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Travel Accessories for Men: The Top 7 Summer Travel Essentials

Travel Accessories for Men: The Top 7 Summer Travel Essentials

Summer is coming.

Hmmm… that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. Let’s try this intro again.

Summer’s all about sunny days, cool drinks on the patio, and travelling. Whether it’s a weekend camping trip, a vacation with the family, or backpacking through South America, wherever you’re going this summer, you gotta be prepared to max out the fun.

Whatever destination you’re heading to, you need make sure you pack these 7 travel accessories.

A Trusty Backpack

Of course you have to use the bag that makes the most sense. You’ll need a big hulking suitcase on wheels if you’re gonna be gone for an extended period of time. And a big multi-day pack is essential for a long backpacking trip.

But you won’t want to take these with you when you’re out exploring for the day. That’s why you need a solid backpack. It’s more practical than a basic weekend bag or a murse. Look for a backpack that’s ergonomic and try it on to make sure you can wear it comfortably.

Find a backpack that has lots of easy to reach pockets to keep the rest of your travel accessories.

Funny enough, if you’re in need of a backpack, BluMaan is giving away an awesome travel  backpack from Herschel Supply Co. filled with all sorts of goodies. Enter the giveaway here: BluMaan Spring Giveaway .

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(Photo: Herschel Supply Co.)

Stay Hydrated with a Water Bottle

When you’re out and about under the hot sun, it’s important to stay hydrated. Not drinking enough water can leave you weak, dizzy, and confused.

But you also don’t want to buy water every time you’re thirsty. It’s nice to just drink out of your water bottle and refill when you need to.

Portable Battery Charger

Sunset’s coming and you need to head over to the perfect spot so you can take a picture. But your camera batteries need to charge! Run out; grab your gear, and your portable charger. That beautiful sunset waits for no one.

First Aid Kit - just in case...

We’re not talking about a kit that paramedics carry around. Just a small kit with disinfectant, band aids, and maybe gauze. Accidents do happen.

Fight Sweat, Wear Natural Fibers

We don’t pay much attention to it, but recognizing what our clothes are made of can really help us out. Choosing the right clothes can be the difference between being a fresh traveller and a sweaty puddle of mess.

Wear natural material like lightweight cotton and linen. Athletic wear like tapered pants look great and some have moisture wicking properties.

Same goes for shoes.  Adidas Ultra Boost for example are a great option when you're walking a lot in a hot environment

Travel Accessories for Men The Top 7 Summer Travel Essentials

(Photo: @enzo_hamma)

What should be in your travel toiletry bag?

Place these grooming essentials in one bag to carry along with you during your adventure:

  • Hair Styling Product - How about the Original Styling Meraki? Totally biased, I know, but think about it. It works as a pre and post-styler AND it protects your hair from the heat. It's like three products all in one jar.
  • Travel-sized refillable bottles for your shampoo and conditioner - Most hotels don’t provide great shampoos and conditioners. Get your own bottles and fill it up with your favourite shampoo and conditioner.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste - Gotta stay fresh when you’re trying yummy local cuisines.
  • Deodorant - I hope I don’t have to explain this one.
  • Small razor and trimmer - Bring these unless you want to take this opportunity away from home to grow out your facial hair.

Alright, I’m pumped. Writing this made me excited to travel this summer. What do you think guys? Got any travel recommendations for me?

What about you? What are you up to this summer?

Remember to enter the BluMaan Spring Giveaway ! Safe travels!


(Cover photo: @timmy727)


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Product FAQ

Original Styling Meraki

How long does it actually hold?
In our tests Original Styling Meraki held for between 10 hours and 2 days, depending on the hair type. We have tested the product on a dozen knowledgeable community members and the results were that the product held for significantly longer than other popular products. That being said, keep in mind that there are tons of hair types so hold might vary depending. Some may give more or less hold than the people tested so far.

