Travel Packing List for Men

Over the past couple months I’ve seen dozens of posts about travel packing lists specific to women, but I’ve never seen one for men so I thought I’d jot one out.  Guys and girls, obviously, have a completely different set of things that they feel the need to pack while they travel.  Men think of things like electronics, duct tape, and only a very limited amount of clothing.  However, I think that sometimes men go overboard with the safety accessories.  We are, of course, the species that follows in the footsteps of man ideal Tim “the Tool Man” Taylor.  Anyways, here is my packing list for men.

Canterbury, England

Canterbury, England


Our greatest mistake as men is that we often take too little clothing.  We think that we’ll be able to find a dry cleaner or a laundromat around every corner.  However, we’d be much better off packing a little bit more clothing.  It wouldn’t hurt. Of course, your packing list is going to depend on where you’re going.  Also, depending on the season – no I’m not talking fall fashion – you probably need to pack differently for summer and winter.

For winter:

  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 sweaters
  • 1 dress shirt
  • 1 winter jacket
  • 4 pairs of underwear
  • 6 pairs of socks
  • toque (beanie)
  • gloves (mitts)
  • 1 pair of walking shoes
  • 1 pair of dress shoes

For summer:

  • 4 t-shirts
  • 1 sweater
  • 1 light jacket
  • 1 dress shirt
  • 4 pairs of underwear
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • flip flops
  • 1 pair of walking shoes
  • 1 pair of dress shoes
  • 1 hat

Bath Products

Ok, so I’m terrible at this bit since I don’t use any sort of products except for shaving cream and the usually bathroom stuff.  There is absolutely no need to go out there and pack all sorts of hair products.  However, if you’re the type who uses men’s skin care products I promise I wont bug you either.  Remember too, when you’re travelling you can always buy these products when you get to your destination.  Personally, I always think that it’s best to save the space in your bag on the plane and then go to a supermarket or pharmacy when you arrive to fill out your assortment of travel products.  Of course the things you’ll need are toothpaste, toothbrush, 3 in 1 body/hair showerwash, cologne, shaving cream, and razors.

Monte Carlo Casino

Monte Carlo Casino


Each man to his own when it comes to this stuff.  Personally, I believe that if you’re travelling for just a short period of time you can leave the laptop at home and just bring the tablet.  If you’re travelling for a long period of time forget the tablet and bring your laptop.  There is no point in bringing both.  You’ll also want to pack along your unlocked smart phone.  Don’t forget to bring your camera as well as a bunch of memory cards.  Also, I like to tell people to pack along an external hard drive so that they can back up their photos after every day in case the camera gets lost or stolen.  A kindle is a good idea too, although if you have and iPad or iPod you can always just get the kindle app for those devices.

Safety Gear

This is where men always go overboard.  For every piece of clothing men bring with them they bring four pieces of safety gear.  You’re not going to need that giant medical kit you’re packing, just bring along a small kit with a sling, some bandages, a little alcohol and lots of duct tape. The chances that you have a Brendan’s Adventures moment like being shot at are extremely low so there is no need to go overboard here.


Traveller’s checks are dead so don’t even think of packing them.  What you will want to bring though is your debit card and 2 credit cards one mastercard and one visa.  When you travel around, don’t travel with all of them in the same place.  That way if you lose one you’ll still have 2 backups.   You’ll find ATMs almost everywhere in the world these days and the countries that are lacking ATMs still have Western Union in which you can transfer yourself money.

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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