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Looking awesome while traveling in a carry on bag is tough.

The TSA has a vendetta against hair gel, it’s impossible to pack more than one pair of boat shoes in a carry on, and silk shirts wrinkle when you roll them. But carry on travel is about more than ease, comfort, and efficiency. It’s also about looking like a freaking boss, and nothing says, “I’m a travel king that knows what the hell I’m doing,” like a sharp dressed man breezing through security checkpoints like a dapper pinstripe ghost with a well-put together dopp kit.

I’ve seen a ton of great travel tips for stylish ladies – which is awesome – but what about us fellas? If I see another scruffy guy in zipper pants/shorts and hiking boots at the Eiffel Tower I’m gonna lose it. It doesn’t have to be that way, guys. You can look great on the road – even with a carry on!

Up your travel game with this dapper dude packing list full of essential grooming, wardrobe, and style tips to ensure that you’re the best dressed guy at your hostel.

Dopp Kit Essentials Packing List

Here’s the short version, read on to “unpack” it.

  • Bosca Dopp Kit Bag
  • Harry’s Shaving Kit
  • Travel Bottles (3-pack)
  • Gold-infused toothbrush (seriously)
  • Marvis Classic Mint Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Malin+Goetz Deodorant
  • Gold Bond Medicated Powder
  • Hurraw SPF Lip Balm
  • Sun Bum Sunscreen Face Stick
  • Baxter Pocket Comb
  • Aspirin 2-pack
  • Nighttime Sleep Aids
  • Ear plugs
  • Electrical Tape
  • Swiss Army Nail Clippers
  • Refillable Atomizer (swag for days)
  • Condoms

Dopp Kit Bags

The clothes may “make the man,” but the toiletry bag “makes the man smell good on a layover.” As much as we like to focus on chic travel clothes, a truly dapper traveler puts their focus into their bathroom bag—or dopp kit—first and foremost. And if you don’t know what a dopp kit is, read on, friend. It’s time to embrace the finer things in life. Here are four of the best travel toiletry bags on the market.

Ultralight Dopp Kit

TOPO Designs Dopp Kit ($19)

dopp kit

This little pyramid shaped bag—the flat bottom design is great for smaller shelves—has all the style and sophistication of an expensive designer bag in the portability of a ziploc bag.

Water-resistant with a wrist loop strap and sturdy zipper, this bag is great for weekenders, and at just 3.5 oz, you’ll hardly even notice it in your bag. Click to continue…

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Saint Patrick’s Day is just about a month away and now is a great time to plan a little late winter-early spring getaway to celebrate with green beer, clover leaf kitsch, and and your “Kiss me, I’m Irish!” shirt. This year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday, which provides the perfect excuse to throw a few things in your Outbreaker travel backpack and take a long weekend. Fly out Thursday after work, and be back Sunday night late.

St. Patrick, a priest and missionary to the Irish pagans, died March 17 461 CE. Hence, St. Patrick’s Day and the celebrations occurring on the day of his death. At first, March 17th was a religious holiday. According to rumor, Americans are the ones who turned this somber religious day into a drinking fest mashed with a parade.

The rest, they say, is history… and lots of green celebrations happening the world over.

In no particular order, here are 10 of the best destinations to visit to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day:

Dublin, Ireland

Ah, the motherland; let’s start here. It doesn’t get better than St. Patrick’s Day in green Dublin. This is the St. Patrick’s Day trip to make your other St. Paddy’s Day trips green with envy. (Green, get it? Ha.)

For more in-depth reading, Cailin, of Travel Yourself, has great tips for making your Dublin St. Patrick’s Day trip a success.

Why are you still reading this article? Just go and experience Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day already!

Best Irish Pub

Want the true old-fashioned Dublin pub life? Go to Grogan’s. Enjoy a Guinness at an outdoor table or inside at their bar where famous Irish writers once chased the muse in a pint glass.

Need something a little harder? Opt for The Palace Bar in Temple Bar. Upstairs, it’s a temple dedicated to Irish whiskey.

Must do:

  • Festival Treasure Hunt: Explore Dublin on an urban treasure hunt as you solve clues and see a new side of Dublin.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Starting at 12:01 p.m. on Friday, March 17, this St. Patrick’s Day parade is full of spectacular pageantry and imagination brought to life. Best advice: get there at least an hour early for a good spot.
  • Wander Dublin at Night: In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Dublin goes green. As in, many of the iconic buildings are lit up by green lights at night.
  • Guinness Storehouse: Tour the original location of the Guinness beer factory, but do it before or after the 17th. This tour is not to be missed.

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Since I was thirteen years old, I’ve been 4’11’’. Whether this is the gift of scoliosis, gymnastics, genetics, or pure luck, I have no idea – but that’s my height. I’m happy being shy of 5 feet. As a public high school teacher I heard the best gossip in the halls because no one saw me coming. As a shopper, I benefit from being able to wear kids’ size clothing and shoes. And as a frequent traveler, I have plenty of room when placed in a middle seat on a flight. The trouble I come up against, however, is finding a grown up style backpack that fits little ol’ me.

Finding backpacks for small torsos isn’t easy. When researching options, you find many articles geared to petite and small women. Then upon opening them, there are comments about being 5’1’’ or 5’3’’ and although I know they’re helpful to many – for me, this is still a struggle.

In 1996, I backpacked Europe after university. At the time, there were few sturdy backpacks that even came close to fitting me and nothing in the realm of women specific sizing. Comparing that giant, heavy, duffel bag that was constantly strapped to my back, pulling on my shoulders and wreaking havoc on my already crooked hips to today’s options is like comparing elephants to apples.

Today’s versions have women specific sizing, sturdy straps, lightweight frames, pockets upon pockets, removable hip belts and can be adjusted by each wearer.

I remember that first backpacking journey well. It was my first venture to Europe, my first venture with a guidebook and no net, and my first true foray into traveling on my own terms. But when I think about the actual pack (if you can even call it that), I wind up wondering how different that schlepping might have been had I had the technology of today.

Two decades later, I’m in the market again.

After a few visits to REI, online research, and conversations with friends who have similar issues, here are a few tips in searching for backpacks for petite women with small torsos. Click to continue…

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