ANATOMY OF THE EVERYDAY OVERNIGHT MAN BAG
The trick for every well-prepared gentleman on the go is the perfect (Everyday) Overnight Bag.
How often do you find yourself in a late night study session or throwing your hands up in surrender thanks to the five o’clock rush hour? Sometimes guys simply need a break from the grind and this is where having the perfect Everyday Overnight Bag will come to the rescue. Whether you’re a gym buff or a debonair after-hours bourbon man we have tips that will ensure you’re well prepared for the all-important social escapes that fuel your daily grind. A few essential pieces plucked from your drawers will make your post work social life effortless to prepare for.
Here is a visual breakdown along with some helpful tips on how to pack the savvy man’s bag for all occasions.
1. The Bag
Enter the standard duffle bag. They are normally about 16 to 24 inches in length and a width of 26 inches to accommodate a pair of shoes and a decent wardrobe. I personally endorse the J Crew Abington Duffle at $198 due to its’ ability to handle all situations inside and out, but I understand a more sensible price point can serve the same functionality.
So what goes inside?
Here are the essentials:
- Under Armour 10′ Gym Shorts
- Under Armour Tech Gym Shirt
- Nike Lunar Glide 4 Running Shoes
- Adidas Samba Casual Shoes
- Bonobos Mocc Socks
- David Beckham Bodywear Boxer Briefs
- Levi’s 513 Rock Wash Jeans
- Zara Striped Polo
- Bonobos Classic Saddle Leather Brown Belt
- Bareskin Active Towel
- Old Navy Printed Flip Flops
3. Essential Toiletries
- Toothpaste and a toothbrush other than the one currently in your bathroom sealed in a proper container so that it doesn’t stain your clothes
- Travel size deodorant and facial scrub for the post workout or morning after
- Wet wipes
- Liquid body wash
4. Extra Toiletries
- Cologne or body spray
More often than not, I find myself dilly-dallying during the five o’clock rush hour. Instead of spending 30 minutes bumper to bumper, I cash in on the extra time at the gym. The 30+ minutes you would have wasted is optimal workout time. The flip-flops come in handy to avoid catching a fungus, which is among us, on gym shower floors.
The non-gym items, will accentuate your buff-ness, post-workout. This allows you to be ready to meet up with your lady for dinner, or possibly, a random honey at a bar with the guys. Either way you are prepared to take your post-work social life by the horns.
Though this may seem like a lot to fit in one bag, you can opt to tailor your duffle to your post work agenda if you have an idea of what your late night activities are about. The basics are covered, in this occasion.
So ask yourself….Are you prepared?