pants don't wear out...
my first solo trip to Europe I
bought a pair of Misty
microfibre, five- zipper pockets.
They were absolutely wonderful!
On the days I would need my passport,
Eurorail pass, airline ticket
or large bills I could put them
in one of the lower front pockets
(zipping them up, of course).
Having two of these lower pockets
meant I could carry documents
in one and large bills in the
other. The two regular side pockets
were for smaller bills, handkerchief,
change, pen etc. It really sounds
like I was paranoid -- I was.
I was nearly 70, travelling alone
and had read many travel stories
of pickpockets. It worked perfectly
and they have been part of my
wardrobe ever since - giving me
years of worry-free travel. Unfortunately,
my luggage (pants included) was
lost by the airline and Misty
Mountain no longer makes the pants
in microfibre -- however there
is a replacement fabric that they
use that is pretty good. I have
worn these pants like a uniform
in hot and cold weather, away
and at home. In the heat of Florence,
Italy I never felt hot. In cooler
weather, long silk underwear will
see you through. Oh yes -- one
further advantage -- I have yet
to have to repair them. Website:
Nancy, Parry Sound, USA
pants become shorts...
pair of convertible nylon pants is my
favourite travel clothing. I own three
pairs, one always comes on my trips.
It dries fast, washes easily and can
be pants or shorts depending on the
weather, without having to find a changing
room. My navy blue pair is McKinley,
slightly dressier, my very casual hiking
kakhi is Misty
Mountain and my beige
Officio, the shorts
are long, good in certain countries
when I want to be more covered.
Maryse, Vancouver, Canada
on, zip off pants...
best travel clothing is a pair of black,
"zip on/zip off the bottom"
hiking pants from Eastern
Mountain Sports. The
waistband is elastic with a built in
belt, there are lots of pockets for
security and easy access, and they dry
quickly when wet. Since they are black,
they easily blend in at night as street
pants. When we hiked in Ireland, my
mom and sister had to stop and put on
the rain pants, but I left my rain pants
in my backpack and my Eastern Mountain
Sports didn't stay wet for long at all!
The fabric is non-wrinkle and the fit
is comfortable. Easy wash and wear.
Love 'em! Website: www.ems.com
Barrie, Lawrenceville, NJ, USA
about my pants...
am passionate about my latest edition
of travel pants, and would never leave
on a trip without them. My current love
is a pair of black Patagonia
pants I found (after a long search of
many outdoor clothing stores) at Europe
Bound in Oakville, Ontario.
Traveling as often and as lightly as
I do, I am very particular that my clothing
must do double or triple duty before
it comes on a trip, and these pants
pass the test. They stand up to a hard
day of hiking, yet, topped with a nice
shirt, easily and stylishly go into
a restaurant or club at night. Easy
care, fast-dry, well-tailored and wrinkle
proof, they will definitely go on many
more trips. Websites: www.patagonia.com
Karen, Mississauga, Canada
River pants are the best...
pants, from Mountain
Equipment Co-op in
Vancouver. They're so lightweight and
just perfect for tropical travel. They
dry in seconds (it seems like) after
being soaked for whatever reason. For
me, that's usually from crossing a river
on foot, or falling into said river.
Nadine, Vancouver, Canada
have found, two pairs of Anne
Klein slacks, to be
invaluable! One beige, one navy, fine
matt finish poly fabric, breathes and
moves as you walk. Hand wash easily,
dries without creases. Bought in Hawaii
in 2003 and still going strong!
Kyranie, Melbourne, Australia
couldn't dream of going travelling with
a pair of Katmandu
zip off pants. Casual, comfortable,
quick wash and dry, good in hot or cold
conditions. Check out at www.kathmandu.com.au
Cordura NCS nano-dry. Mine have done
five overseas trips since 2002 -- that's
24 weeks of travelling.
Barbara, Darnum, Victoria, Australia
with deep pockets...
best travel clothing-- the ones that
go everywhere with me is a pair of RailRiders
Women's Adventure Pants.
There come in three colors -- birch,
khaki, and black. RailRiders are comfortable,
lightweight, fast drying, and versatile,
with deep pockets to keep wallets safe.
Ann, Plymouth, USA
stretch blue jeans...
never leave home without my Northern
Reflection stretch blue
jeans----they are comfortable and casual
or can become dressy by adding the right
blouse or jacket. Northern Reflection
blue jeans are available in most cities
across Canada and the USA. Website:
Joan, Rivers, Manitoba, Canada
bike shorts are a must...
simply cannot travel in hot and humid
climes without my bike shorts, usually
I suffer in the heat with skin chafing
(snidely called chub rub), and the shorts
save my thighs! I wear them under all
Debbie, Brooklyn, USA
Always pack bubbles for Africa...
an Asian art historian, I often travel
to Africa where child beggars have become
a way of life. I don't want to ignore
these little people nor do I like to
support their begging habits, either.
Instead, I pack bottles of soap bubbles
which solves my problem beautifully.
Believe me, nothing is more fun than
to share this bubble-blowing activity
with village children. They have a great
time, we all have nice memories and
sometimes I get the best photographs
while we play.
Barbara, Chicago, USA