Travel essentials for Michael Strahan, Rufus Wainwright and other stylish men.

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What do stylish men such as Michael Strahan, Rufus Wainwright and Tom Colicchio consider travel essentials? They tell you below.

Michael Strahan

Former New York Giant, current Fox National Football League analyst, future “Good Morning America” co-anchor

The carry-on: I’m a big fan of carrying a backpack when I travel, so that I can carry a lot of stuff and be hands-free. My Tumi backpack is one of my favorites because it’s durable, lightweight and has a lot of compartments.

Tech gear: I like the Master & Dynamic MH40 headphones. I also watch a lot of movie screeners when I fly to do research on upcoming guests at work.

Travel wear: I’ve been traveling in one of the jackets from my athleisure line, MSX. I like it because it’s lightweight but also very warm.

Accessories: I always travel with a pair of sunglasses. Right now, that’s a pair by Matsuda, style M3023.

Extras: I like Kiehl’s no-shine lip balm because, well, it doesn’t have a shine. And I like Kiehl’s Crème de Corps. The lotion makes my hands as soft as a baby’s bottom. And call me old-fashioned, but I love reading a hard-copy newspaper.

Tom Colicchio

Founder, Crafted Hospitality; chef, restaurateur

The carry-on: It’s a Billy Reid leather bag. What I like about it is that it’s got the dual zippers on the top, so when you load stuff in, stuff stays pressed, because it’s flat on top. It’s also black and durable leather, and it’ll wear really well.

Tech gear: I have the iPad Pro. It’s great because it does everything a laptop does, but it’s much thinner. On there, I have my books, magazines and whatever I’m working on. Also, I don’t type well, so I have a pencil, which I just bought. You can write notes right on the screen, and it actually works. Earlier versions, the pencils never worked. I also have a great pair of inner-ear headphones. I am a bit of a headphone snob. I used to have Ultimate Ears for a while, but then I lost them. I’d heard about Shure ones and went into an airport store and picked the 535s up, and they’ve been great.

Travel wear: I have a tendency to travel in a white button-down shirt. I don’t know why. It’s habit, I guess. Billy Reid makes a good one. So does Brunello Cucinelli.

Extras: I don’t drink on the plane. If I’m on a long, long flight, Ambien is key. But you have to be careful about taking it too much. I’ve lost my wedding ring on Ambien before, and I never take the ring off.

Vic Mensa

Chicago-based rapper

The carry-on: I have a Louis Vuitton carryall. It’s the classic monogram joint. I’ve been using this bag for eight months.

Tech gear: I’ve got these red Beats Pro headphones, so I can listen to my music. I listen to my own stuff all the time to change it or to work on it. I have a 13-inch MacBook Pro. I’ll edit music on that. I like writing on the plane a lot. I write on my laptop. It’s an uninterrupted place where I’m literally suspended in the air. It’s a good time to focus.

Travel wear: My usual outfit might be ripped black Saint Laurent jeans and these super-ill black Saint Laurent leather boots. I call them my cowboy boots, my cowboy swag. I have these ill vintage tees that I buy from a place on Melrose and Fairfax.

Extras: I’ve always got the Malcolm X autobiography with me. I was given this book by this poet, Aja Monet. She’s like a sister to me. She gave it to me when I was 16. It changed my life, and it’s a foundation for a lot of my principles. Also, I’ve been carrying Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five.” I like to read physical books. I have a journal called the King of All Stress. That’s where I’ve been writing my crazy life down in.

Rufus Wainwright with his favorite bag, a Gucci with striped handles, in New York in May. (Andrew White/The New York Times)
Rufus Wainwright with his favorite bag, a Gucci with striped handles, in New York in May. (Andrew White/The New York Times)

Rufus Wainwright

Singer, songwriter, Judy Garland revivalist

The carry-on: I have a Gucci bag that I got years ago at an event. It was actually a gift bag. The handles are the Gucci red-and-green-stripe kind of thing. It’s black and quite baggy and soft.

Tech gear: I have fallen prey to Beats headphones. I’ve been wearing these hot-pink ones that are the Nicki Minaj style. I know. I also have the Beats sound system. It looks like a big pill. I bring it everywhere. Of course, you need your world Go Travel Worldwide adapter. I can charge up my phone no matter where I am.

Travel wear: There’s a lavender-pink tie in this bag. It’s a pretty color. You could say it’s bisexual or multisexual. Men can wear pretty ties these days, no matter who you are. You could be a raging fascist or a drag queen. Then I have extra socks. I have terribly stinky feet. (It’s inherited.) I have to change my socks twice a day.

Extras: Because I’m quite light-sensitive, I always have to have several eye-patch things that I get from the various airlines for when I want to sleep. Sad to say, I don’t smoke nearly as much as I used to. But I do keep one pack of Marlboro Reds for that occasional late-night need, maybe after a big show. I also have a pen — Tumi makes a really nice one — for when I’m writing my material. I like to write with a pen and paper. I try to do that as much as I can. I do have sleeping pills. I do take Ambien occasionally. What I don’t have anymore, which I used to keep, are Xanax pills. Those are a little too fun. So I have an empty Xanax bottle and a full Ambien bottle.

Andrew Smith

Detroit-based designer; executive director, global, Cadillac design

The carry-on: I have a Tumi in black with brown leather trim that’s actually quite small but has loads of space in it. I like the fact that it’s kind of structured but not formal.

Tech gear: I have an iPad Mini with a few magazines and digital subscriptions in there. I also just started watching the second season of “12 Monkeys,” and I’m watching “Orphan Black.” For headphones, I don’t like the big ones. I have a pair by Beyerdynamic.

Travel wear: For shoes, I wear some suede ankle-high trainers/boots by Clae. I also have a Ben Sherman shirt — a button-up chambray — that I love to wear on flights that my wife probably hates by now.

Extras: Another thing I always get, and really only at the airport: I buy Monocle magazine. It’s a treat. I typically also take a couple of novels. I just bought “The Soul of an Octopus.” I also throw in a couple of things I take from home. Being Australian, I always take some Vegemite and also Berocca. It’s good for jet lag and for curing a hangover.