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Fashion

What you wear matters when you travel – Here are 4 tips!

February 12, 2016

When people think of travel, sometimes the last thing on their mind is fashion. Sure, the thought comes up when packing, but too many people don’t think about it enough when choosing what to wear while travelling. There are quite a few factors I’ve noticed that are important when it comes to fashion and travelling.

Whether it’s what you wear to board a plane or perhaps your hiking gear, each part of travelling warrants its own set of fashion rules that are important to comfort, and sometimes, culture.

Here are some points to remember when packing for your next trip, no matter where you might be headed.

  1. Comfort (and safety) is key

Yes, this point might seem like a no-brainer, but too often people forget that comfort spans from your head to your toes. For example, if you are headed somewhere cold, it’s important to remember to pack socks that are thick enough to preserve your warmth. This article gives great insight on exactly how to keep your feet warm in winter, with tip #3 talking about special socks. On the subject of safety: Stay away from open-toed shoes unless you’re at the beach.

  1. Keep culture in mind

Depending on where you are heading, you will want to do some research on the cultural dress of the area. The last thing you want to do when visiting another country is to offend them,especially if it’s because of what you’re wearing. Like this article describes, wearing shorts in Jordan has the same effect as if you walked around Bournemouth or Baltimore in your underpants. Also keep in mind that when travelling to a Muslim country, it is customary for women to cover their heads.

  1. Splurge when necessary

There are certain clothing items that are worth the extra money, and there are others that you can skimp on without it really affecting its usefulness. It’s important to splurge a little on shoes, like many of the hiking boots highlighted in this collection, because they’re better equipped to handle the elements. They’re also built for endurance, giving you more bang for your buck. Items you may not need to splurge on include a hat, T-shirts, and liner garments, as many of these pieces are similar no matter how much you spend.

  1. Packing light comes in handy

There is nothing worse than over-packing or, even worse, over-packing and only wearing about one-fourth of the things you brought. Especially when it comes to backpacking, the weight you carry is essential to your trip. I like this article that helps amp you up to get in the right “packing mentality.” There are useful tips on which technique—folding, rolling, or bundling—is best for each type of suitcase or trip.

  
If you liked this post, check out my tips on ‘How to pack for a year’.

 

Travel, Travel Advice

How to pack for a year.

February 8, 2014

How do you pack for a year?! The easiest way is, don’t. Pack for an ‘extended holiday’ instead. I’m talking three bikinis, not ten and remember to take clothes that can worn day and night.

The biggest mistake I made last time was to just pack for summer. Apparently it rains in Australia, who knew?! So this time I’m taking a pair of skinny jeans and a leather jacket. I know I’ll still buy winter clothes as it gets colder but I like to feel a little prepared.

Anyway back to packing, living out of a backpack is not fun but Ikea sell these genius packing bags which are an absolute dream for keeping your bag organised.

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They hold so much stuff and fit perfectly in my bag. I love knowing where everything is and I never have the trouble of tipping everything on the floor to find a pair of socks. As you can see they come in 4 useful sizes and the mesh material means you can see inside them. The best thing is that they are so cheap! Thanks Ikea!

I’ve filled one of mine with toiletries. I know some people say to only take mini shampoos etc but I think if you have the room to take full size you might as well. I realise you can buy everything once you’ve left but Australia is a expensive country and I would rather save as many pennies as possible i.e spend it on goon instead…

Lifestyle, My Life

Leave work!

January 5, 2014

It’s been an exciting few days for myself and Stu because we’ve both handed our notices in at work! I was extremely nervous about handing mine in but it was a huge relief to be able to finally talk about my travel plans with people at work. It makes the trip seem that much closer now I know when I’m leaving work.

With February 12th getting very close I decided to have a bit of a mock pack today. It’s a good idea to do one 6 weeks or so before you leave as it highlights the things you need and the stuff you definitely don’t need anymore of (4 pairs of denim shorts anyone?). Packing got me really excited but there’s still 4 weeks of work to get out of the way until the final preparations!

Today I also applied for my working holiday visa. It’s really easy to apply online but not so easy parting with $420! There’s so much to pay for before you even fly! A round the world trip is not something you can do on the cheap…

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