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1. Posted by AJO462 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hi, My name is Amelia
I am doing my textiles GCSE at the moment and I was wondering if you could help me. I had the idea of making clothes for travellers as they need something that is lightweight and can pack small.

What do you need in an item of clothing when you are traveling?
What is your baggage like when you travel?
Do you think reversible clothing is a good idea, would it be useful?
Do you think items of clothing that have parts that an be attach and unattached is a good idea, would it be useful?

I would be really grateful if you could help me and answer these questions, thank you

2. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 625 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

It should be lightweight, it must dry quickly after handwashing, and it should not need ironing.
It must breathe. I prefer natural materials like cotton to "plastic". Many artificial fibres, in particular cheap so-called functional clothing, keep the smell of sweat even after washing. Gah.
Biodegradable, environment-friendly in production - aspects to be considered.
Reversible clothing makes little sense to me because the biggest problem aren't stains but rather sweat and smells.

3. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2300 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

>What do you need in an item of clothing when you are traveling?

Everything mentioned by Kathrin above plus pockets, either obvious or hidden (i.e. for security). Natural fibres are good for warm climates, though cotton & linen often need ironing. Natural fibres are often more expensive so there are also budget elements to consider.

>What is your baggage like when you travel?

There are a myriad of baggage types and a myriad of different travellers with different baggage preferences (which may anyway change from trip to trip). I'm not sure baggage is relevant to your design. Imo it would be better to target a combination of a particular age group, budgets and travel style (e.g. package hol with mates, independent adventures, group tour, backpacking, cruise...).

>Do you think reversible clothing is a good idea, would it be useful?

I've had one or two reversible items over the years and, other than a fleece with a waterproof layer, found I never used them in the way intended. Stains aren't really a problem when travelling. I suppose a reversible item might offer variety for those who are travelling extra-extra-light...but I suspect those who do so aren't that bothered about variety.

>Do you think items of clothing that have parts that an be attach and unattached is a good idea, would it be useful?

Trousers which zip-off into shorts and/or mid-length 'capri' style (often called 'walking/hiking trousers in the UK) have long been popular and are very useful, as are jackets which have removable extra layers (often called '3-in-1' jackets here). Lots of jackets have zip-off hoods but imo they're a pain because hoods get lost. Better to conceal a hood by folding it into the collar. Apart from trousers & jackets I can't think of any item which would be useful. Taking bits off = more chance of losing them plus the hassle of wear & tear on the relevant zip/velcro/whatever.

Hope that helps and good luck with your GCSE! :-)

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3027 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I want seams double - triple stitched in stress areas. Such as the back seam from waist to the bottom of the fly zipper of my pants. I do this for my traveling pants (pants for me is the same as trousers) because you will never know where you will be when the seams let go!

I like little loops on the inside the pants waistband to make it easier to hang on a line or hook. When you sew in the size - company name tag on the inside of the waistband DO NOT use plastic mono-filament thread because the thread breaks you have something that feels needles jabbing your skin! (When this happens I take the tag off.)

Pockets yes! Side pockets at the top (the ones you put your keys in) that are not so short where when you sit down coins roll out of it! Slightly deeper pockets! I like flaps on my back pockets with buttons or velcro. I like flat side leg pockets with flaps on my pants. Not necessarily huge to put a car in but wide enough to slip a passport, wallet or paperback novel size item in and close the flap.

Good suggestions above.

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Sep-2018, at 05:09 by karazyal ]

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1722 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I just take my regular clothes when I travel. It seems silly to buy separate clothing just for a trip. We pack light and have never had a problem. I hate reversible clothes. They never seem to look right on either side; a seam is always out of place. If an item won't work every day, it won't work when you travel.

I've been amazed on our current trip at the amount of luggage people drag along. I wonder if they use half of it. We rent places with washing machines and we use them.

6. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Respected Member 592 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

"I've been amazed on our current trip at the amount of luggage people drag along. I wonder if they use half of it"
I agree with Beausoleil with that one, have been thinking about it my self. My mother is one of those people. We were going on a trip with my sister and mom said that we should take as much as we can with us, i had to ask her that what are we going to do with 60 kg of clothes in one week holiday (2x hand luggage and 2x big luggage)

As for the clothes i usually take with me while i am travelling..i prefer clothes that has "multiple" use, for example a dress which i can use in beach, walking on town and evening. So one dress for all, accessories help a lot ;)
Also those trousers which you can turn in shorts are handy :)
Material, something which dry fast and dont wrinkle :)

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Sep-2018, at 10:10 by Hensku ]

7. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

There's quite a lot of travel specific clothing available, but usually at an expensive price.
Quite often it's hidden in the camping section at big stores or in 'outdoor/adventure' shops but it's there.
The problem is getting decent quality stuff at a sensible price.

I do have a pair of trousers that have zip-off/on legs but rarely wear them as shorts, as I usually carry a few pairs of shorts. Similarly I can't see a top with zip off sleeves being very comfortable or necessary, as I always carry a few short sleeve shirts.
As for being reversible, I guess it could be useful for a jacket but I wouldn't buy something unless I felt it was decent quality at a sensible price whether it was reversible or not.

The other issue with travel clothes is that the world varies quite a lot in a number of ways, especially temperature-wise, so unless you can miraculously invent a material suitable for extreme hot and extreme cold, you won't create something suitable for every journey.

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9. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1722 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Thinking back to the original post, what do you take when you travel? My answer to that would be, "as little as possible."

I think that's why the idea of special travel clothes doesn't interest me. I know what I usually wear; I know what it comfortable so why go out and buy expensive designed-for-travel clothes that are unfamiliar and may end up being uncomfortable? We usually go out for a month or more and each take one carry-on bag that we check and one small backpack that we carry on the plane. This doesn't require any special zip on and off clothing nor reversible items. It's what I wear every day at home and it works. My husband uses his suit coat as a sport coat or as a wind breaker (or takes a sport coat with matching pants that serves as a suit). I take a medium and a light jacket along with a raincoat. I take one scarf and if I need a warmer (or lighter) one, just buy it when I need it. I don't even own a dress any more and prefer dark slacks so if there is a stain, it doesn't show.

One thing we don't take is jeans because they take forever to dry. My husband doesn't even own any and neither of us owns any shorts. Slacks are as comfortable as shorts and you can wear them anywhere. For men, combined with a matching sports coat, they are a suit, and for women, combined with a nice jacket and scarf, they are dressy enough for a good restaurant or church.

The trick with travel clothes is double duty. They should be fine for a hike in the country and fine for attending church on Sunday or going to a nice restaurant. You may be a little overdressed in some situations and a little under-dressed in other situations, but you are not hauling a lot of luggage around with you. To us, the most important thing is that they be washable and non-wrinkle. Layers work anywhere. Too hot? Add a layer or two. Too cold? Remove a layer or two.

10. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting AJO462

I had the idea of making clothes for travellers as they need something that is lightweight and can pack small.

If you do decide to use travel clothing for your course work, can I suggest that apart from looking at 'travel/hiking etc' clothes you should also look at both sports (all the way through from runners shirts through to fishing garments) and military clothing. Both of those fields produce some materials which have properties that you would find useful for travel clothing, such as treatments for waterproofing, reduction of odours, strength, weight and multi-purposing etc.
Good luck