What to Pack for a Boys Weekend Getaway

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There is a lot that goes into preparing for a boys getaway. Figuring out the logistics for the weekend, mapping out your route, and most importantly, packing the essentials needed for your time away. Nothing is worse than not having everything you need once you arrive at your vacation spot. This might leave you feeling unprepared and scrambling at the last minute. There is a fine line between packing everything you need and overpacking. Below is a helpful guide that will keep your most needed essentials all in one bag.

What to bring

You want to bring enough clothing options that can be woven into different scenarios, but the key is figuring out how to do that without overpacking. Select items that have the most potential for maximum usage and not for just one particular occasion. In order to do this, you first need to analyze your weekend. Is it an outdoor roughing it kind of retreat or perhaps a poolside extravaganza mixed with nightclub outings? The items you select largely depend on the type of weekend you have planned.

The right shoes


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In most cases all you really need is two well chosen pairs of shoes. One that will work from day to night, and one that can double as appropriate poolside footwear and also suitable for a casual outing. Regardless of the time of year, you always want to be prepared for unexpected opportunities. For shoes that can transition from day tonight, stick to a semi-casual pair of oxford shoes like the Cole Haan lunargrand longwing derby shoe or Sperry gold cup-bellingham wingtip shoes. For a casual pair of shoes, stick to canvas slip-ons — they work well for pool parties or hitting up the nearest brunch spot. The Rail stockton slip-on shoes come in a canvas denim fabric that pairs nicely with either board shorts or a pair of khaki chinos.

Wardrobe selections


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This all depends on the time of the year. Sticking to basics that can be layered is the best route for a weekend getaway. Start by selecting one to two pairs of pants, and don’t forget that whatever you’re traveling in counts. Bring black slacks just in case any of your nighttime activities require a specific dress code. If you are venturing off to warmer climates, having a pair of shorts in a dark color is also a good idea. Pack a basic V-neck tee and one or two graphic T-shirts for switching things up.

When incorporating top layers for more casual options, lean toward a zip-up hooded sweatshirt or a crewneck pullover sweatshirt. For something more casually nice, include a knit sweater or a structured blazer. Keep your accessories simple but distinct, like a basic black baseball cap or a pair of aviator sunglasses. All of the items can be mixed and matched to complete various looks.

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