I never had to really worry about the things most business travelers worry about, because at my old job I drove when I had to travel.
This meant I could take as many of my suits in a garment bag as I wanted with me. I could bring a decent travel iron for my shirts. I could pack multiple shoes into a tote bag. I could have more than one piece of luggage plus a briefcase.
But this whole flying thing means a whole new set of restrictions I never really thought about. At most, I can maybe stuff an unconstructed blazer into my duffle. I have to wear my suit while I fly, unless I want it to be bunched up. I need to actually buy non-iron shirting so I don’t have to deal with creases. A dopp kit is pointless because you just have to ziplock all your toiletries anyway for the scanner. And I really need a go-to shoe that’ll work for at least three days — ranging from formal to casual.
So, I guess I’ll have to relent to non-iron shirts and perhaps a larger carry-on duffle bag that can at least squeeze in another pair of shoes.
A few of your replies:
nealryan said: Shouldn’t any respectable hotel provide an iron and ironing board in your room?
allenluo said: dunno your exact situation, but most of my consultant friends live by the irons provided by almost all standard hotel rooms!
I used to use hotel irons, except I had a bad experience once where the innards of a hotel iron had long-ago rusted and stained my shirt with rustwater. Bad looks. I don’t trust hotel irons anymore.
docbound said: I don’t do business travel, but I’ve kept a similar wardrobe when flying. There are detailed ways explained online on how to fold a suit. It’s worked for me well. Plane attire: shawl collar cardigan, dark jeans, oxford, desert boots/sneakers
I actually don’t mind flying in a suit. I like having the pockets for my EDC and other items I need on-hand.
stylepoints said: I know it’s bulky, but I always fly with a travel steamer. It’s of little use on shirts, but does wonders on wool trousers and unstructured sportcoats. For toilitries, I carry samples from the Kiels counter.They take up zero space. Use the hotel iron
I typically hang my stuff in the shower and turn the hot water on to steam clothing the moment I get into a hotel room. Usually does the trick.
minimalmusings said: Check out the Redoxx air boss. Fits on any airplane overhead (even regional jets), with bundle packing techniques you can fit a suit (or two) and there is enough room for a week’s worth of clothes and 2 pairs of shoes no prob.
Thanks for the luggage recommendation.
Hadn’t heard of that method before. In order for it to work though, I’ll need a new piece of carry-on luggage with slightly more room. What I’m using now is definitely more of an overnight bag. FWIW, I do travel insanely light.
badscene said: I find that some decent loafers will go a long way. Easy slip-off, easy slip-on. Also, it may be worth asking Phat Guido his opinion on the matter — he seems to travel ALOT.
Given how long it takes to get through TSA already, I don’t mind wearing lace-up shoes. I have plenty of time to take them off and put them back on. Plus, I don’t like wearing loafers with suits. I think PG packs a whole lot more than I do and probably checks luggage. No way in hell am I going to check a bag if I don’t have to do so.
sashu said: I hear they don’t allow you to wear shoes on Air Force 1 because of George W. Bush
That’s just gross.
Also, funkypresident added a few things to a post of his own, including getting a reusable toiletry pouch, which is probably a good idea.
For bags I recommend checking out Urban Outfitters. I don't tend to like much of their stuff buy I just bought a light colored messenger there to use with warmer weather and I've been very happy with it. Can't speak about its long term durability yet, though. Anyway, I believe they have a decent number of bags online at varying price points.
As to the guy asking about bags. Not to claim expertise or anything, but I have carried a shitload of bags since I was 15. Army surplus stores are your best bet for simple styles like those 2. A quick search turned up these 2 for back packs
and these satchels
and as a sidenote. I carried that 2nd canvas satchel from 2001-2010. I wore through one, but they'll take seriously hard (everyday, overstuffed, way too heavy) use for 5 years. Recommended.
But then I upgraded to this
and have never looked back.
I travel quite a bit for my job (by car) and thought I’d show you what I pack for an average trip.
For suits, a navy, a dark grey and I wear my grey tweed. Also, my black/white herringbone tweed blazer and a brown donegal tweed waistcoat.
For shirts, one pink, one blue, one white dress shirt for wearing with the suits. For casual wear, one red university stripe oxford and one blue gingham button down.
Accessories: red, green and navy silk knit ties (for the suits) and a navy with red/white stripe silk tie (for casual). Also, various pocket squares. I also pack one black and one brown leather belt as well as one tan web belt.
I only pack my 501s for extra pants, but if it gets warmer, I’ll maybe swap that with a pair of chinos. And obviously, undergarments and socks.
Not pictured: shoes, which include one pair black and one pair brown leather as well as a pair of tan bucks. Also, a trench coat.
I pack this all up in a rolling luggage (overhead size) and put the suits and blazer in a Hartmann tweed suit garment bag.