How is this better than the other products?
This product took months of work to create exactly what the online style community asked for. Original Styling Meraki is as close to the consensus of an ideal product as we could possibly make it. I mean for real… it took us 5 different teams of chemists to come up with a product we’re proud to present.

Will it work for my hair type?
Original has been tested on wavy, straight, thick, thin, coarse and fine hair. It has proven to provide all day hold for the hair types tested. If your hair type is particularly extreme, it may not have been tested yet. Although not tested, there is a chance Original won’t work on balding, thinning, or naturally very very thin hair. Standard thin hair was tested and it performed great for this hair type. While likely not being perfect for 100% of hair types, Original is more versatile than all or nearly all high hold products for hair types.

How long does it take to apply?
Thanks to it’s naturally based components, Original Styling Meraki is considerably less sticky than many other high hold products. That being said, brief stickiness may be felt when applying to thicker hair. Any sticky feeling felt upon application will disappear within 10 minutes of the product setting into the hair. It does not leave your hair feeling dry or crispy.

Will it pull on my hair? Is it sticky?
The product does not significantly pull on hair when applied. It is a high hold product so you will feel it during application, but it is more creamy than sticky. Any sticky feeling felt upon application will disappear within 10 minutes of the product setting into the hair.

Are there any harmful chemicals?
Of course not! We don’t condone harmful chemicals and therefore would never release a damaging formula. Original has many plant extracts and is a NATURALLY based product.

Does the product wash out easily and is it water soluble?
It’s not 100% water soluble, but it does come out of the hair easily when washed with shampoo. During testing the product washed out with shampoo for everyone. Some people found that it came out with just water, but some people needed shampoo. The product is water based and behaves like other water based products.

Does it appear greasy or shiny?
Original Styling Meraki has a matte finish, it is not greasy or shiny

How do I know how much I should use?
This depends entirely on your hair type. You will need to experiment as thin hair will require less and thicker hair will need more. It is a relatively strong formula that does not require more than your average strong hold product. We recommend to start with a small amount and add more as needed.

Who specifically is this for?
People who want healthy hair that holds all day with a "no-product" look finish.

Who specifically is this NOT for?
People with thinning hair, people who want a slicking style with shine, people who prefer not to have volume in their hair and dem no good haters.



Does it look natural?
If you use a little it gives you a natural glow, and if you use more the product provides medium shine.

Does it look greasy?
No! The product gives a tasteful shine.

Is it oil-based or water based?
Water based.

How long does it take to apply?
30 seconds to a minute.

What is the “hold” of this product?
This is a medium hold pomade. Keeps hair in place without being too heavy.

How long does the hold last?
All day!


Cavalier Clay

How long does the hold last?

Clay provides texture, grittiness and hold. Great for that messy, relaxed look

Is this product right for me?

This product works well for people with medium to coarse thick hair.

How is it different from wax (i.e. Original Styling Meraki)? Isn’t Original Styling Meraki a high hold product?

Cavalier Clay gives a heavier hold for people with medium, thick, coarse or wavy hair (like Joe). It also has a higher hold than Original Styling Meraki.

Grittier and with much more texture.

Can the clay be used as a pre-styler?

Generally no. Clays can be a little heavy and many people prefer lighter product for that. That said it all comes down to your own personal preference.

How is it different from other clays?

Cavalier Clay is a traditional clay, that is on the heavier side. It also contains organic oils and natural proteins to nourish your hair and prevent dryness.

Will the clay wash off as easy as Original Styling Meraki?

It may not wash out as easily as BluMaan’s Original Styling Meraki. But compared to other clays, Cavalier washes out pretty easily, you’ll remove most of it with just water and shampooing takes care of the rest.

When will I receive the product (B2C orders)?

The product has been manufactured. Shipping within the US takes about 5-7 Business days after shipping out. International deliveries vary and is estimated at two weeks for delivery.

What happens if it doesn’t work for me?

If you’re not 100% satisfied with your product we will take it back within 30 days.