I had the good fortune to travel for four days to beautiful Colorado Springs, but packing for the trip proved to be a conundrum. I would be going to a suit-required restaurant, going hiking, and spending time in climates that’d be hot during the day and cold at night.
So how could I fit all of that for not only myself, but my special ladyfriend, into one suitcase?
In order to not go crazy, it’s necessary to pick items as multipurpose as possible. Mixing and matching high and low-end items lets you move between the two spaces if you need to. Plus, if you’re stopping off at the hotel or house in between events, then it provides a great time to change single items or throw on that jacket to make yourself look great.
With both pants and shorts, I went for items that would provide some color, but work with just about everything else I brought with me. Khaki Dockers Alphas provided a great anchor, and look just a bit better than wearing jeans all week. Faded shorts blend a lot better, but still provide that pop of color.
Because I took yellow shorts with me, I wanted to make sure the shirts gelled with it in some way. So my polos stayed in the blue and white tones, while my dress shirts had bits of yellow in it to match.
On the plane, I went with wearing the coat, khakis, and a collared shirt so that I don’t ruin the coat keeping it packed away the whole time, and look a little bit nicer going through.
- 1 pair Khaki Dockers Alpha
- 2 pairs Gap shorts - Oxford blue and yellow
- Navy suit
- Dress loafers
- Adidas Sambas
- Uniqlo linen short sleeve shirt
- Bonobos yellow and blue windowpane dress shirt
- White dress shirt (for fancy dinner!)
- Navy tee
- Navy v-neck sweater
- Blue, turqoise, and white polos
As a result, we had plenty of space for all the gifts the lady had to buy. In preparation for your next trip, think about how you can combine the items, trying to minimize the one-off items. I was able to use the coat a lot more than the single use for the dress slacks.
I’ve got a few more trips planned this year, and am working on improving my packing performance. You should too.