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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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