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The Best Men’s Basics for the Road

There’s no excuse not to dress your best while traveling. Basketball shorts and cheap t-shirts might have fit the bill when you were in middle school, but you’d be surprised by the confidence an Instagram-worthy away-from-home fit can bring. Here, 16 essential items to throw in your weekender now.

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Todd Snyder Japanese Chambray Button Down

Casual does not mean sloppy and with this short-sleeve chambray shirt, Todd Snyder knows it. Headed to the beach or park? Throw it on with a pair of swim trunks or shorts and get to finally putting a dent in that novel you promised yourself you’d read.

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Warby Parker Downing Sunglasses

Stick out from the crowd of wayfarers with these tortoise-shell frames. Whether your travels lead you to an active pier or a music festival, they'll protect your eyes in style.

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Need Crew Neck T-Shirt

A classic crew neck tee is one of the most versatile items in your wardrobe and upgrading from your usual three-pack makes a world of difference. Pair this 100 percent cotton bad boy with a blazer and dark jeans; it’s perfect for a board meeting or casual lunch.

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Uniform Wares M37 Two-Hand Watch

The best part of vacation is getting away from the real world, and there's no better way to accomplish that than by leaving your phone in your hotel room. Forget the excuse of needing it to tell time and task yourself to throwing on a watch. We're fans of this simple, sleek ticker from Uniform Wares.

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A.P.C. Standard Jeans

With meticulous attention paid to quality, Japanese raw denim has risen to the rank of style standard. Splurge a little on this slim-fit pair from A.P.C.—we promise you'll be wearing them practically every day.

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Adidas Samba Sneaker

If you’re spending all day traveling, you might be tempted to throw on your ugliest pair of running shoes. But rather than do that, you can get comfort and fashion all in one with Sambas from Adidas. The iconic sneaker has been around the block since the ‘50s for good reason.

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Everlane The Classic French Terry Pullover Hoodie

Forgetting your hoodie on vacation is practically an emergency, so travel prepared with one that’s stylish and cloud-soft. Pick up Everlane’s French Terry pullover and we guarantee it'll be your go-to item on the road.

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Herschel Supply Co. Coast Tarpaulin Duffle

Life is too short to wait for luggage, so step off your flight and skip the baggage claim by traveling with this trendy duffle. The clip-fastening roll top offers more room than appears, making it ideal for long weekend trips.

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Gitman Brothers Vintage Classic Oxford

Every man should have *at least* one blue oxford in his closet, and this one Gitman Brothers’ aces every test of quality. Their versatile button down can be worn practically anywhere you're headed—be it a wedding or a divey pub crawl.

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Bonobos 'Weekday Warriors' Slim Fit Chinos

Like it or not, there are some travel days—from romantic dinners to networking events that your boss forces you to attend—that require a bit of dressing up. This wrinkle-resistant pair of chinos from Bonobos is as sharp as they come, so you can show off your polished sense of style to a room of suits or your hot date.

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The North Face Throwback Tech Baseball Hat

If you don’t want to worry about throwing pomade on before hitting the continental breakfast, try this simple cap from The North Face on for size. An adjustable strap helps distinguish it from your typical dad cap, but it still offers a timeless, easy-to-wear silhouette.

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J. Crew Ludlow Cotton-Linen Blazer

Trying to travel spontaneously? We're totally with you. But hitting the road sans blazer may cut your options—think: scoring a sudden last-second reservation at a Michelin-starred spot—short. This unstructured blazer gets the job done right and is light enough to not be a burden in your bag.

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Y-3 Black Logo Tote

Throw aside that tote you got for free and upgrade your look with this bag from iconic streetwear brand Y-3. A detachable shoulder strap comes in handy for long days of shopping and lends your passionate picnic edge.

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Common Projects Polished-Leather Cardholder

The best place for your chunky wallet is the trash can. Common Projects is known for future-proofing everything they make and their clean cardholder will turn you into a minimalist. Carry only what you need on your next trip–your back will thank you.

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Saturdays NYC Everyday Melange Sweater

Whether your destination is hot or cold, it never hurts to have a fashionable sweater in your bag. Reach for this cotton-linen lightweight option from SaturdaysNYC and coordinate it with a pair of loud shorts for a confident look.

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UO Terry Fleece Joggers

Sometimes the best part of a long travel day is finally getting back to your hotel room so you can plop into bed. Complement your relaxation with these terry fleece joggers from UO. On top of being cozy, they look good enough for nightcap at the downstairs bar when the FOMO hits.

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