How to Pack a Carry-On for Maximum Outfit Options

Travel light without going naked

Bearski writes:

“Since I travel every week for work and don’t check a bag I have to get pretty creative with my outfits. I usually try to find layers (in the winter) that I can wear with other items or alone so I can save room and wear things more than once.

Unfortunately, my current wardrobe is not very conducive to this idea. I would LOVE it if you could do a piece on ways to minimize space whilst maximizing options. It would be even MORE stellar if you could actually put together some example options!”

Enter: Team SG’s Hitha Palepu, who runs travel blog Hitha On the Go. Her passport’s seen so much action it should probably get tested.

Here’s what Hitha had to say:

“I empathize you on the traveling every week front – I deal with it regularly, as do a few of the men in my life (namely, my husband, and a few busy cousins). Lucky for you, they all have great style and manage to pack a week’s worth of clothes neatly into their carry-ons. I’ve put together a packing list and sample outfits for you – with 9 pieces, you can stay stylishly professional throughout your trip.”

Below, three basic rules to think about when packing for a work trip:

1. Pack around a neutral color.

Your blazer, a pair of trousers, and shoes should be the same color (either black or brown).  Gray, tan, and navy can be worn with either neutral.

2. Add moderation.

Select a mix of patterned and plain shirts for the most combinations.

3. Don’t forget your personal touch.

If you’re a French cuffs guy, go with unique cuff links (Bauble Bar has a great selection) to personalize even the most basic of work outfits. You can also choose brightly colored or patterned socks over basic black to add visual interest. And to keep things slimmed down, store your cash and cards in a fun money clip instead of a wallet.


Ready to upgrade your on-the-go wardrobe?

Clothes make you feel like a million bucks no matter where you’re headed jump starts your confidence, but shopping for them? That can be a pain. If you’re ready to invest in some new clothes for your wardrobe but dread the thought of shopping for them…consider having Team SG shop for you! We can curate an online shopping list just for you that fits your budget, your body type, and your lifestyle.

Let us rescue you from shopping fatigue and sartorial apathy. You’ll receive personal attention and care that will make you feel like the best version of the awesome guy you already are! Ready to seriously improve your closet and your confidence? Give us a shout.


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