wash and wear skirt...
favourite, most comfortable, most
useful piece of clothing that always
travels with me, in my hand luggage,
is a flouncy, black skirt with tiny
flowers on it. I bought it in a
market in Tel Aviv, years ago -
it has no brand name. I wash it
and hang it up to dry - no ironing.
It changes character, depending
on the tops and accessories I wear
with it. So, I can wear it to sightsee,
to vist friends, to eat in restaurants,
to go to concerts. And I always
wear it when shopping in markets
so that I can slip a pair of trousers
on underneath it, as most market
clothing stalls don't have fitting
Laya, Ramat Hasharon, Israel
love my Colombia skirt...
best piece of travel clothing is
skirt that I bought in January 2004.
It is a dark grey material and,
although it is long, zips off into
a knee length skirt. It doesn't
stain, repels liquids like red wine,
and has been worn and will continue
to be worn in many different places
and situations for dress up and
also dress down. Website: www.www.Colombia.com
Michele Hampton, Guelph,
pashmina shawl can be bought anywhere.
I got mine in Delhi at Ahujasons,
where they specialize in shawls.
It is a blanket on flights, a coverall
in chilly airports, a pillow, a
muffler, a wrap to dress up an outfit,
a head covering for mosques.
Sameera, Hong Kong
shawl from a lover...
piece of clothing has interesting
memories attached to it. My one
piece of clothing that always travels
with me is an almost white pashmina
shawl that was given to me by a
lover who got it from this spiritual
organization for whom he was shooting
a home video in Turkey in a very
very cold winter. I use it as a
wrap, as a blanket, or as a beach
towel, depending on the climate.
Alexa, Toronto, Canada
vote for a shawl...
is probably not original, but I
always travel with a black pashmina
shawl (that I bought in a drug -store
in New York years ago) - it is invaluable
to wrap up in when cold on the plane
or elsewhere, and can be worn over
light day clothes to carry on into
the evening etc. You can fold it
up and use it as a pillow, etc etc....
Jennifer, Ramat Gan, Israel
best pareo (sarong)...
favorite piece of clothing that
ALWAYS goes into my suitcase is
a black print rayon pareo that I
once bought in Puerto Vallarta.
It's the most versatile piece in
my bag, and it's been all over the
world with me. I use it as a bathing
suit cover-up, an extra skirt, a
shawl, a quick-drying beach towel,
sheet, tablecloth, blanket, etc.,
etc., etc. The print is a subtle
taupe/brown/blue one that looks
very sophisticated if the occasion
calls for it (the opera in Vienna),
and yet it's casual on the beach
(in Hawaii) or for touring (in South.
Sandy, St. Paul, Minnesota,
is a tip for travelling in Asia
but can also be useful anywhere.
I always take an elegant, although
not expensive sarong (piece of fabric
like a shawl) with me. In Burma
it served as a shawl during cool
evenings, in Vietnam as a skirt
at the beach, in Nepal I used it
as a sheet in the lodges on the
Annapurna trail, in Pakistan it
turned into a modest covering for
the head and in India it transformed
into a handy bag to carry the market
vegetables back to the house. One
piece, many uses.
Sibylle, Melbourne, Australia
take a shawl & a sarong...
one item I never leave home without
with is a decent shawl.....you can
dress it up or keep it casual. It
keeps you warm when you don't need
a cardigan, looks classy when you
wear it out, keeps you warm on the
plane, you can wrap it around your
skirt or dress as a fashion statement...
the uses are endless. On my last
trip to Tonga I had a hard time
keeping it to myself! A close second
is a decent sarong. It adapts as
a skirt, casual beach wear, blanket
on the plane or to just lie on it
anywhere! And the beauty of both
is they are lightweight, easy to
wash & dry and take almost no
space to pack... what can I say
apart from that they are ESSENTIAL.
Nada, Kambah, Australia
anybody suggested bandanas?
are many things that I never leave
home without taking but if I had
to pick just one it would be my
bandana - it serves as a wash cloth,
towel, hair holder, sweat catcher,
and because I always have pretty
colors, it totally livens up any
outfit. I tie it on my luggage and
I have even repaired the straps
of a purse with one. Sometimes it
goes on my hat. They are indestructible
and dry very quickly - I love them!
Penny, Pleasant Hill, California,
favorite piece of travel clothing
is a scarf. Travellig back from
a warm climate to England I get
real comfort from a black cobweb
wool scarf. In fact scarves, the
silkiest, slimmest are a great comfort
wherever you travel, I think because
there is an acupuncture point near
Brenda, Wakefield, Yorkshire,
travel with my hospital scrubs...
matter where I travel, I bring my
hospital scrubs with me. They are
lightweight, and dry very quickly.
They can be worn to sleep in, cover
a bathing suit, and they're great
for walking around a hotel or on
a beach. They are also unisex, so
my husband can slip into them (we
get bigger sizes and I just tie
the waist tighter). I also find
that when we're on a road trip,
I always end up sitting on the side
with the sun. The scrubs are light
enough that they don't make you
feel much hotter, and you can prevent
sunburn by draping them over your
shoulder or lap.They don't really
wrinkle and if some people mistake
you for a brain surgeon, you might
get some extra nice treatment!
Marcy, Waterloo, Ontario
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