If you are a stylish gay traveler preparing for a trip to somewhere exciting, do you know what you need to keep in your luggage? This guide help you.
Bring your own condoms
Please note that the size of condoms in Asia is usually smaller. This isn’t about racism; it’s about biology. And there is nothing wrong with that because bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better anyway.
You don’t want to take a health risk, so you must bring your own condoms when you are ready to go to Asia. This is a must-have for all gay travelers.
Having said that, sometimes you might run out of condoms even if you have brought your own. In this case, you can still go to a local supermarket in Asia and look for high-quality condoms.
For example, condoms made in Japan are usually high-quality products because the Japanese are detail-oriented – everything they do has to be very accurate. Also, you may find more details on condoms made in Japan, e.g. different flavors, specific patterns for various sensations, etc.
Of course, if you go to an upmarket international supermarket in Asia, you may even find condoms that are imported from western countries. In this case, the size can be right for you if you are a western gay traveler.
But you don’t have to overthink because you already know that condoms are made of rubber – the flexibility is real. Therefore, you should be all right as long as you can get condoms.
Download Findle app
Since Findle app is the best gay travel app on the market, you will meet a large number of gay travelers via this app. For example, if you would like to go to a gay sauna in New York City with a local guy from New York, you can talk to a gay guy on Findle before going to New York.
Another example is when you are already in a new location, you can find gay friends on Findle then and there, e.g. you have arrived in London and you are looking for local gay men in London – all you need to do is to download Findle and get started.
Because Findle uses GPS to identify each member’s location without sharing everyone’s exact location, you can meet like-minded gay travelers in a safe way – everyone only shares which city they are in on Findle app.
Clearly, this is an effective way to have at least one lover in each city you visit while traveling the world.
Bring a capsule wardrobe
What is a capsule wardrobe?
Well, that means a collection of several essential items of clothing which don’t go out of fashion, e.g. T-shirts, jeans and coats – these can be augmented with certain pieces.
According to New York Times, decision fatigue is commonplace among modern travelers, including gay travelers. Decision fatigue refers to the exhaustion caused by having to make too many decisions every day.
Kate Watts, founder of Origin Collective, argues that everyone has to make approximately 35,000 decisions every single day – some of these decisions are made by the subconscious mind of course. Anyway, decision-making should be streamlined if we’d like to live a happier life.
Therefore, as a gay traveler, you’d better minimize the number of decisions you need to make each day while you are traveling the world. This includes knowing exactly what you should wear every day.
And this can be easily achieved by having a capsule wardrobe.
For instance, if you are going to Sydney, you can bring several T-shirts and pants as well as one coat, because Sydney can be hot during the day and cold at night. Also, as long as your basic items of clothing look classic, you can accessorize your outfit by adding a trendy scarf or a stylish necklace easily.
Bring filtering questions
Talking about decision-making, I’d like to discuss the importance of having your own filtering questions because when you are going to different places, perhaps each day you have to make a lot of decisions & that can cause anxiety to some degree.
Here is a list of filtering questions that are used by many gay travelers –
- Does this activity bring me more joy?
- Does this activity improve my health and well-being?
- Does this activity bring me more s*x?
- Does this activity give me more power?
- Does this activity bring me more money?
- Does this activity help me meet more like-minded gay tourists?
- Does this activity introduce me to local gay men in Amsterdam/Barcelona/Seattle/….?
Of course, you can also use the wisdom of your body. If you don’t know whether you should do something, you can ask your body for help because your body has the best intuition.
You can train your intuition by practicing asking your body questions such as “Should I go to XYZ gay bar tonight?” If your body feels spacious and grounded, the answer is yes. If your body feels some kind of contraction, the answer is no.
The more you train your intuition, the stronger your intuition becomes.
I know this sounds a bit woo-woo, but it has already been backed up by science recently. Modern men just have talked themselves out of their own intuition, although their intuition is always right.
Now it’s time to work with your body’s wisdom and make decisions faster! You can also improve your intuition by doing daily meditation in the morning.
Bring a notebook
Yes, you can keep a list of filtering questions in your notebook or journal so that you can refer to them any time you want. I personally use Moleskine notebooks made in Italy because they are high-quality products that can last for a very long time. Many gay travelers that I know also prefer Moleskine journals.
The reason you should bring your notebook is because writing down your thoughts when you are traveling the world is a good way to improve your well-being, according to scientific research in Australia.
Based on the research, journaling is a positive habit that can promote positive mood because when you are writing down things on your mind, it’s a bit like a brain dump. Otherwise, your thoughts are always in your head, which may stress you out.
Statistics show that those who write a journal entry per day feel happier, get healthier and live longer. This may surprise you because such a small daily habit is very powerful. Yes, the study also indicates that people who write blogs online also benefit from their writing as it is a type of meditation as well.
So, if you are not a fan of pen and paper, you can totally start a gay travel blog on the Internet and just bring your laptop with you while traveling the world. But the only problem is your blog can be seen by anyone online, so if privacy is a concern, you’d better bring a pen and a notebook instead!