Essentials for the Travelling Man


From Cape Town to Dubai and any destination in between, a journey best travelled is a journey prepared for. Here is a list of 13 travel essentials every man can rely on for a business or leisure trip.


A good hat is an essential asset in a man’s travel arsenal. Make sure to take one along for protection against the sun or to add a bit of flair to any outfit.

Hat, R700, Simon and Mary


A pair of sunglasses is a basic necessity in “Maslow’s law of travelling”, so you can take in the view in comfort on sunnier days.

Sunglasses, R2 090, Ray-Ban at Sunglass Hut


Learn Swahili or French, or stream podcasts while en route – simply use a set of earphones for any audio media.

EarPods, R529, Apple at iStore


No matter the destination or the occasion, a good scent should remain a staple in any hygiene kit.

Mr Burberry EDT, R1 395 for 100ml, Burberry at Red Square

Power bank

A power bank can be the difference between capturing that once-in-a-lifetime memory or answering an important cross-country call, or missing them. Invest in a fully charged power bank for any trip.

Power bank, R499, Frasers


There’s nothing quite like a road trip or long-haul flight with the soundtrack of your choice in your ears. It’s the stuff movies are made of.

iPod Nano 16GB, R3 099, Apple at iStore


It packs in countless nifty necessities in the palm of your hand – such as Google Maps to help you get around, language apps for a quick translation, a calculator when you need to work out exchange rates, and so much more.

iPhone 6, R11 999, Apple at iStore

Snap-ready camera

A good-quality camera is a solid investment if you want to document your travels and experiences. Play around with the effects and lenses to capture timeless memories.

Camera and lens, R5 300, Nikon, Dion Wired


Call them lucky or simply comfy, a trusted pair of socks comes in handy when temperatures drop at night wherever you are or as part of your formal ensemble for an impromptu elegant night out.

Socks, R90, ToePorn

Neck pillow

Long-haul flights can be unkind to your neck, and a neck pillow ensures minimal discomfort. They’re easy to find, light and easy to carry.

Super bean pillow, R329, Frasers

A good book

While waiting for your connecting flight or when enjoying some downtime on the balcony of your hotel room in a foreign city, catch up on some reading.

Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama (Broadway), R185, Exclusive Books


Writing about your travels can bring a new perspective to your journey, and what better way to do so than in a journal? It also comes in handy for any important information or details.

Journal, R150, CNA

Passport holder

Having your travel documents safely packed and organised can reduce a lot of stress at the airport or simply when getting around in a different country. A good passport holder gives you easy access to your passport and usually has compartments in which to store other important documents.

Passport holder, POR, Tumi

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