12 Best Men’s Clothing on Amazon for Frugal Travelers

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    Whether you travel once a year, once a month, or once a week, I bet you have clothes that you pack again and again. Timeless pieces that store easily, are easy to care for, well made and versatile.

    After writing My 11 Favorite Women’s Wardrobe Basics for Frugal Travelers, my photographer/travel buddy Kevin challenged me to find some men’s basics in the Amazon Essentials catalog. Always ready to take up a research challenge, I accepted. I knew it would be easy.

    10 must-haves to do list

    To make it to this list of essentials for thrifty travelers, each Amazon Essentials item must

    1. Have a classic and timeless design
    2. Be made of lightweight, easy-care material, pack well, and be machine washable or washable in a hotel room sink
    3. be well built
    4. Be available in a wide range of sizes
    5. Be available in multiple colors
    6. Be portable for more than one occasion while traveling
    7. Be portable with other Amazon Essentials I’ve selected
    8. Be a good buy
    9. Be rated four stars or more by Amazon customers
    10. Have Kevin’s Men’s Travel Wardrobe Seal of Approval

    With Kevin’s coaching and extensive research through the Amazon Essentials catalog, I’ve put together a list of men’s basics that will fit in your suitcase for every trip without breaking the budget. In the process, we’ve proven that you can look stylish and appropriate without spending a lot of money on travel clothes.

    Mens Basics for Frugal Travelers


    “Dress in layers”, we are often advised. This is sound advice that works for most climates around the world. Lightweight pieces make the best layers. Go to bed in the morning cool and shed layers as temperatures rise. Each piece can be worn alone or with something else. I prefer to have cotton or silk next to my skin. Most of these diapers are made of 100% cotton.

    1. Fleece vest

    Buy now $28.60

    One of the most usable garments on the list, a fleece vest is a hero. Wearable in all but the hottest temperatures, a vest helps keep your core warm. They can be worn over shirts (#6), turtlenecks, sweaters (#8), light jackets and t-shirts (#3). Plus, a fleece vest is a useful addition to your suitcase on snowy days or desert nights.

    This 4.5 star rated vest features a full length zipper and two side pockets. It is available in two materials, polyester and recycled polyester; both are machine washable. Sizes X-Small to XX-Large are available in 23 solid colors and six patterns. Some colors have an additional zippered chest pocket. Less than $27.

    2. Cardigan Sweater

    Buy now $26.30

    At home on the golf course or at a casual dinner party, a cardigan can be paired with Brooks Brothers trousers or a pair of faded jeans. Always in style, this five-button, front-pocket sweater is a classic addition to a travel wardrobe. Wear with a collared shirt, polo shirt, turtleneck or t-shirt. This one is light enough to wear under a blazer or outerwear.

    Kevin and I love this 4.6-star rated sweater because it’s 100% cotton (an all-weather fiber). It’s machine washable. Eight colors are available in six sizes – X-Small to XX-Large. Less than $26.

    3. T-shirt

    Buy now $17

    T-shirts are worn around the world, an international fashion statement and a wardrobe staple for men, women and children. Under a shirt or as a casual shirt, t shirts are very versatile. When traveling, t-shirts can go for the beach or layer under a collared shirt, cardigan or even a blazer with jeans. Add one as a top for pajamas.

    Again, we love them because they’re 100% cotton (except for the Heather color, which is 40% polyester). Well-made knit shirts are machine washable and rated 4.2 stars by Amazon customers. They come in 41 sets of two. There are 40 colors to choose from. You will find six sizes – X-Small to XX-Large. Less than $17.

    4. Reservoirs

    Buy now $16.40

    Another multicultural garment, tanks are worn by men and women around the world. Wear it as a fourth layer in the snow or as a shirt at the beach. I saw a photo of a girl wearing her husband’s tank top as a dress.

    These 4.5 star rated tanks are 100% cotton (yay) and machine washable. They come in six packs, either all white or three black and three gray. There are six sizes – X-Small to XX-Large. Less than $22.

    5. Lounge/Sleepwear

    Buy now $32.70

    PJ, pajamas, jammies, sleepwear, sleepwear, nightgownsWhere nightgowns, whatever you call them, you’ll need them on the go. Kevin and I love them because, you guessed it, they’re 100% cotton and machine washable.

    These versatile garments can be worn for sleeping, lounging and working out. According to some people, they’re perfect for a 2 a.m. descent to the ice cream aisle in the supermarket.

