The gentleman’s top 10 travel secrets

25 May 2017

Work and travel go together like check shirts and chinos. However, when it comes to traveling, especially doing the domestic Johannesburg to Durban or Cape Town route, you don’t have the luxury of time to check luggage in. So you need to make the most out of the compact carry on bag you have. That’s where the genius of dressing smart comes in. By choosing items that blend seamlessly together, you can create multiple looks with just a few items. But don’t take our word for it, we asked Jonathan D’s brand ambassador Charma Maluleka to share his top travel tips.

Tip #1 The Shirt. Depending on how many days you’re planning on travelling for. You’ll need a versatile shirt for every day. That means a shirt that’s subtle enough to wear with anything like a light blue or grey colour.

Tip #2 The Suit. You’ll only bring one jacket top and trouser combo. When you’re not wearing them together, you need to make sure you can wear each separately and that they’ll work with different items. For instance, wearing your jacket top over your light blue shirt with a pair of jeans. Same goes for your trousers.

Tip #4. The Knit. Luckily, knits are quite light and easily fit into tight spaces. When choosing your knit, make sure its colour complements the rest of your wardrobe, that way you can wear it with anything.

Tip #5. Denims. Always, always bring your favourite pair of denims because they’re easily dressed up or down, allowing you absolute freedom to dress for any occasion.

Tip #6. Accessories. Watches and sunglasses are must-haves. Next up, beanies and scarves. If the weather’s really cold, you can always bring a jacket, just wear it so it doesn’t take up too much space in your bag.

Tip #7. Make lists. From clothes to passports, important documents to PCs, making a checklist before you walk out the door is a must.

Tip #8. Eat well. Food-on-the-go isn’t always the healthy choice and when you need to function at your best, you need to feel your best. Eat a well balanced meal before you travel or take a packed lunch.

Tip #9. Early does it. Leave early, get to the airport early and relax with the day’s paper while the world around you rushes by.

Tip #10. Stay hydrated. Coffee, airplanes and air-conditioning. All these things dehydrate you, which gives you a headache and leaves you feeling sleepy. So, bottoms up.