Packing for a One-Week Trip to the UK
I’m headed to the UK later today to do a few comedy shows. Folks are always emailing for examples on how to pack a decent wardrobe, so I thought I’d share what I’m bringing. All of this fits comfortably a carry-on bag (or on my back), along with socks, underwear, a dopp kit and a couple of soft white t-shirts to sleep in.
I’ll be casually dressed in the UK, and while the weather’s pleasantly warm in London at the moment, it’s still a bit cool and damp at night; in my other destination, Edinburgh, it’s actually a bit cold. I won’t be doing laundry on this trip.
All the pieces above go together and can be switched out for each other or layered, and the shoes are comfortable for walking. Those, along with “fits in luggage” are my main criteria when packing for a trip.
Coats
I’m bringing a leather A-1 jacket and a workwear-ish cotton blazer. The leather’s fine in actual cold, especially layered, and the blazer I can wear whenever it’s not actually hot hot.
Shirts
I brought two t-shirts and five oxfords. I love oxfords for travel because they look great right out of my suitcase - slightly rumpled is their natural state. The t-shirts will be great if there are particularly warm days.
Trousers
I brought two pairs of jeans, though I often bring only one, simply because I had the room. I also brought a pair of khakis for warmer days or days when I want to look a bit more put-together.
Shoes
I ended up bringing two pairs of sneakers on the trip. It’s always a good idea to have backup shoes in case of soaking or blisters or what-have-you, and canvas sneakers aren’t too heavy. If it weren’t summer, I’d likely bring a pair of boots and a pair of sneakers.
Etc.
I grabbed an Ebbets Field Flannels 8-panel cap, which is soft and packs easily, along with a favorite gray sweatshirt (for layering) and a white silk scarf that will keep me warm on the way to my 11PM gig in Edinburgh. Hopefully.

Packing for a One-Week Trip to the UK

I’m headed to the UK later today to do a few comedy shows. Folks are always emailing for examples on how to pack a decent wardrobe, so I thought I’d share what I’m bringing. All of this fits comfortably a carry-on bag (or on my back), along with socks, underwear, a dopp kit and a couple of soft white t-shirts to sleep in.

I’ll be casually dressed in the UK, and while the weather’s pleasantly warm in London at the moment, it’s still a bit cool and damp at night; in my other destination, Edinburgh, it’s actually a bit cold. I won’t be doing laundry on this trip.

All the pieces above go together and can be switched out for each other or layered, and the shoes are comfortable for walking. Those, along with “fits in luggage” are my main criteria when packing for a trip.

Coats

I’m bringing a leather A-1 jacket and a workwear-ish cotton blazer. The leather’s fine in actual cold, especially layered, and the blazer I can wear whenever it’s not actually hot hot.

Shirts

I brought two t-shirts and five oxfords. I love oxfords for travel because they look great right out of my suitcase - slightly rumpled is their natural state. The t-shirts will be great if there are particularly warm days.

Trousers

I brought two pairs of jeans, though I often bring only one, simply because I had the room. I also brought a pair of khakis for warmer days or days when I want to look a bit more put-together.

Shoes

I ended up bringing two pairs of sneakers on the trip. It’s always a good idea to have backup shoes in case of soaking or blisters or what-have-you, and canvas sneakers aren’t too heavy. If it weren’t summer, I’d likely bring a pair of boots and a pair of sneakers.

Etc.

I grabbed an Ebbets Field Flannels 8-panel cap, which is soft and packs easily, along with a favorite gray sweatshirt (for layering) and a white silk scarf that will keep me warm on the way to my 11PM gig in Edinburgh. Hopefully.

Our friend PG pretty much nails it here. Perfect travel wardrobe.
mostexerent:

* What I packed for a 2 week business trip. Again, uncovered from my archives by another new follower. (Oct 2010)
Packed to be suited for 14 days..
Covering the following climates, Singapore averaging 30c + 100%, Beijing averaging 5c-10c, Hong Kong averaging 15c then back to Sydney.
I will be expected in suits most days.
Packing includes:
5 x white English-Italian spread collar shirts
3 x random patterned button down shirts
1 x navy S120 wool suit
1 x grey + light blue window pane S120 wool suit
1 x navy tropical weight wool/silk suit
1 x grey tropical weight wool/silk pantaloons
1 x navy cotton chino
1 x khaki cotton chino
1 x RAW denim jean
3 x silk ties (predominant in navy)
2 x knit ties (orange & blue)
socks & underwear
1 x black leather punch cap toed oxford shoe
1 x brown leather punch cap toed oxford shoe
1 x brown belt
1 x black belt
1 x navy cashmere v/neck sweater
1 x mid-grey cashmere v/neck sweater
1 x chocolate herringbone weave cashmere top-coat
1 x pair of wool gloves
toiletries
“Baby Boston” Porter x Monocle bag in case of.. 
All in a 30” hard case Globe-Trotter - see you all in 12 hours.

Our friend PG pretty much nails it here. Perfect travel wardrobe.

mostexerent:

* What I packed for a 2 week business trip. Again, uncovered from my archives by another new follower. (Oct 2010)

Packed to be suited for 14 days..

