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These things we know:

  • Life is short
  • The world is large
  • Carrying luggage sucks

If you’re traveling abroad for 1 month, 3 months, or a year and you don’t want to be burdened with baggage, what do you bring? Here’s how to go from beaches in Thailand to hiking Carpathian mountains, and still roll into a Michelin-starred restaurant at night looking like you belong:

CLOTHING

When it comes to travel clothing, cotton no longer makes the cut. You need material that can regulate temperature, wick moisture, dry quickly, and control odor. But most importantly you need to look good. This means clothes that are well designed, wrinkle free, and ideally stain resistant. Sadly, no material or company does it all, but several manufacturers have taken merino wool and synthetic blends to incredible new heights.

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Outerboro Breeze Shirt ($120)

If I could take only one shirt to travel the world, this would be it. Why? Classic style. Extremely comfortable. Lightweight material. Wicks moisture. Dries quickly. And even provides both odor control and UV protection. This is the only shirt I’ve found looks great in any setting, handles tropical climes, and still manages to feel like pima cotton.

Weight: approx. 10oz
Material: 47% Nylon66 and 53% Polyester with Polygiene odor control technology and UPF 100 UV Protection

Runners up: Mizzen & Main’s Gingham dress shirt ($125); Ministry of Supply’s Apollo dress shirt ($98)

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Thunderbolt Original Jeans Mark II ($200)

Yeah, they’re crazy expensive. But also crazy worth it. Especially if they’re the only pair of pants you bring. They’re breathable, dry quick, are wind and water resistant, and they look good. They even have a hidden zippered pocket just big enough for a passport. And did I mention they are sustainably produced?
I like gray because of it’s versatility in style and won’t overheat like black in direct sunlight.

Weight: approx. 16oz
Material: Double woven blend of sustainably produced nylon, polyester, & spandex; Schoeller®-dryskin and NanoSphere® treatment for wind and water resistance.

Runners up: Ministry of Supply’s Aero Slacks ($138) and Chinos ($118), and Bluffworks’ wrinkle-free pants ($93) provide many of the same performance benefits, at nearly half the cost.

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Merino Wool Anything

The key to packing for multiple climates is to dress in layers. For that, the praises of merino wool are well known: it’s an organic material that naturally regulates temperature, wicks moisture, controls odor, resists wrinkles, and looks amazing. Be warned though; these silky soft clothes are so comfortable, they will ruin you for all other shirts and underwear.

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Warm Weather Base Layers: Wooly Merino wool V-Meck shirt ($40) and Classic Boxer ($30). Material: 100% merino wool. Weight: approximatley 8oz each. 

Cold Weather Base Layers: Icebreaker Oasis Long Sleeve Crewe ($90) and Apex Leggings ($110). Material: 100% merino wool. Weight: approximately 10.6oz and 14.4oz respectively.  

This apparel can serve as a great base for dressing for travel, providing plenty of comfort, style, and versatility for your wardrobe – both at home and abroad. 

 

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