Guide to holiday packing for men

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Mar 15 2020
Glamour Guide to holiday packing for men

By Navin Gunasekara

I'm constantly travelling; if it's not for work then, for leisure to get away from the hustle and bustle of Colombo. I often find myself staring at the clothes in my cupboard wondering what to pack and usually end up packing way too much. However, as of late I've been trying to travel lighter. But, there is always the fear of what if?

So, here is my guide to holiday packing:

Swim shorts

Whether you're by the beach in Ahangama or trying to spot leopards in Yala, chances are there is going to be a place to take a dip either in a pool or the ocean. A good pair of swim shorts is therefore essential. 

The long swim shorts are no longer cool and neither are the speedos (rightfully so). Get yourself a tailored short style swim shorts either in plain colour or a subtle pattern.


This is something I can't live without. There are certain items that are a must and sunglasses are one of them. Not just for obvious practical reasons, but a nice pair of sunglasses can make an outfit.

Plain t-shirt

An essential item in your wardrobe, a plain t (in whatever colour you prefer) is super versatile. It can be paired with shorts, jeans, chinos or basically anything else.  

Cuban shirt

Another must have essential. Not only because it's in fashion these days but also because it's another versatile piece of clothing that can be worn unbuttoned to the beach or with a pair of shorts or pants in the evening for dinner and drinks. Make sure it's a light, breathable material in a summery print or stripes.


This is another must have for me when I'm on holidays. It's great for hanging out in the hotel or villa. It's light, comfy and cool in this warm weather. I suggest going either plain or two-toned colour.

Pair of shorts

Chinos or jeans are optional when you're on holidays but a good pair of shorts is a must. Go for something that is comfortable in a plain colour. That way you can pair it with both the t-shirt and floral Cuban shirt you've packed.

Pair of slippers

Like the chinos and jeans, shoes are optional when on holidays; unless you plan on hitting the gym or going to one of those fancy places where you have to dress up for dinner. I would however invest in a nice pair of slippers. 

Depending on where I'm going, I like to pack two pairs - one bright and colourful one for the beach and one black or blue pair that I can wear elsewhere.


These are obvious ones but pack a toothbrush, deodorant and shaver. Oh, and don't forget your phone charge and if you really need it, then your laptop and of course a few pairs of clean underwear.

Hope you find my holiday packing tips useful and as always don't forget, your attitude is as important as your look.

God bless!

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Mar 15 2020

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