Travel Basics for Men

This is a continuation of our series on traveling right and light!

  • For men where suits are required, consider bringing a gray suit or just a navy blazer and coordinating slacks and shirts.  Double up on your ties and shirts so you have variety each day.  Make sure to include coordinating belts and shoes as well as other accessories.  For the weekend consider button down pin point oxford dress shirts with trousers and a cardigan or pullover with your blazer.  Limit shoes to two pairs such as wing tips, ties or slip-ons.
  • If jackets are optional you will want to include a pair of trousers in a neutral such as gray, khaki or olive to wear with button-down oxford shirts, polo shirts, or long sleeve plaid shirts, pullover sweaters, v-necks, or turtleneck sweaters that coordinate with your blazer.  Confine shoes to loafers and perhaps deck shoes.
  • If jeans are permitted bring your best pair in a dark wash.  Consider a black or navy blazer for evening, dressier occasions.  For these you can wear a white dress shirt, jeans and your blazer.  Introduce pullovers, cardigans and short sleeve pullovers tops that coordinate with your jeans.

Some pointers on Going through Security

  • Wear slip-on shoes.
  • Wear your blazer (it will give you tons of room in your suitcase).
  • If bringing a carry-on bag the TSA provides tips for packing this so the security agent can see everything quickly if they need to open it.  Go to
  • Know the TSA regulations for liquids and have them available.  Basically its 3-1-1, liquids in containers no larger than 3.4 ounces, 1 clear quart size zip lock bag to put them in, and one suitcase.  Have the zip lock bag in your outer compartment of your luggage so you can get it out quickly as you approach security.
  • Make sure all your electronics are out and your pockets are empty and your jewelry and belts are off.  You will also have to take off any jackets and scarves.
  • Have your laptop in a TSA approved carrier, opened and ready to go through the screener.  Go to for specifics; however, the carrier should have a laptop only section that opens and lies flat without inside or outside pockets and no zippers or buckles inside or underneath this side.  Moreover, only keep the laptop in this section.
  • Have your boarding pass and ID in your hand.

Now you will go through without a hitch and make it to your gate on time!  Happy travels!


About vseitz

Marketing Professor at California State University, San Bernardino and author of "I Don't Wear A Suit."

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