the challenge of going carry-on only and we’ve got even more to think about!

As with anything, the more we do it, the better we get.  Packing becomes less a question of “want vs need” and more a question of “does the value this item provides warrant the space it takes up in my bag”.

Here’s my list of travel clothes I refuse to leave home without … I’d love to hear how it stacks up to your list in the comments at the end of this post!

Baubax Travel Jacket

Baubax is described as “The World’s Best Travel Jacket”, and with good reason!

It has 15 features, each designed to enhance your travel experience (click the image to view a bigger/readable version):

1. Neck pillow hidden in the detachable hood
2. Built-in eye mask in the detachable hood
3. Earphone holders lining the neck
4 & 5. Sunglasses pocket complete with microfiber cloth
6. Pen and stylus attached to the zipper
7. Drink pocket designed to keep your beverage warm or cold
8. Hand cover “gloves” attached to the sleeves
9. Hand-warming pockets
10-15. Packed with pockets for you passport, phone, tablet, portable charger and a blanket

I love this jacket!  Not only is it perfect for travel, but it’s also great when you’re out shopping with your wife and need to hide a sweater you decided to buy her (she had no idea!).

Made with high-quality fabrics, in 4 modern fashionable designs, it’s easy to see why Baubax is the highest crowdfunded fashion item ever.

Cool-Jams Sleepwear

I started wearing Cool-Jams last year, and now I won’t go anywhere without them!

Cool-Jams offers bedding and sleepwear in lots of great styles, for men and women.  All of their products are lightweight, moisture-wicking, and super comfortable.  They’re tailor-made for people who have hot-flashes or night-sweats, but you don’t need either of those to get a ton of benefit.

Why do I love Cool-Jams so much?

1. They’re incredibly light and wrinkle-resistant so you can cram them into anytravel bag.
2. They don’t get all “bunched up” in the middle of the night
3. A quick rinse in the sink and they’ll be fresh and dry in no time with their quick-drying technology
4. They help regulate your body temperature

Cool-Jams are the perfect choice for those inconsistent hotel room bedding and temperature fluctuations, but they’re also amazing as a base-layer during the winter months.  I recently wore mine when watching the World Junior Championships Outdoor Game and was just as comfortable outside as I was inside.

Grab a pair today, and you’ll never wear anything else … to bed anyway.

Kenneth Cole Bootie Slippers

I’m a big fan of wearing slippers, especially during the winter months.  I rarely take them when I travel; however, because they’re often too heavy and clunky to earn a place in my luggage.

All that changed when I found these Bootie Slippers from Kenneth Cole.  They’re breathable, flexible, and have an amazing memory-foam interior.  Added benefit: their chic look and indoor/outdoor soles make them perfect for airports, flights, and hotel rooms.

These slippers are also surprisingly lightweight and crushable, making packing them a breeze.

UNIQLO BLOCKTECH WARM-LINED SLIM FIT PANTS

I’ve found that one of my biggest struggles is to find a decent pair of versatile pants that are warm, comfortable and stylish.  Until I found Blocktech pants from UNIQLO.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I wore these pants to the World Junior Championships Outdoor Game.  Not only are they super warm, but they’re stylish enough that I would have felt comfortable going just about anywhere for dinner after the game.  These fleece, velvet-lined pants are slim-fitting so you won’t feel “sloppy”.

UNIQLO Blocktech pants are the perfect blend of winter ski-pants (without the plastic shell) with fashionable, slim-fit pants (without being uncomfortable).

Black Sneakers

For a long time I resisted buying black sneakers.

Why?  My vision of wearing black sneakers was the generic variety worn by waitresses and grocery store staff because they were “comfortable”.  I can appreciate the purpose of those choices, but none of those images was a fashionable one.

A few years ago I found a soccer-style black sneaker that fit my style.  My wife immediately showed me how they could easily be dressed up or down, adding to their versatility.  This was really important to us because we always want to have at least 1 evening or 1 dinner that’s more upscale, but who wants to pack an entire extra pair of shoes just for that occasion?

Since that day, I now have a few styles of black sneakers that are interchangeable.  I love having the versatility of being able to go anywhere, or attend any event that we discover on our travels.

How does this list of my essential travel clothes compare to yours?

Do you have items you can’t live without that you’d replace on this list … or have I given you any new items that you’ll put on yours?  Let me know in the comments below!

Resources

Here is a list of the resources mentioned in this post:

Baubax Travel Jacket – The World’s Best Travel Jacket

Cool-Jams Sleepwear –  Lightweight, moisture-wicking, and super comfortable, available in lots of great styles for men and women.

Kenneth Cole Bootie Slippers – These slippers are also surprisingly lightweight and crushable, making packing them a breeze.

UNIQLO Blocktech Pants – The perfect blend of winter ski-pants (without the plastic shell) with fashionable, slim-fit pants (without being uncomfortable).

Black Sneakers – Have the versatility of being able to go anywhere, or attend any event that you discover on your travels.

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