When vacationing, appearing ‘put together’ is strategic and rather hard to master. The look you’re aiming for? Naturally sophisticated. In the spirit of road trips and escaping town for the weekend, we’ve devised a fail-safe packing list to make your life a little easier. Ahead, a few essentials to bring on the road.

 

  • The perfect pair of chinos: Stylish but not flashy, you can’t go past a pair of crisp chinos, to be worn cuffed. A stone-coloured or navy pair is infinitely versatile. Shop Chinos >

 

  • A button-down oxford shirt: This can be dressed up for dinner or worn untucked and unbuttoned for casual day tripping. Shop Shirts >

 

  • A wear-with-everything belt: Just remember to remove it at airport security. Shop Belts >

 

  • Crewneck sweaters: Think you won’t need sweaters? You’ll regret not bringing them later. For brisk evenings and unexpected dips in temperature, always carry an extra sweater to layer. These go especially well with military-style jackets. Shop Sweaters >

 

  • The dressy shirt: You can always do with a touch of colour in your travel wardrobe, but steer clear of Hawaiian shirts! Play with patterns and prints, from statement stripes and checks, which come in handy when you’re inevitably roped into a fancy dinner or impromptu drinks with other holiday-goers. Shop Shirts >

 

  • A slim-fit, unstructured, lightweight blazer: Heading into town for dinner? You’ll need this for cocktail hour. It’s simple, straightforward and enough to keep you looking elusively cool (and not like a tourist). Shop Blazers >

 

  • Contrasting lightweight trousers: No need to bring the whole suit. A pair of contrasting trousers keeps it smart casual and not too stuffy. Shop Pants >

 

  • A pair of suede loafers: Don’t even think about being that guy on the plane in flip-flops. Loafers hit just the right mark between not too dressed up and not too dressed down. Shop Loafers >

 

  • A proper weekend bag: A good quality, leather-trimmed or leather bag with zipped side compartments and a sturdy handle will do the job. This is easily transportable so you can leave on Friday afternoon, straight from work.