Prepare the Right Wear for Travel
Packing the right kind of clothing for your journey is of great importance in making sure you will have an awesome travel. Of course, there are different kinds of travelers with different kinds of style. There are some who prefer fashion in their travels while others put comfort over style.
But here are some things I realized during my travels, which may be worth your while, that will help you prepare the right wear for your trip.
1. Check the weather forecast. My sister and I left the Philippines in a hot season. The sun was up and we were sweating on our way to the airport to catch our plane to Hong Kong, which is merely two hours away by plane from Manila. It was also the hottest time of the year in the Philippines, so we assumed that such weather would be the same in our destination. But, boy, we were wrong! For four days, the sun never came out from the cloudy Hong Kong sky. Our summer clothes couldn’t ward off the chill that was all over the region and we had to do some instant shopping to cover us up.
2. Pack what you can carry. There are some who just pack a few sets of clothes. For longer travels, they just head to the nearest laundry store to have their clothes cleaned. Some carry a few and then shop for clothes at their destination. There are others, however, who would make sure that their luggage carries a set of clothing per day while they’re away. But will you be able to drag your baggage while you’re on the road? Maybe you’ve included things that may not be too important for the journey. There are travelers who have techniques in packing so their baggage always appears light but compact.
3. Know the culture of the places you are visiting. I know of travelers who wanted to travel comfortably so they went off wearing sleeveless shirts and short pants. But what about if you visit a religious site that wouldn’t allow this kind of clothing? A little bit of research would definitely help. Be sensitive to local culture, beliefs and traditions so you don’t get to offend them even when that is not your intention.
4. Wear clothes for the right activity. If your trip will take you to a beach and you have to do some snorkeling and diving, make sure you have a swimsuit and/or rash guard somewhere in your luggage. If you are off volunteering, bring the right clothes fit for the occasion. One time, a group had to go to a forest where leeches abound. The guide instructed the group to wear long pants and socks to keep the leeches out. Some had to change their outfit to be able to join in this activity. Another time, I was on a train abroad and a group of youngsters who came from a nearby resort went in with some of their shirts still a bit wet. People were trying to stay away from them but it was difficult when you’re in a crowded train.
5. A few extras might help. I have a friend who used to work in an airline company who shared with me that she carries an extra set of clothes in her carry-on luggage to be ready for unavoidable instances, such as flight cancellation or rescheduling by an airline, or delays.
Wherever you may be heading, make sure that you travel smart and wear smart. For those who have been on the road for quite some time, you might have additional tips you might want to share with our readers.