You may be one of those guys that throws a few things in a suitcase five minutes before you leave for the airport, but some careful planning and packing could make the difference between a relaxing break and a nerve-wracking nightmare. From having the correct documents to remembering the right toiletries, our handy list of travel essentials for men will help you prepare for a fantastic, stress-free holiday.
Before you go
- There’s nothing worse than being lost in a foreign city, so download offline maps of everywhere you’re likely to go from Google Maps. Not only will they help make sure you’re on the right track, they will ensure you don’t miss the best places to visit.
- If you’re going abroad, a good translation app is a great travel essential – or anyone for that matter. They can help with everything from reading road signs to ordering in restaurants without needing to point. Some apps will even translate in real-time using your phone’s camera.
- Take copies of all your important documents such as your passport, visa, driving licence, and anything else you may struggle to replace while away. The best method is to take pictures of them individually with your smartphone, then email the images to yourself.
- First on the list of travel items for men should be a passport, as well as any visas or permits required to travel to your chosen destination. Make sure your passport isn’t about to expire as some countries require at least six months remaining to allow you in.
- You should also pack a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), as it will give you access to free or reduced-cost medical care while in Europe. And if you haven’t got one yet, apply for it as soon as possible as there may be a delay in processing during the busy spring and summer months.
- The EHIC is an important travel essential, but it’s not a substitue for good travel insurance. As well as medical expenses, travel insurance could help to cover you and your possessions throughout your trip. Whether you're spending time unwinding with your family, backpacking, enjoying a cruise or taking part in winter sports it is important to check your travel insurance policy suits your holiday needs. Print out your policy documents and keep any emergency claim numbers somewhere safe.
- Of course, the ideal holiday packing list for men depends on where you’re going and what you plan to do, but every man’s holiday suitcase needs a few stylish, lightweight shirts alongside the practical t-shirts. Look towards high-street brands such as Top Man, River Island and Reiss for inspiration.
- If it’s likely you’ll be spending a lot of time by the pool or on the beach, you’ll need to have a pair of sharp swim shorts. Forget baggy Bermuda shorts – go for a trim, more tailored cut that goes no longer than mid-thigh.
- On a sunny holiday, a great pair of sunglasses is one of the most important things you can pack, and this year it’s all about bold shapes and thick frames.
- A good first-aid kit is a key travel essential for men. Pack a small container full of plasters, painkillers, indigestion tablets, Imodium, antiseptic cream, anti-histamines, cotton wool and travel sickness tablets.
- A set of high-quality toiletries can make the difference between your skin looking like a ripe Mediterranean peach and a year-old prune, so pack a good moisturiser along with your usual aftershave, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, shower gel, razor and shaving cream. Oh, and don’t forget the condoms.
- If you’re going somewhere hot, a refillable water bottle is a key travel item, ensuring you stay hydrated, especially if you’re planning on drinking in the daytime. Hot sun plus alcohol plus no water is a great way to get sunstroke.
- Travel accessories for men include a bewildering choice of gadgets, from iPads and GoPros to e-readers and Fitbits. Whatever you take, remember to download everything you need before you go as hotel wi-fi can be expensive – and slow. Don’t forget chargers and adapters for all your tech too.
- For the regular traveller, a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones are vital for a restful flight and a peaceful night’s sleep. If your budget can’t stretch that far, pack some earplugs.
- Finally, you can have all the high-tech male travel accessories in the world, but don’t underestimate the value of a pack of playing cards. Wherever you go it can win you new friends.