Covering the following climates, Singapore averaging 30c + 100%, Beijing averaging 5c-10c, Hong Kong averaging 15c then back to Sydney.

I will be expected in suits most days.

Packing includes:

  • 5 x white English-Italian spread collar shirts
  • 3 x random patterned button down shirts
  • 1 x navy S120 wool suit
  • 1 x grey + light blue window pane S120 wool suit
  • 1 x navy tropical weight wool/silk suit
  • 1 x grey tropical weight wool/silk pantaloons
  • 1 x navy cotton chino
  • 1 x khaki cotton chino
  • 1 x RAW denim jean
  • 3 x silk ties (predominant in navy)
  • 2 x knit ties (orange & blue)
  • socks & underwear
  • 1 x black leather punch cap toed oxford shoe
  • 1 x brown leather punch cap toed oxford shoe
  • 1 x brown belt
  • 1 x black belt
  • 1 x navy cashmere v/neck sweater
  • 1 x mid-grey cashmere v/neck sweater
  • 1 x chocolate herringbone weave cashmere top-coat
  • 1 x pair of wool gloves
  • toiletries
  • “Baby Boston” Porter x Monocle bag in case of.. 

All in a 30” hard case Globe-Trotter - see you all in 12 hours.

Put This On Season 2, Episode 1: The Melting Pot

Q & Answer: How to Fold and Pack a Suit

In our Q & Answer segment, find out how to pack your suit for travel. We’ll show you a fold to keep it neat inside a rolling carry-on or suitcase, and we’ll show you how to keep your trousers on the hanger inside a garment bag.

Put This On Season Two, Episode 1: The Melting Pot

Put This On, a web series about dressing like a grownup, visits New York City, a place where style is defined and redefined through interpretation and reinterpretation.

Meet the ‘Lo Heads. With roots in 1980s street gangs, these Polo Ralph Lauren enthusiasts have made “aspirational apparel” a lifestyle. They once had to boost their Polo from stores and fight to keep it on the streets. Today, their culture is worldwide, promulgated by hip-hop. Their hero is Ralph Lauren - a working class New Yorker who understood that the fantastical power of style can be transformative. Dallas Penn from The Internets Celebrities, a dedicated Lo Head with a collection of over 1000 pieces of Polo apparel (and former member of the Decepts crew) takes us on a tour of this remarkable fashion subculture.

Visit Worth & Worth hat shop, a New York institution with roots going back to 1922. In recent memory, Orlando Palacios has made the shop a home for rockers as well as traditionalists, turning hundred-year-old machines to the task of reinterpreting hundred-year-old styles.

Meet Jason Marshall, a jazz saxaphonist with a classic style. He plays with bands ranging from traditional bop to hip-hop fusion to Aretha Franklin, but he prefers to wear tailored clothes when he does it, and explains why.

And in our Q & Answer segment, find out how to pack your suit for travel. We’ll show you a fold to keep it neat inside a rolling carry-on or suitcase, and we’ll show you how to keep your trousers on the hanger inside a garment bag.

This is the first episode in our six-episode second season. We’ll visit the three greatest men’s style cities in the world, as chosen by our readers - New York, Milan and London. Stay tuned for our next New York episode, coming soon to putthison.com.



This episode was supported by our viewers and by Lifeway Kefir.

Executive Producers: Jesse Thorn & Adam Lisagor

Director: Benjamin Ahr Harrison

Host / Writer / Producer: Jesse Thorn

Producer: Andrew Yamato

Director of Photography: Ryan Samul

Sound: Andrew J. Reardon

Production Assistance: Zach Linder, Derek Miller

The painter Adolf Konrad’s packing list, December 16th, 1973. From The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, via Salon.
(Thanks, Sara!)

The painter Adolf Konrad’s packing list, December 16th, 1973. From The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, via Salon.

(Thanks, Sara!)

Here’s a simple, silent demonstration of how to pack a sport coat or suit jacket. This is pretty much all you need to know.

mostexerent:

Packing for a 10 day trip that covers 3 Asian cities (Singapore, Hong Kong & Beijing).

Temperatures will range from >30c + 99% humidity to 5c..

FYI - I was not expected to fly out till this w/end not yesterday <12 hours to pack & Singapore was not part of the original schedule PAIN!

So what did I pack?

  1. Chocolate herringbone weave cashmere top coat
  2. French S130 wool navy suit
  3. Grey + light blue window S130 wool check suit
  4. Navy high performance woolsports coat
  5. Grey high performance wool trou
  6. Navy + Khaki cotton chinos
  7. Navy + grey cashmere v-neck sweaters
  8. White denim jeans
  9. 3 random cotton button shirts
  10. 5 white Italian-English spread collar shirts (to be picked up in HKG, part of new bespoke project)
  11. Various dark hued silk ties as well as knit ties
  12. Brown + black dress shoes
  13. Navy suede bluchers
  14. Navy calf & suede gloves
  15. Socks & underwear

This is an effing clinic on dressing for business travel.

Speaking of which: I’m headed to Seattle tomorrow to officiate a listener’s wedding(!). Things may be a little slower on PTO through the weekend. If you see me wandering around the Emerald City, do say hi.