The clothes that should always be a part of your luggage wherever the pin maps on the globe.
1. Trench Coat
There’s no outerwear more versatile than a trench coat. Used by the British army to help protect them from the rain, it has now evolved to be a stylish final layer that goes with any outfit, three seasons out of the year.
Although I am partial to pieces made by Burberry, to a point where I’ve built a significant collection of them, many brands do their version of this utilitarian garment. Pick up one that you can wear with you on your next jet-setting adventure from Zara, ASOS, Calvin Klein, or Aquascutum.
2. A pair of meant-to-travel denims
Gone are the days when jeans are stiff, unyielding, and in general not what you would want to wear when you’re
Of course—and I want to reiterate this: Practice every precaution in the book so that you do not end up being the victim of petty crime.
4. The shoes that keep you walking.
The most important thing you have to remember when picking the footwear to bring with you is how well will it work in all of the situations you will find yourself in. While tennis shoes are great for a full day’s worth of walking, they lose their style cred when you’re sitting down at a nice bistro in the evening. A leather shoes with a hard sole does the opposite: They’re horrible when walking around Rome but elegant for the trattoria.
Enter Cole Haan’s Grand.OS line of shoes. Marrying the formality of your brogues, oxfords, and monkstraps with the breathability and cushioning of more athletic-focused footwear, these shoes should no doubt be the first in your list when filling out your bag.
5. Laundry detergent sheets
My number one rule when traveling is to bring only enough clothes to last you about half of your trip. Nobody will see you twice to remember that you repeated an outfit nor will they care if they do. If you truly need clean clothes at some point, bring one or two laundry sheets and spend about 20 minutes in your hotel’s sink hand-washing underwear, T-shirts, and shirts. Pants and jeans will actually benefit from infrequent trips to the laundromat, so unless they stink, just air them out.
It’s also worth packing a few dryer sheets. It’s not a new travel hack, but it bears repeating. These dryer sheets will freshen your garments like nobody’s business. If you don’t even have those 20 minutes to wash, this is the least you can do.
6. When in doubt, go black.
A black polo shirt is timeless, appropriate for most traveling situations (except for a day at the beach or by the pool–but you probably won’t be wearing a shirt anyway), and go with everything else you wear with it. I always go for the slim fit styles, but a classic or a looser cut might be more your speed.