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I’m currently in the process of planning my wedding with my fianceé and with it comes planning for others as well. Since it’s a destination wedding, we are tasked with not only bringing the essentials along for ourselves, but helping our guests–especially my groomsmen–be prepared as well.
Below find 5 travel must-haves men aren’t always so great about packing:
1. Sun-Care Items
Not trying to sound like your mom here, but stop forgetting to bring along your sunscreen. It’s easy to pack with you only what you use in your daily routine, however you should always consider special circumstances. At the very least bring along a moisturizing lotion with SPF in it if you’re going to be spending any time outside. This doesn’t necessarily stop at sun-care; this applies to other special situations like when you need bug spray as well.
2. Extra Footwear
Don’t be that guy that wears the same sneakers for everything he does on a trip. I recommend bringing at least one additional pair with you no matter what you’re doing, even if it’s just for backup. There are few trips I can think of where I didn’t benefit from having an extra pair of shoes packed. Whether that be for a nice evening dinner or because I ruined my main pair.
3. Mini Med Pack
The last thing you want on a trip is to be stuck with a headache, stomach issues or any other ailment, especially when it’s easily fixable. This is why I recommend always having some sort of mini med pack with you. It doesn’t have to take up a lot of room. In fact, I usually just throw mine in my dopp kit. A couple of bandages, alcohol swabs, pain killers, and Pepto-Bismol (for those overindulging/adventurous/sensitive eaters) and you’re good to go. When going to a destination wedding, chances are you will run into one of the 5 Symptoms: nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach and diarrhea. You will surely want the #PinkRelief of Pepto by your side.
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4. Portable Power
This may seem pretty self-explanatory, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on trips with friends where they are always looking for a power outlet. I’d suggest bringing along with you a portable power charger (bonus points for solar power chargers). Let’s be honest, when you find yourself in an unfamiliar place the last things you want are to not be able to document or, much worse, be left without communication in an emergency.
Similar to the shoes, but important enough to get its own section, make sure you bring enough layers with you. Living in Los Angeles I’ve become accustomed to perpetually mild weather, and I sometimes forget that other places have significant changes in their temperature throughout the week. Because of this I have learned to pack layers beyond a single jacket. Even if you think you’ll need short sleeves wherever you’re going, I would go as far as packing at least a sweater just in case.