Travel Packing Tips and Tricks

If you’ve been following along with our Save the Planet, Wear Sustainable tour, you know all about our buddy Drew (AKA Dr. Drew) – Toad Customer Service Sorcerer, and leader of our first leg of the tour. Fresh off the road, we couldn’t think of a better expert on summer packing. So our Superstar Web Merchant Lindsay sat down with Drew on our most recent episode of Toad Hacks (check out today’s Insta Story to see their chat IRL) to talk packing tips. Here are the highlights, plus some bonus tips ’cause we love ya.

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BEFORE YOU GO

There are a couple of things Drew suggests you do before you head out to keep it simple and keep it sustainable once you Bon Voyage.

  • •Pre-trip recycling – If I buy something before a trip that comes in a wrapper or box (like a new phone charger or stick of deodorant), I make sure to recycle the packaging before I head out. Not everywhere has a streamlined recycling system, and this guarantees it makes it in the bin.
  • •Unplug before you…unplug – Before I leave for an epic adventure or a little R&R, I unplug the electronics in my house. It helps with my electricity bill and cuts down on energy usage, because did you know that electronics can steal power even when they’re turned off? Those sneaky little things…

 

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THE CHECKLIST

Check it once, check it twice. Drew never hits the road without these essentials.

  • •Headlamp – It’s second nature to remember socks and underwear, but you never know when an extra light will come in handy.
  • •Power converters – It’s so easy to forget that you might need adapters depending on where you’re traveling. I keep these close to my passport to remind me when I pack.
  • •Layer it up – When it comes to clothes, it’s all about finding the right layers to get you through any situation. Plus, choose versatile options that work as well hiking and exploring as they will going out to dinner.
  • •Shoe bags – Bring shoe bags (or better yet, recycled shopping bags) to keep clothes from mingling with dirty soles.
  • •Stay organized – I don’t go anywhere these days without these packing cubes (genius invention). They’re great for separating groups of clothes when packing, but I appreciate them most when they double as dirty clothes hampers to keep the stinky clothes from going AWOL all over my good ones. Plus, the 3 cubes weigh less than 2.2 oz total, so no stress about packing extra weight.

 

ALWAYS KEEP IT ECO

As a master of eco-conscious living, Drew always keeps these tips in mind.

  • •Utensils – Nothing bums me out more than a bunch of single-use plastic. At the minimum, I keep a spork on hand but when I’m feeling extra I’ll travel with my whole utensil set.
  • •Water bottle and beer mug/coffee cup – I’m a thirsty guy, but I’m not going to sacrifice the planet to wet my whistle. A reusable water bottle’s a must, and my beer mug easily doubles as a coffee cup.
  • •Pack light – Not only will your back thank you from saving it from major suitcase schlepping, but going easy on your bag weight is way better for the environment. The more weight a plane (or a train, or a car) carries, the more fuel it uses, so keep that bag lean.

 

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FAVORITE TRAVEL PIECES

We asked Drew and Lindsay to share which Toad pieces are on their summer packing lists.

  • •Drew – I lived in the Rover Short while I was on the road. I love these shorts because they clean up well, but they’re also super durable, quick-drying, and retain their shape.
  • •Lindsay – I love the Liv Dress for travel. You can take it from a hike to dinner super easily, plus it won’t wrinkle, no matter how rumpled your packing gets. Plus, it’s quick-drying, AND has pockets, so it really has everything you need for any sort of adventure.

 

For more hacks from the man, the myth, the doctor, check out Drew’s tips for car camping.

 

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Modern Travel: Be Yourself Everywhere

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The days of the travel costume are over. Goodbye zip-off pants, safari shirts, neon windbreakers and mesh side panels. Hello cool patterns, little black dresses, sophisticated button-downs and updated chinos.

We think good travel clothing should have all the characteristics of the clothes you love to wear everyday: comfortable, flattering, great colors and easy to wear. Now add some travel-friendly performance fabrics and super-sneaky stash pockets and your favorite everyday clothes just became your favorite travel gear. Wear a drirelease® polo hiking or to a music festival. Toss on a wrinkle-free sundress when you’re stuck in the middle seat or strolling cobblestone streets. Do more with less. That’s what it means to Modern Travel.

Our Modern Travel criteria is simple:

Low-maintenance 

No one wants to be bogged down when they travel. Whether it’s lugging a bag halfway across the world or carrying a daypack, less is more. Our travel styles resist wrinkles and look great after a full day of activity or straight out of the bag. We use ultra-light and quick dry fabrics mean a rogue summer storm won’t slow you down, and wash your clothes in the motel sink for perfectly clean threads by morning.

Long-haul Comfort

Performance fabrics aren’t worth it if they don’t feel great against your skin. We use Organic Cotton and Tencel® fibers for their silky-soft, moisture wicking features; light and durable polyester for its wrinkle and water resistance; and a dose of spandex or a special polyester yarn for easy stretch. Lightweight weaves have a nice pucker built in to keep you cool if the day is hot, while soft jersey knits are excellent for easy layering when the weather is unpredictable. Special denser knits allow for multi-day wearability without flagging, sagging or bagging.

Stealth Performance

Great fabrics are the key to great clothes. Our travel fabrics are treated with Ultraviolet Protection to smack down rays, drirelease® odor control to keep you fresh and DWR (durable water repellent) finish for speediest dry time and featherweight wind and rain protection. Go ahead, hike up a mountain in that little black dress.

Super Packable

Roll it up, jam it in a bag, pull it out, give it a fluff, wear all day, repeat. Lightweight clothes that don’t wrinkle are clutch for day hikes, commutes, or the trip of a lifetime. And versatile styles are key to minimal packing. Neutral colors match nearly everything and look great on the trail, at the monument, in the café and around town. Pack one shirt for a whole week of activities. One bag, endless possibilities.

Styling That Lets You Be Yourself Everywhere 

We design our travel wear so it’s easy to dress the way you want to, just like you do everyday. Detailed hems, necklines, silhouettes and beautiful fabrics make you look polished and easily adaptable to any environment while still actively accommodating your next move. And hidden zipper stash pockets are just that – hidden! Sometimes in the waistband or inside a pocket, zipper stash pockets keep your valuables close without calling attention to them – a travel must.

From your office around the corner to the trail at the edge of the world, always be prepared and be yourself wherever you go. Welcome to Modern Travel.

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Wisper Double Tank,  Transito Skirt
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Left: Lightness Dress Center: Sojourner Jacket Right: Onrush Polo, Rover Short
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Left: Whirlwind Dress Right: Men’s Sojourner Jacket, Wonderer Shirt, Igneous Short
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Left: Allisa Dress Center: Wisper Double Tank, Transito Skirt Right: Wonderer ShirtBoarding Pass Pant