    The long-sleeved t-shirt and drawstring pants are flannel. The nine different sets come with a solid color shirt and patterned pants. There are five plaids, penguins, pandas, squirrels and polar bears (perfect for that ice cream raid). Rated 4.5 stars, choose from six sizes – X-Small to XX-Large. Less than $32.


    6. Button down shirt

    Buy now $21.70

    A long-sleeved, button-up, collared shirt can run the gamut, from the office to the bowling alley, from hot dogs to five-star restaurants. A button down shirt will be well used on the road. Wear it with jeans (#9), chinos (#10) or pants (#12).

    Kevin liked basic white and I liked black, but the 100% cotton shirt comes in eight solid colors and 17 checks. The 4.4-star rated shirt is available in six sizes – X-Small to XX-Large. Less than $21.

    7. Polo

    Buy now $17.10

    Whether you wear it alone or under a blazer or cardigan, a polo shirt is always in style, especially in one of the non-traditional colors like coral orange.

    Amazon customers have rated this 4.2 out of five stars. The regular fit 100% cotton shirt is also available in a slim fit. There are 37 solid colors and 12 patterns available. Choose from 14 sizes, X-Small to 6X-Large. Less than $17.

    8. Cotton Sweater

    Buy now $22.90

    Bring a cotton sweater instead of a sweatshirt. They take the same room, but the cotton sweater will get more wear. The cable knit of this Amazon Essentials piece reminds me of the wool fisherman sweaters I’ve seen in Ireland this spring. The 100% cotton version will be comfortable in a wider range of climatic and social situations.

    Wear it alone, over a tank top, over a collared shirt, or under a blazer (#11) or outerwear. Rated 4.5 stars, choose from six sizes – X-Small to XX-Large. Less than $28.


    9. John

    Buy now $34.30

    Jeans are another one of those global fashion statements. You will see them everywhere you travel. Dressed or casual, jeans are necessary for most travelers’ wardrobes.

    Out of hundreds of styles, these were the favorites due to their durable construction and fabric. Made from classic cotton, they also contain 2% spandex. It helps them keep their bootcut shape and relax a bit after that fantastic Italian meal. Rated 4.3 stars, choose from 46 sizes with waste sizes 28-42 and lengths 28-34. Under $50.

    10. Chinos

    Buy now $24

    Chinos are lighter and a little above blue jeans in terms of style. Between jeans and pants, Kevin prefers chinos for most of our travels, finding them easier to wash and dry.

    The Amazon Essentials chinos have a flat front with a regular fit. Made of 60% cotton and 40% polyester, they are rated 4.3 stars by Amazon buyers. Choose sizes 28-60 and lengths 28-34. Under $23.


    11. Blazer

    Buy now $69.90

    Totraditional style blazer can replace a light jacket. This is another one of those garments you’ll see in most places you travel. Never out of fashion or out of place, a blazer can take you from sightseeing and jeans (#9) to fine dining and slacks (#12). Wear it with jeans, chinos or trousers and the shirt of your choice.

    Available in black, charcoal and navy, the one-button coat is made from 100% synthetic fibers with just a little stretch for comfort on a long flight. The blazer is rated 4.4 stars by Amazon buyers. Eight sizes from 38 to 52. Under $78.

    12. Pants

    Buy now $25.42

    A a pair of trousers can get you through most dressy occasions, especially when paired with your blazer above (#11) and a crisp white shirt (#6). Swap out the blazer for a cardigan (#2) for a smart-casual affair. Add a tie to the shirt for some business meetings.

    These pants are available in polyester and recycled polyester. Both materials are available in 10 colors. Select sizes 28-60 and lengths 28-34. Rated 4.4 stars Under $33.

    Why Amazon Essentials?

    • All products with the Amazon Essentials label have been Amazon’s top sellers, top rated, and highest quality. Amazon partners with the best to manufacture and label the Essentials line based on what consumers want.
    • The consistent sizing of all Essential garments is a feature that I appreciate. I noticed fewer returns due to sizing issues with Essentials. Thanks, Amazon!
    • All products are 100% guaranteed and can be promptly returned or exchanged. Some Essentials have a “try before you buy” feature. Have it shipped; if it is not correct, replace it or send it back. If you love it, keep it and pay the bill.

    What we wear on trips is an individual choice based on taste, destination, activities and budget. For thrifty travelers like Kevin and me, timeless pieces that pack away easily, are easy to care for, well-made and versatile make the perfect travel wardrobe.

    Hope you find your perfect travel wardrobe and then hit the road for a new adventure.

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