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Packing lists for guys

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Fodor’s is full of packing lists for women whose gossamer garments and strappy sandals allow them to travel for weeks at a time with only a 21 inch carryon.

I am 6’3”, weigh 233 pounds, wear size 14 shoes, and have some medical issues that make carryon only travel for more than a weekend impossible.

So here is a highly individual packing list from an experienced male business and leisure traveler, with notes. It is not meant to be definitive. I hope other men will post similar lists. I always learn something from other people’s givens and druthers.

Packing List for two week or longer trip to Europe Spring and Fall

Wear on plane
Trousers: Dark grey heather Dockers
Shirt: Blue/black tattersall LL Bean no iron long sleeve
Jacket: Black microfiber travel blazer with multiple zippered pockets
Underwear: cotton boxers
Socks: Black Smartwool
Shoes: Mephisto Runoff walking shoes
Outerwear: Charcoal LL Bean Stowaway Gore-Tex hooded jacket (in winter, a Barbour Border long waxed jacket with multiple handy pockets)
Handkerchief: black bandanna

Pack
The Trousers: two pairs, one charcoal gray, one medium gray, tropical weight wool or wool and polyester
The Shirts: three long sleeve checked or Tattersall no iron shirts. One polo shirt, black. Three T shirts: one each black, white, gray
The Underwear: enough cotton boxers for half the trip (Laundromat half way through)
The Socks: two more pairs of black Smartwool
The Handkerchiefs: red bandanna, blue bandanna
The Sweater: sleeveless or long sleeve cashmere V-neck, depending on the month
The Necktie: maroon silk foulard
The Toiletries: deodorant, razor, shaving brush and cream, toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, nail clippers
The Additions: In the winter, I would add a cashmere scarf, leather gloves and glove liners. I have a dress shirt that I would take if likely to go to a concert or opera.
The Medications: an enormous bag of them on which my life sadly depends.

The Tragedy: by rolling or using a folder and packing cubes, I can actually get all this into a 21 Hartmann rollaboard. But it weighs far more than anyone’s limit for carryon luggage because Big Guys’ clothing is H-E-A-V-Y. So it has to be checked. So I usually wind up taking and checking a 26” Hartmann rollaboard so I can add an extra pair of shoes and a couple of extra amenities. The shoes weigh 4 pounds EACH, by the way.

The Personal Item: a Hartmann briefcase which holds my CPAP, a netbook or iPad, my digital audio player and headphones, one extra pair of boxers, a toothbrush and floss, three days of medicines, crossword puzzles.

What do you pack?

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