winter, I take a black cashmere cardigan
everywhere. It is lightweight, warm,
elegant, can be worn with everything,
over a nightgown -- it's a robe, rolled-up
-- it's a pillow.
Kathy, Moshav Givat Yearim
(near Jerusalem), Israel
3 in 1 Macabi skirt...
like to tell other Journeywoman readers
about this magical 3 in 1 piece of
clothing. My Macabi
Travel Skirt is the
one piece of clothing I always pack.
I own three in different colors. They
can be made into pants, shorts, or
used as a skirt. I can walk on the
beach in shorts in the AM, hike in
pants in the afternoon and go to dinner
in a long skirt without ever changing
if I don't want to. I love them.
Linda, Fullerton, CA, USA
have a simple, black cardigan with
rhinestone buttons that I always take
when I travel. I purchased it on clearance
a few years ago. Why I always have
it with me is that I can wear it when
I am cool, wear it to cover my shoulders
when I enter churches or other places
that require the shoulders to be covered,
it is large enough to use as a light
blanket on planes or trains, and the
rhinetones make it dressy enough to
wear to a spontanous night on the
Hannah, Dayton Ohio, USA
My sweatercoat is the best...
travel everywhere with a 3/4 black
cotton sweatercoat by Victor
Costa. Not only is
it warm enough for the temperature
variations in airplanes, it's cozy
enough to double as a coat in, say,
Rome or Florence, in the fall. It
doesn't hurt that it has white embroidered
flowers on front and back, and never
fails to elicit compliments, even
though it is several years old. (Got
it through QVC,
an American online shopping network
that carries all kinds of great items,
including designer clothes, by the
Maria, Apple Valley, a suburb
of St. Paul, USA
vote for a long sweater...
always take my long (to my knees)
cardigan sweater with me. I wear it
on the plane, sleep under it occasionally,
use it as a house coat, roll it up
for a pillow, and have had a picnic
on it. It's a multi-coloured acrylic
with big black buttons, so it doesn't
show dirt, and washes to look like
new. I've had it twenty years, and
never travel without it.
Wendy, Mississauga, Canada
great travel raincoat...
would like to tell you about my fabulous
waterproof travel raincoat from Travelsmith
that I bought on sale for $15.00.
I wore it in hot weather in upstate
New York in the rain, in cool Autumn
weather in New York City over a light
sweater and in cold weather in Rhode
Island. I added a fleece vest in Rhode
Island. This was all on the same trip.
The lightweight, washable raincoat
has a detachable hood and a pouch
to carry the coat. When I pack the
coat in the pouch, I use this as a
pillow behind my back on the plane
or in the car. It is my favorite and
most useful piece of travel clothing.
And it was a real bargain besides.
Janice Fraser, San Francisco,
raincoat goes everywhere...
have a Harve
Bernard 3/4 length
rain coat. Dark green -- it co-ordinates
well with all my wardrobe, provides
good wind break but is dressy enough
to wear in the evenings. Great rain
wear for a variety of temperatures
- warm sweater under it: for cold
Jo, Vancouver, Canada
raincoat is the best...
best travel clothing is a black packable
raincoat from Talbot
that I bought several years ago on
sale. It folds up into itself with
a cleverly hidden zipper. It has a
silky feel and never wrinkles. It
looks fine with jeans and with dressy
clothes. I often wear it to work and
I get many compliments. I will miss
it when it finally gives out. It stood
up to blustery Irish rain very well,
as well as to dismal Syracuse, NY
Ruth, Syracuse, New York,
love my crocs...
best travel clothing is a pair of
Crocs. Why? Because these shoes are
comfortable and versatile, come in
great styles and colours and are very
light weight. I take them on long
flights to wear when my feet swell.
When the weather doesn't allow them
to be worn outside they can always
be used by poolside, in public showers,
around the hotel room etc. Website:
Paula, Edmonton, Canada
one piece of clothing that I always
take along while traveling is a jean
skirt. It can be used casually and
also dressed up a bit. It is also
easy to pack, wrinkles very little
and is comfortable to wear.
Bea, Minneapolis, USA
Pack a one-piece for Samoa...
careful not to expose your belly button
or thighs In the South Pacific. The
part of the female body from the navel
to the knee is somewhat taboo in this
part of the world. Local women might
wear shorts, but generally with a
lavalava (sarong) tied loosely over
them. Even wearing a two-piece bathing
suit will attract considerable negative
attention here -- particularly outside
of the more urban areas. A one piece
is always best and even then you may
want to play it safe. Swim with a
lavalava wrapped around your chest
or waist and you'll be considered
very culturally correct!
Aimee, New York, USA