The world is the best classroom, says an avid traveler friend. Indeed it is. There is so much to see and learn when you travel. So do plan for a mix of different types of travel throughout the year for a colorful journey of life; city trips, art and culture, sea & sun, backpacking, nature & adventure, snow & ski, cruises and trips on train.
Whether you travel solo or with family and friends, make sure you pack for an awesome comfy experience. We have put together some fashion suggestions for travelers who want to pack light, stylish and smart.
1. Double Purpose Outfit
If space is a concern, you would want to bring double purpose outfits that you could use for both wet and dry. If you planning for a sea & sun vacation or a even a cruise, you could choose outfits made of fabrics that are uv-protective and fast-drying. There are hijabs, tops and pants that are made of such material and designed for dual purposes. Get the ones you could get wet and dry in so that you could reduce time to change outfits in between.
If your destination is cool and cold, pack some tops than can be used independently or as jacket. The ones with a front zip like a jacket are always flattering work independently or for outer use.
2. Fabric Matters
Know the weather of your destination and bring outfits made of the suitable fabric. For hot and humid weather, light color outfits made of moisture-wicking, lightweight UV protective and fast-drying are recommended. For cool and cloudy weather you could choose fabrics made of slightly thicker and as for ski and snow travel, you would have to bring outfits made of waterproof yet breathable fabrics to keep you warm and comfy for outdoor activities. Check the weather forecast of your destination and bring raincoats and lightweight waterproof outfits if needed.
3. Suitable Footgear
Based on the weather and type of activities, pack for suitable footgears. If you plan to get wet, bring slipper or flip flops. For sea and sun travel, it is good to bring aqua shoes to protect your feet in the water. Some footgear like training shoes and sandals can be used for city tours and backpacking. A good rule of thumb is to wear dual-purpose footgear and pack one purposeful footgear in your luggage.
4. Pockets and Pouches
A traveler can’t run away from having to carry travel documents, IDs, wallets, hotel key, tickets and passes with you. This is when you need to wear outfits with ample pockets. Travel pouches and purposeful handbags can be handy too, but make sure they are not too big, easy to clean and lightweight. They can be smart pockets like the wrist pocket below for you to keep IDs and room keys with you.
5. Practical Headgear, Roll and Wear
Reduce accessories, bring practicality. Instant shawl, sports hijab, multi-purpose inner and headgears that are easy to wear and lightweight are ideal for travel. They are good for cold weather as well, so do bring the ones made of suitable fabric. Also, make sure you pack colors that are fun and easy to match with your outfits.
Bring outfits you can just roll and wear, but don’t forget to bring at least one nice evening dress just in case you have to go to a fancy restaurant for dinner!
Lastly, I would pack for outfits that are ablution-friendly. You may not find mosques, praying and ablution areas while travelling so wearing outfits with designs that are loose or stretchable around wrist, arms and ankles. They are definitely useful.
Happy & safe travel!