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You have decided to take a trip, your tickets are bought and the hotel is booked. Now it is time to get yourself prepared to travel.

Some of the travel tips you read online are useless, like marking your luggage as fragile so they are treated more gently.

I talked to a guy who worked in an airport. He and his colleagues NEVER read luggage labels. Too busy. The only things they handle with care are pets and musical instruments.

Whether you’re a road warrior, flying on an airplane, or staying in a hotel, you’re going to need these tested travel tips.

The tips you will find are:

  1. Dress Well
  2. Know Your Regulations
  3. Wear Your Bulkiest Clothing
  4. Wear Slip-On Shoes
  5. Double Check For Hidden Fees
  6. Copy Your ID’s
  7. Pack Light
  8. Pack An Interchageable Suitcase
  9. Save Space On Athletic Gear
  10. Always Take A First Aid Kit
  11. Have A Calling Card
  12. Have Backup ID’s And Credit Cards
  13. Call Your Credit Card Companies
  14. No Dirty Money
  15. Clear Out The Clutter
  16. Ask For Extras Early
  17. Iron Everything

Travel Tip #1 Dress Well

I’m not going to say you need to wear a suit – and I’m not going to say that this will get you upgraded to first-class – but I will say this:

When you dress respectably, people treat you with more respect.

You interact with a lot of people when you’re traveling – when you go to grab a coffee, when you’re in line to get on the airplane, when you arrive at the hotel – and if each of them treats you with respect, you’re going to have a much better journey.

If you don’t want to wear a suit but still want to look sharp, focus on the style pyramid – fit, fabric, function.

Everything you put on your body needs to fit you – you can get your casual clothing adjusted by a tailor, but it’s better to find clothing that already fits you right off the rack.

Go with fabrics that don’t look worn. In general, I like darker colors when traveling because they don’t show the dirt – but a brighter color near the neck will help draw attention to your face and eyes, which is what you want when you’re communicating with people.

Finally, function – make sure that your clothing fits its function, in this case, travel. So skip anything uncomfortable or quickly crumpled. If you’re dressing casually, you can wear a piece of masculine jewelry to set yourself apart.

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Travel Tip #2 Know Your Regulations

Airport Security travel tips

You might see travel tips saying there are cheats for the security regulations – if you freeze a bottle of water, it’ll still get through, and that kind of thing. But is it that hard to take an empty bottle and then fill it up when you’re on the other side?

My thinking is: it takes less effort to know and follow the regulations than to try to cheat them.

The restrictions change all the time, and they’re getting tighter. It’s frustrating. But that’s why it’s so important to read up before you fly.

Travel Tip #3 Wear Your Bulkiest Clothing

This is one of my top travel tips when you’re flying. It pays to free up space in your luggage and save on weight. It also gives you options when you’re traveling from that incredibly hot terminal to that freezing airplane.

Travel Tip #4 Wear Slip-On Shoes

Chelsea Boots is very comfortable while traveling

Shoes have a lot of weight, and they can be very bulky. Slip-on shoes make going through security faster and easier, but if you can find a shoe that is easy to take off and put back on again AND goes with all your outfits, you’ll save the trouble of packing a pair.

Double monk straps, loafers, and Chelsea boots are all great choices.

Travel Tip #5 Double Check for Hidden Fees

Policies can vary a lot from airline to airline. I was over in Ukraine recently and found out I needed to check in with the airline two hours before, not at the airport like most US airlines.

When I checked in at the airport, they said I’d missed the deadline and would have to pay an extra $30.

What can you do? You have to pay to get on the airplane. But it’s a situation where an assumption cost me money.

Travel Tip #6 Copy Your IDs

Take pictures of your passport and driver’s license and email them to yourself. If you lose your ID or get your wallet stolen, you’re at least going to have a copy of your identification that can help you get through security.

Travel Tip #7 Pack Light

travel tips for packing a suitcase

You’ll see hacks and travel tips out there about rolling clothing, and I think that’s effective for certain pieces, but jackets and other structured items need folding correctly.
Packing expands to fit the space available.

You’re probably going to fill any bag you take, so take a smaller bag rather than taking a big bag and putting in optional items.

Click here to find out how to keep packing light by using 16 items to create an entire wardrobe.

Travel Tip #8 Pack An Interchangeable Suitcase

Just like your wardrobe should be interchangeable, your travel wardrobe should be too. Every shirt, every jacket, every pair of trousers, every pair of shoes should work with every other item you’re going to take.

Travel Tip #9 Save Space On Athletic Gear

Travel Workout- Pushups

Don’t leave all your athletic gear at home – compromise. I don’t take extra socks; I use the socks that I’ll typically be wearing. I don’t take swim trunks; I wear my running shorts. I don’t take gym shoes; I wear my running shoes. You can also lift barefoot or in your socks if the gym allows it.

Travel Tip #10 Always Take A First Aid Kit

One of the most important travel tips is to take a first aid kit. You never know when you’ll get sick or cut yourself and have to stop the bleeding.

Travel Tip #11 Have A Calling Card

Airport meeting travel tips

I think every traveler should have a calling card with your name, email, and possibly your address. Tape those cards to the outside of your luggage, and put them in your luggage too. That way, if you meet a fantastic person and you don’t have time to exchange information, you can give them a card and make contact right there.

Travel Tip #12 Have Backup ID And Credit Cards

This is one of those travel tips I’ve learned the hard way. When I travel, I take two forms of ID and three credit cards.

The two forms of ID are my driver’s license and my passport. The credit cards are all different types- an American Express, a visa, and a MasterCard- Not everywhere takes American Express, so this way, I have a backup.

Travel Tip #13 Call Your Credit Card Companies

Travel Tip - Call Credit Card Company

If you’re traveling out of state or out of the country, call your credit card companies and let them know that you’ll be using these cards in those locations. Otherwise, they may assume you’ve lost them and freeze your cards.

Travel Tip #14 No Dirty Money

When it comes to cash, I always make sure I’ve got crisp, clean bills that are new. Some countries won’t exchange a hundred-dollar bill if it’s got a tear or a mark on it or if it’s an older issue.

Travel Tip #15 Clear Out The Clutter

When I check into a hotel room, I clear out all the magazines and brochures and put them in a drawer out of the way. I want a clean space so I can find my stuff and get my work done without distractions.

Travel Tip #16 Ask For Extras Early

Hotel bed and pillows travel tips

Once I’m checked in and settled into my room, I call the service desk and ask for extras. I want an extra blanket because I sleep with the temperature low, and I’d like to be toasty when I’m in bed. I ask for extra hangers because I’ve got a lot of jackets and nice shirts.
If you get extras sent up to you early, there is almost no demand.

If you start asking for these at bedtime when everyone else is asking for them, you’re going to get whatever is left, and sometimes it’s going to take an hour for the staff to get you anything.

Travel Tip #17 Iron Everything

When I check into my room, I unpack all my luggage and iron all of my shirts immediately, so I don’t need to later. But make sure the iron you get in the hotel isn’t going to damage your clothing – look at the baseplate and make sure there are no stains or dirt on it. If need be, ask for another iron.

Click below to watch the video – Modern Travel Etiquette: How To Fly Without Getting Into a Fight

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How to wear your watch correctly

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As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

old watches

When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

man wears watch

The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

watch facing inside

The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

stylish watch

Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)

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We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

man in closet

One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

fall clothing items

After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

man wearing coat

Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

clothing on sale

As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

man shopping for clothes

You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.

Overcoats

man wearing overcoat

Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

leather jackets

A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.

Sweaters

man wearing sweater

Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.

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The Best Zara Fragrances

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We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

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