I’m in the early days of what will be a six-week trip throughout Europe and the US. I will head back to my home base in Buenos Aires after finishing up this trip. So far, I’ve been in Geneva (business) and Rome (pleasure) and now Florence (even more pleasure).
Because this is a combination business and pleasure trip, I’ve been obligated to bring a few things with me that I would normally not on a personal trip. This includes my work laptop and other associated electronics, necessitating a computer backpack (I know, it’s not stylish, but I frequently find myself walking a lot from meeting to meeting, and my computer is heavy and unsuited for some kind of leather messenger bag). I also have with me my trusty Skyroll, in which I transport my suits, dress shirts, and shoes. Is this a stylish piece of luggage? No. But it gets the job done.
The same can be said of my big-ass Osprey backpack, in which I have four T-shirts by American Giant, tons of socks and underwear, two Uniqlo undershirts for use when I am wearing a suit, a pair of Levi’s 505 jeans in a dark denim, a pair of LL Bean 1912 khakis, which are by far the best pants you can wear while on a plane or a train, a pair of junked Old Navy khakis for use in rough and tumble situations (like riding a horse, which is what I wore them for last month in Mendoza, Argentina), a pair of blue stretch chinos by Bonobos, a navy blue cotton sweater by Brooks Brothers, and some Nike clothing for use while working out.
As far as shoes go, I’ve been wearing my trusted Clarks driving shoes, which are looking a little worn but are very comfortable, a pair of Merrell Trail Gloves for working out, and a pair of waterproof Clarks boots for rainier or more rugged situations. I also have a pair of dress shoes and just bought another here in Florence, Italy. As far as a jacket goes, I have with me only an LL Bean raincoat that stows in its own pocket. Wearing it is unpleasant because it doesn’t breathe at all, but it keeps me dry.
I also have with me my Tanner Goods wallet, a pair of Serengeti sunglasses, and, best of all, my Bell & Ross WW1-92 watch, which I absolutely love.
So far, everything has held up beautifully and I’m pleased to say that I seem to have packed very sensibly.