General Clothing Comments
While traveling on vacation in Europe, I usually wear slacks, jackets,
blouses and sweaters and I take along several scarves and costume
jewelry pins to liven things up a bit. A rain jacket with a hood
that will fit over a heavy sweater or blazer is more useful than
a raincoat and umbrella. Stick with two or three main colors; wear
elastic waist pants on the plane and always bring a sweater or jacket
on the plane. Give up style for comfort with your shoes, especially
with all the walking, marble floors in museums, cobblestones. You'll
be on your feet much more often than at home.
Trisha, Atlanta, USA
I traveled in the US, Europe and Mexico. My advice to other travelling
women is: Wear a flowing skirt just below the knee. Tops should'nt
be tight and revealing. Definitely stay away from bright,gaudy colors
so that you will blend in with the locals (and not be suseptible
to thieves and touts).
Denise, Jackson, USA
I only travel with what I can carry on to the plane with me. I
pack three changes of underwear and try to have all inner layers
made of Cool Max or some other fiber which dries quickly. By the
time I get home from the trip I am sick to death of what I have
been wearing but other than needing heavier sweaters which I buy
wherever I am, this system works for me.
Eno, Philadelphia, USA
When packing, roll clothes and secure with rubber bands. This keeps
your clothes from wrinkling, packs tighter so you can fit more in
your suitcase, and the rubber bands come in handy for lots of things
- not the least of which tying up your hair on a hot August day!
Melissa Combs, LA, USA
Always pack a T-shirt type dress - short sleeves is fine - which
you can wear anywhere. Carry a kerchief (borrow one from your Mom
if you don't have one) to cover your head when necessary.This advice
serves anywhere in Europe if you plan to visit a religious site
that requires covering up. My experience is that one dress is sufficient
- but then I'd advise to pack lightly no matter how long or where
you're going. A carry-on pack is all I take even for a month in
Europe. Pack on the assumption that if you're invited to lunch with
royalty or a head of state, you'll buy something new to wear anyway!
Linda, Toronto, Canada
Always wear a wedding ring when you are travelling alone. If you
are not interested in meeting men, it will keep some away. If you
are interested, a lot of men will assume you are on a "foot loose"
holiday away from hubby, or are a grieving widow that needs consolation
and will "hit on you". Either way, you win!!!
Davida Marantz, Edmonton, Alberta
Ed. note: But please be wary! Especially if
you are travelling solo, be just a little cautious about anyone--man
or woman who approaches you. It means that they have singled you
out for attention and their motivation may not always be positive.
Dress poor and plain. In most developing countries, people think
all North Americans are filthy rich and can easily spare the little
bit that they steal from them. So leave the fancy jewelry, expensive
clothes, and fur coats at home. You want to see the sights, not
spend your whole trip worrying about your diamond rings anyway.
If you can't afford to lose an item, don't take it.
Sandy Huff, Safety Harbor, Florida
I took a week to rest and refuel at Rancho La Puerta, a spa in
Tecate, Mexico. It was great! What to pack for a week? Heavy on
the exercise gear. Bring your hiking boots and a bathing suit. Then
add a bit of very casual clothing and you're all set. P.S. It could
be a little cool for your 6 am hike in the desert mountains. Pack
a windbreaker and a sweatshirt. You never know when you're going
to need them.
Erica Ehm, Real Life, The Life Channel, Canada
Damp socks eliminate jet-lag. I know that this sounds strange,
but trust me - it works! Wear damp socks on a long flight. You're
feet won't feel cold neither will they swell. And for some unknown
reason, you won't suffer jet-lag when you reach your destination.
Amanda St-George London, England
Ed. note: I can just hear my mother saying,
"But my dear you're sure to catch your death of cold!"
Here is a helpful hint for journey women: One thing that I always
pack is a long opague sarong. This can do in a pinch to cover your
legs and is small and easy to take along for unexpected situations.
I'd also like to add that dressing as respectful as possible can
only add to your experience and bring you closer to the people of
Shelly Nyholt, Edmonton, Canada
When travelling solo, dress as simply and conservatively as possible.
Avoid loud colors. I pack lots of grays and blacks. They don't show
the dirt and they don't attract attention. If I carry a camera,
I usually carry it in a plastic shopping bag that I pick up at the
local supermarket. Sometimes, just seeing a familiar logo on a bag
you're carrying makes people think you belong and that you know
exactly where you're going. You don't appear vulnerable and no one
suspects that you're carrying your expensive camera and film in
a regular grocery bag.
Evelyn Hannon, JW Editor
If you're biking in a foreign country, don't forget to pack your
helmet. Write your name, address, phone number, name of a contact
person at home and your BLOOD TYPE inside your helmet. In case of
an accident, this information will be seen as soon as your helmet
is removed even if you are injured or unconscious.
Karen Major, Waterdown, Canada
Your clothes should be color coordinated, mix and match, wash and
wear. For moderate climates, I take one pair of slacks with pockets,
one wrap skirt with pockets, 3-4 drip dry blouses, and a light raincoat
jacket with big pockets. For evening, one thin crushproof dress
that goes with the jacket. Shoes are walking sandles that can double
for evening, and Nikes. Need more? Buy it there.
Sandy Huff, Travel journalist. USA
To avoid having to pack 14 pairs of panties for a two week trip,
I bring about six pairs and a box of pantyliners.
Ms. Schemer, Las Vegas, USA
When going on a long trip, the practice of carrying about 20 changes
of undergarments has proved a boon - they occupy minimal space &
leave you free for a long long time before you need to do the washing!
Anjana Gehani, Mumbai, India
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