There are lots of details to consider when planning your holiday. Where you’re going to go, where you’re going to stay, what you’re going to do, who you’re going to meet, where you’re going to eat – but one small detail that often gets less consideration is what you’re going to wear. Planning your holiday wardrobe is especially important if you’re heading somewhere tropical and exotic like South East Asia. Here are some tips to help you pack everything you’ll need (and won’t need) for your next holiday:
Keep Your Wardrobe Simple
It can be tempting and exciting to pack all your favorite outfits for your holiday. But when you’re travelling you also have to consider what you’re willing to carry, as well as what you’re willing to lose. If you still want to ensure a little variety in your holiday wardrobe, choose items of clothing that you can mix and match to create new outfits.
Choose Light Non-White Colors
Dark colors tend to absorb heat, making them unsuitable for hot sunny climates. Wearing dark colors will not only make you extremely uncomfortable, but the extra sweat can make you a more attractive target to mosquitoes. On the other hand, white clothing tends to show dirt and sweat, so picking light colors other than white may be your best bet.
Choose Breathable Materials
Cotton, viscose, linen, and any other breathable materials are great for travelling in hot sunny climates. You might some of the cotton-made clothes from this site suitable.
Pack At Least 1 Conservative Outfit
Even if you’re expecting nothing but hot sunny days, it’s still a good idea to bring at least one pair of trousers and a loose shirt with longer sleeves. Why you might ask? You might encounter destinations that require that you be covered up for religious or cultural reasons. In Thailand for example, there are temples and palaces where you cannot enter while wearing shorts or a short skirt and must be covered up to the elbows. Even men are required to wear a pair of pants. Outside of temples and palaces, many cultures in South East Asia dress more conservatively – and while it may not be illegal to wear short shorts and a tube top – it may be disrespectful.
Bring A Light Jacket
Many hot, tropical destinations can also experience sudden torrential downpours. If you’re going anywhere humid, it’s always a good idea to bring along a light windbreaker.
Pack Clothes That Are Easy To Wash
While looking good may be important, practical considerations also come into play when planning your holiday wardrobe. If you’re travelling for more than a few days, you’ll likely have to do a load of laundry. Pack clothes that don’t require any special laundry treatment and that will dry quickly. No one wants to be looking for a foreign dry cleaner every few days when they could be lounging at the beach or exploring local treasures.
Know Your Destination
The most important tip for planning your wardrobe applies to holiday planning in general – know your destination. Doing a little research will not only let you find the best places to have fun and stay safe, it’ll also help you pack the right clothing for your adventures.