The Esquire Guide To Staying Smart As You Travel

Look sharp on the move - no matter how far you're going​

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When it comes to traveling in style, the biggest obstacle a man faces is how to navigate the choppy waters of dressing well while still keeping things comfortable.

But there are ways to make it possible, which is why we've devised the essential tips, tricks and know-how to help you move from the airport, to the hotel to the boardroom and beyond with stylish ease.

Pack light

It might sound obvious, but unless you're heading away for two weeks or more, there's no reason why you can't fit your life in a carry-on holdall (choose dark, nylon with leather accents). Skipping straight through the airport with your luggage ready to go is one of the more underrated 'Power Moves' of stylish travel.

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Go collarless

Whereas a traditional shirt can have you buttoned up like a turkey, a collarless shirt is ideally suited for warm weather and has the added benefit of being as versatile when paired with a suit in a meeting as it is when matched with dark jeans or chinos and worn out to dinner in the evening.

Choose the right blazer

The most important element in a streamlined travel wardrobe is a navy blazer that can handle the rigours of planes, cars and airports.

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GANT's Diamond G travel blazer (pictured) is specifically designed to be worn on the move, and is made out of 100% Italian wool - a fabric that is far more breathable than you might think.

It also comes with essential modern updates like a ticket pocket, as well as a microfibre cloth in the inner pocket to help keep phones and glasses clean.

Streamline your grooming regime

Do you want to know what's not very stylish? Cramming half of your baggage with your usual daily medicine cabinet of tonics, creams and potions. Which is why you need to streamline. As you're traveling light (right?), cut your wash bag down to a quality face moisturiser (with spf) bodywash, deodorant and your signature scent. And hair product too, if that's your kind of thing.

Pick three colours

If you're in a spin about what clothes to pack, a useful technique can be to restrict your choice to just three utilitarian colours.

We suggest white, navy and black for stylish monochrome simplicity, but of course you can add and drop as you please. The key is to not spend too much time dwelling on it.

Choose Breathable Fabrics

Materials like linen and light wool really come into their own when worn for travel; the last thing you want are dense, cumbersome fabrics causing you misery as you try to glide through the departures lounge, so be sure to pick fabrics that don't require constant ironing and are breathable when the temperature rises.

Tailored joggers aren't just for Sundays

With jeans or suit trousers being nothing but a pain and shorts or regular gym kit just looking sloppy when worn to the airport, it's time turn to one of 2016's biggest trends: tailored joggers.

Choose a dark pair in either premium cotton or wool, and match with a plain white t-shirt, navy blazer and crisp white trainers for a slick, low-maintenance travel outfit.

Don't wear sunglasses inside the airport

No matter how bad your jet lag is (or how strong those gin and tonics in the hotel bar were) never be tempted to don your shades inside. Leave that to the posers, wannabes and people who haven't read this list... the heathens.

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