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5 Travel Clothing Essentials For Your Next Trip – Forbes

Clothing Arts Pick-Pocket Proof® Explorer Travel Jeans

 I have been a fan of Clothing Arts Pickpocket Proof Clothing since they began and their Adventure Travel pants are usually my first choice when I hit the road. Now they’ve rolled out their Pick-Pocket Proof® Explorer Travel Jeans and they’ll make a smart addition to anyone’s travel wardrobe. They’re not the slimmest jeans on the market but they’re not Dad jeans either. The fit is comfortable, and the fabric is a blend of high tensile breathable cotton, modal, polyester and Lycra. These are not heavy jeans. What seals the deal are the pockets. There are six of them, along with four hidden secure pockets. The dual-side patented full-size hidden zipper-secure rear pockets are passport sized, as are the dual-side, hidden zipper-secure media pockets. They utilize top-of-the-line YKK zippers. For those trips where you don’t want or need to look like you’re going on safari – and let’s face it, London, Los Angeles and Latvia would be among those countless destinations – these are my new go-to favorites. $124.95

Eagle Creek Wayfinder 30L Backpack

I’ve tested my share of travel backpacks but now I may have found the perfect one to use as a carry on. The Eagle Creek Wayfinder 30L Backpack is a minimalist’s delight and the ideal size for stuffing under the seat in front of you. No gate agent will blink twice at the size of the bag (which they often will if you’re bringing an overstuffed 40 liter onboard). The 30 liter size also seems to hold whatever I need to stuff in it – toiletries, since I’m a carry on fanatic; assorted cords; a book; and even a pair of running shoes, for example. Not to mention a gossamer-thin Gore-Tex rain jacket that can be stashed in the zippered front pocket which has a handy drain duct. There’s also room for a thin but warm fleece, since it’s always the chilly month of January when you’re mid-flight. There’s a side pocket for a water bottle, as well as an inside zippered compartment for a passport, with a key ring, and various organizer pockets. The padded sleeve for a 17 inch laptop works just fine. A discreet side zipper leads to a pocket that’s built for an iPad. I’m a big fan of the fleece-lined front pocket for sunglasses, and whatever else I can put in there, like a blow-up neck pillow. The bags has ergonomically shaped shoulder straps, an adjustable sternum strap and a padded back panel. The size is right, the design is smart, and it has everything you need and nothing that you don’t. $119

Merrell Filson Convertible Sandal

Men’s sandals are back in vogue, but I want a pair that can do double-duty as true footwear, supporting my foot and giving me traction wherever I may go. Merrell, which is currently promoting diversity in the outdoors with their One Day, One World, One Trail campaign, has launched a partnership with Filson to produce the Merrell Filson Convertible Sandal, with canvas straps a la Filson, Merrell Air Cushion and compression molded EVA footbeds. They are comfortable and ultra sturdy, and seemingly indestructible, and should last for years. $120


Fourlaps Extend Short & Level Tee

Fourlaps have quickly become my favorite travel workout clothes, both because of their light weight and because they are so well made. The five inch Extend Short is ideal for hot weather workouts. Made from 84% polyester and, 16% spandex, they stretch, they have an elastic waist and drawstring, they’re quick drying and they have a wicking and anti-microbial brief liner. The rear zipper pocket is handy to stash an electronic room key card.  Pair it with the new Level Tank, a mash up of polyester, wool and elastane, which utilizes Fourlaps 37.5® technology, which helps warm you up when you’re cold and cool you down when you’re hot. Extend Short $68. Level Tank $68.

FITS Socks

Summer workouts on the road mean socks that can go the distance. If it’s really hot, I happen to like FITS Ultra Light Runners, which are uncushioned and barely there. They’re also temperature regulating, moisture wicking and quick drying. $15.99. For walking around new city streets, something with a cushion is called for, and their Micro Light Runner Mini Crew does the trick. $19.99

5 Travel Clothing Essentials For Your Next Trip – Forbes

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