The Rake’s Guide to Surviving International Travel

Top tips to help you tackle trips in comfort, safety and supreme rakishness.
Left to right: Michael Caine, Shakira Baksh, Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen at Heathrow Airport, 28th February 1972. (Photo by Paul Popper/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

According to ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu and more recently, countless bikini-clad Instagram influencers, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” In our experience, that step very often takes place at home, moseying over to the wardrobe and starting to pack your bags.

Ideally, you’ll want to keep your travel kit to a single checked suitcase and one carry-on. “Even when I’m doing one of my bi-annual USA trunk show tours, where I’m gone for up to four weeks, I try and keep my personal checked luggage to one large suitcase,” says well-travelled cordwaining scion, George Glasgow Jr., CEO of George Cleverley.

It seems only apt to start by asking Glasgow for his footwear advice. “I’ll pack a pair of workout sneakers and a pair of loafers — maybe alligator, something that I can wear with jeans but that would also work with a suit or trousers. And then for more formal occasions, wearing a suit, I’d bring a pair of Cleverley Churchills in an antique bourbon or dark-brown finish. They’re more versatile than black shoes,” Glasgow reckons.

To keep benchmade footwear in good condition on the road, Glasgow recommends using a lightweight wooden shoe tree. “We developed an adjustable beechwood shoe tree a few years ago that I find perfect for travel,” Glasgow says. “They’re very light but ensure your shoes maintain their shape and are propery dried out after each wear.”

Published

February 2022

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