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11. Posted by Kyraaa (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I have been traveling quite a lot this year but always to very different destionations. So the clothes I pack/need are different too. I usually go to warm places though, so I like to bring shirts/dresses/skirts that are loose fitting and at least one pair of pants that's not too tight. Jeans for example are just so big and heavy and tight. The stuff must be easy to clean and dry too. And easy to combine, so I like to bring just a few colors such as white, baby blue and pink. Those all go together so it's easy to combine. I also don't like bulky stuff or stuff that's tight around the armpits because that'll just start to smell sooner. I like to be able to wear shirts two days so that I don't have to bring as much.

I am a very minimalistic packer to be honest. I went to Japan for almost two weeks with just a carry on suitcase and a small backpack. The suitcase wasn't even filled halfway.

I think reversable clothing would be a good idea if the colors would be different on either side and if nobody would be able to notice that the clothing was inside out.

Do you think items of clothing that have parts that an be attach and unattached is a good idea, would it be useful? I don't think that would be such a good idea. Those parts can get lost, ripped off and deformed in the wash and probably the attachment part won't work that well anymore after some time.

12. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1923 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I travel a lot and have been doing for many years. What I wear now and what I wore back in the day has obviously changed.

I do not wear shorts because I don't have the figure for it now (and even when I was young I did not like wearing shorts). In some places it would not be appropriate. In some areas, a man wearing shorts might be assumed to be gay unless it was obvious that he was not local. My husband has those trousers with the zip off legs which he does wear on our boat, but the main thing he likes about them is that they have zippered pockets on the legs.

We never take denim trousers or jeans, but I do sometimes take what we in the US call a jumper of light denim (I think in the UK it is called a pinafore - that is a dress without sleeves under which one can wear a shirt or blouse). I use it as a cover-up to go to the pool, and also it is quick to put on and completely conceals the details of my body. I don't wear stuff of clingy material. I do not wear anything that itches or is scratchy or is tight or that binds (so I do not want leggings or tummy shapers or anything of that sort). Color is important to me. If it is not a color that I like, I will not wear it.

I normally wear clothing of cotton knit which if it wrinkles, it soon smooths out. I like tops which have a pattern because if I spill something, it doesn't show as much. I prefer to wear a dress or skirt rather than trousers, but I know I am in the minority here. Skirts are less likely to get smelly in the crotch area and can be worn longer as a result. Some people use scarves and accessories to change their outfits. I do not. It is too much trouble. I do not wear tops or dresses which are sleeveless. If I did, I would want a light sweater or shawl for going into a church where the shoulders should be covered. I might take a skirt that was reversible but the problem with it would be the need for pockets.

I do have a very useful coat which has a zip out lining and a hood that goes into a kind of pocket around the neck. It has pockets (good), but the stuff falls out of the pockets (bad), so it is good that the pockets zip which will keep stuff from falling out.

Pockets are important. For me to buy a dress or skirt it has to have useful pockets. Also the material should be machine washable. No dry cleaning or stuff that has to be hand washed.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Sep-2018, at 19:06 by greatgrandmaR ]

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14. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1742 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Reading all this reminds me of a funny story. A friend of ours made her first trip to Paris a few years ago. She's in her 60s and very energetic but a bit portly in the middle. For comfort she wore a knit skirt, the kind with the elastic waist. When they arrived in Paris, it was pouring and they took the Metro into town. As they left the Metro, rain was coming down in sheets and she and her skirt were soon soaked. The knit material when wet was extremely heavy and the elastic waist soon stretched to its limit with the obvious result. The skirt was soon around her ankles and there she stood in Paris minus her skirt. She pulled it up and fought with it the rest of the way to the hotel. None of the taxi drivers wanted to pick them up because they were obviously soaked. The did finally find a sympathetic driver . . . who may have just had a good sense of humor and were rescued. (In fairness to Paris taxi drivers, not only were they soaked; they were on a painting trip and were lugging all their painting supplies in addition to their luggage.)

She told the story to us at dinner afterwards and I was laughing so hard I couldn't eat. She's a very talented artist and funny person so she added all sorts of fun details to the story but every time I see her now, I know why I will never wear an elastic waist dress or slacks. I like buttons and zippers! Sturday things . . .

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

I suspect that the original poster has disappeared into the internet ether never to be seen again, but I'd add one thing in case anyone else ever decides to search this subject.

Too much clothing shows sweat marks.
If you can use a material that doesn't result in armpit sweat rings and crotch/butt clearly defined sweat patches when worn in high heat/humidity countries then it would be a major benefit.

16. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2540 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

>I suspect that the original poster has disappeared into the internet ether never to be seen again

To be fair, the OP said she was doing a GCSE (for non-UK members, this is an exam you take in school age 15-16). Using a forum like this provides good evidence (via screenshots?) of the required project research. :-)

17. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1923 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

She told the story to us at dinner afterwards and I was laughing so hard I couldn't eat. She's a very talented artist and funny person so she added all sorts of fun details to the story but every time I see her now, I know why I will never wear an elastic waist dress or slacks. I like buttons and zippers! Sturday things . . .

No I'm with her. No non-elastic waist bands. Too uncomfortable.

My sister had the same thing happen to her at a dance in HS - the elastic in the waist of her half slip gave away and her slip ended up down around her ankles.

18. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 643 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Yeah, it was quite obvious that this is for schoolwork. I usually do not answer such requests, but this topic is interesting for a forum discussion.

19. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1742 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Some may find nonelastic waistbands uncomfortable, but I find hiking up my trousers constantly to be far more uncomfortable. I like knowing they are on and staying on and I don't have to mess with them. Too many other fun things to do.

Must admit elastic waistbands do make for great funny stories though . . .

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

Quoting Beausoleil

I find hiking up my trousers constantly to be far more uncomfortable. I like knowing they are on and staying on and I don't have to mess with them.

Elasticated or not, I wear a belt.
I try not to put myself in a situation where I need to move too swiftly (let alone actually run) but if I do have to then I don't want to be like these gangsters whose trousers slip down to their knees and they fall over.