Outfitted & Equipped: Weekend Getaway

by Brett & Kate McKay on April 18, 2013 · 12 Comments

in Dress & Grooming, Outfitted & Equipped, Visual Guides

Weekend Getaway 2

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Sometimes all a man needs to recharge his batteries is a quick weekend getaway – maybe a little road trip to stay at a B&B with his lady or a quick flight to see old friends. One of the keys to making a weekend getaway a refresher instead of a drag is packing light. To that end, you want to bring items that are both versatile and comfortable and will suit a variety of possible activities and temperatures.

Note: The clothing and accessories lack links this time as they are all available through Trunk Club.

1. Plaid button-down. A plaid button-down is light and easy to pack, and it looks good for both casual daytime activities and going out to places that are a little more formal at night.

2. Swim trunks. I like Rules for My Unborn Son author Walker Lamond’s philosophy when it comes to packing swim trunks: “I’m an optimist, so I always carry a bathing suit in my bag wherever I go.” You never know if your getaway will find you taking the plunge in the ocean, lake, or simply the hotel swimming pool.

3. Multi-tool. When I’m traveling by car, I like to have a multi-tool with me. I guess it’s the Boy Scout in me. You never know when you’ll need to use it. (For the best TSA-approved pocketknives and multi-tools for when you’re flying, check out this post by our friends at Gear Patrol.)

4. Sunglasses. These are a must if you’re driving to your destination. Nothing worse than squinting into the setting desert sun as you’re driving west on I-40. Once you arrive at your destination, they’ll be put to good use whether you’re spending an afternoon at the horse track or taking a sailboat out on the bay.

5. Shoes. A pair of brown suede shoes offers the right balance between casual and dressy. You won’t look out of place wearing them whether you’re at a roadside diner or a more upscale restaurant in the big city.

6. T-shirts. When you’re gone for just the weekend, you want clothes that can work double-duty. T-shirts fit the bill. Wear them solo or as part of a layered look.

7. Dark Denim. A nice pair of dark color jeans with minimal distressing is another one of those clothing items that can work for different occasions. They’ll look great with a t-shirt and a pair of casual sneakers during the day or a sport coat, button-down, and a pair of loafers at night. They’re the only pair of pants you need for a quick getaway.

8. Magazine. Traveling is when I catch up on all my magazine reading. I bust them out for plane trips and relish reading them in bed at night. I’m not looking for anything too heavy here. Just fun, easy stuff that lets my mind take a vacation while I’m on vacation.

9. Kindle. I also make sure to stock my Kindle with plenty of great airplane or car-trip reads. I like to have a mix of fiction and non-fiction on there. For fiction, you can’t go wrong with anything by Louis L’Amour. His novels are fun, quick reads. For non-fiction, I’ll typically download the latest pop-business or psychology book. You know, the stuff you see in airport bookstores. They’re entertaining and also give me some conversational tidbits to bring up with friends.

10. Ball cap. In my experience, the return trip home usually starts early in the morning. I want to maximize the amount of sleep I get, so I’ll skip the morning shower. To cover up the bed-head, I just slap on a ball cap.

11. Checkered button-down. Checkered button-downs have the same benefits as their plaid cousins. Lightweight, easy to pack, and versatile. I’ve become a big fan of gingham-checkered shirts in recent months.

12. Vest. The weather can change rapidly while traveling. A light vest not only will keep you warm in cooler locales, but it looks great with that plaid button-down you’re bringing along.

13. Dopp kit. For details on building the perfect dopp kit, click here.

14. Duffle bag. When you’re traveling for just the weekend, you want something simple and light. A duffle bag allows you to skip checking a bag if you’re flying and it doesn’t take up much space when you’re driving. And as one of Mr. Lamond’s rules for his unborn son advises, “Never pack more than you can carry yourself, and a man’s luggage doesn’t roll.”

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ilana April 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Brown leather shoes: “You won’t look out of place wearing them whether you’re at a roadside diner or a more upscale restaurant in the big city.”

Never brown in town!

2 Stefan April 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Going on a weekend next week, this is the perfect set-up. Love to have my Kindle with me all the time, stocked up with all kind of books. Even when I don’t read at all on the weekend (when I’m having that much fun with friends), I still am glad I took it with me, just in case :)

3 Lance April 18, 2013 at 5:37 pm

I love my kindle fire! I quickly learned that it is an every day tool, let alone a weekend one!

4 Brandon N April 19, 2013 at 3:03 am

Aw yes, another one.
Thanks for the post!

5 Troutt April 19, 2013 at 7:07 am

Major kudos on the Louis L’Amour shoutout. I got my L’Amour addiction from my grandfather. Great addition to any library.

6 Reza April 20, 2013 at 5:40 pm

What color is the vest?

7 jsallison April 21, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Socks, underwear and everyone knows one should never be without a towel. ;)

8 Clement April 22, 2013 at 5:28 am

Is there anything similar to Trunk Club for the UK?

9 Vin Pen April 22, 2013 at 8:01 am

How about including a deck of cards and a mechanical pencil to write the score? We play a lot of Bridge here and not having a deck of cards is considered as a major mistake.

10 Ian ST John August 23, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Body warmers and trucker caps are great for some mountain man style, think De Niro in ‘The Deer Hunter’ but avoid cotton travel vests, they scream gun.

A leather money belt with high denomination bills is always advisable, as is some form of defensive tool. Pocket binos and a waterproof flashlights often prove useful.

11 Leifi September 5, 2013 at 3:26 am

Is there a place, where guys who have nice gear can unload their goods to other guys who can appreciate them? Back in the 80′s a bought a bunch of classic shoes from Allen Edmonds. I’ve kept them in great condition and I don’t want to unload them at the Goodwill.

12 Kyle December 25, 2013 at 11:44 am

I really wanted to know the brand of that duffle bag, or any suggestions on duffle bags that doesn’t look out of place whether I’m at the gym or the office.

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