Every second counts.

True for track and field, true for getting to your gate — and your destination — in the timeliest manner.

That means applying for Global Entry. Skipping the taxi line and hailing an Uber. Wearing laceless shoes.

And most importantly, packing light. Like, really light. If you return home with an unworn garment, you’re doing it wrong.

Three things to remember:

  • Invest in a good weekender. Leather. Built to last. None of those roller jobs. The efficient man’s bag should be lashed to his person. It’s physics.
  • Every top you pack should match every bottom. Max output, minimum input. You can wear three different outfits with no more than four articles by doing this.
  • All the small things. Loafers over boots. Earbuds over headphones. Kindles over iPads. In a vacuum, none will save you that much space. But together, they add up.

(1) Timberland Premium Denim Weekender

Leather bottom. Premium Cone denim upper. Generous but economic main pocket fits a weekend’s worth of wardrobe with room to spare.

(2) The Perfect Tank Top by Alternative Apparel

Butter-soft Pima cotton fits like a second skin. Simple colorways (heather grey, Lima blue or the Breton stripe seen here) pair easy with everything from swim trunks to a solid-color lightweight blazer.

(3) Goodlife Scalloped Crew Neck Tee

"Scalloped" means the bottom hem sits lower in front and back than it does at the seams. A little detail that makes the look dress up easier and the fit more flattering (looking at you, #dadbods).

(4) GANT Melange Roll Collar Sweater

The perfect sunset-on-the-beach sweater. Loose-weft cotton breathes easy. Assuming no rain, this is the closest thing to an outergarment you'll need for a long summer weekend.

(5) Solid & Striped Kennedy Trunk

What we love about this two-snap navy swimming short: it's virtually indistinguishable from a two-snap navy non-swimming short. Which means you can purpose it as such.

(6) Suit Supply White Trouser

White-pant season is in session. Don't let it pass you by. Why? Because they go with everything (including every top in this bag). Except dirt. Avoid dirt.

(7) Jack Erwin Ernie Driving Loafer

Comfy. Easy on-and-off to get you through security in a flash. Equally at home on a pooldeck or the parquet floor at your steakhouse of choice.

(8) Amazon Kindle 6"

Many will contest that the Kindle has been outpaced by tablets. But on beachside readability, it still reigns king with its genius glare-free display. And if you need your device to do more than that while you're on vacation, you're doing vacation wrong.

(9) Warby Parker Ormsby Sunglass

Save your $500 statement shades for weddings, yacht parties and the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. WP's frames look good but won't break your bank, so you can toss them in your bag without sweating a scratch or two.

(10) Alex Mill Peaked Lapel Sportcoat

What a paper-thin unstructured blazer won't do: show every man, woman and child behind you a darkish heat map of your sweat glands. What it will do: spruce up your white trousers and loafers enough to get you a good table at the country club.

(11) Dry Seersucker S/S Shirt

Full disclosure: your correspondent is wearing this shirt as he types this. It's impeccable. Weighs about nothing. Maintains that signature seersucker starchiness through multiple washes.

(12) Octovo "The Purist" Wallet

The “less is more” mantra shouldn’t end with your carry on. Case in point: this super-light Italian veg-tan billfold with just enough room for all your necessaries (credit cards, ID, room key).

(13) SkullCandy Chops In-Ear

Listen, we like our big bass-kicking over-the-head cans as much as the next man. But in the name of space-saving, we're leaving 'em behind for the weekend. Alternative: these snug but still punch-packing in-ears by SkullCandy. Unlike backless buds, they stay in your ears when you're on the move.