Need help from all the travellers around the world

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1. Posted by Designer (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi all the travellers,

I'm a designer and I want to design/develop a ultimate traveller pants and shirt for the travellers like you guys.

Please feel free to give me all the advise or comments that you think the features/function should have in a traverller's pants / shirt.
example: More pockets? Security pocket? quick drying? any comment or suggestion are welcome and highly appreciated. :)



2. Posted by Peter (Admin 6611 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I try to take lighter clothing, but when it comes down to it, I don't want to look too much like a tourist when I'm away. Any clothing designed specifically for travellers is likely to stand out like a sore thumb. I certainly don't go out of my way to get 'travel clothing'.

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 1, 2006 1:38 AM by Peter ]

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

No wrinkle, quick dry, light.

4. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

The ideal travel clothes need to be as versatile possible, eg something that would be practical trekking through a forest, but stylish enough not to look stupid in a modern city.

I would love it if one day a designer could achieve what is so far impossible- succesfully combining practical and sexy!

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

My request: Use some other colors than the typical trekking color scheme. I'm sick of it.

BTW, for me travelling clothes are defined by their high-tech fabrics. So you'll problably need to design fabric patterns too, if you want to do it right.

Also take a look at this page:

That is the series you need to design, preferably for all the four color types. (spring, summer, autumn and winter.) I'm a blond and blue-eyed summer girl, so I look good in all shades of blue, apple green, burgundy red, pink and white. Black, brown, orange, light salmon and beige make me look ill. Then there are those red-haired girls (Irish-type, autumn) who look stunning in emerald green and violent orange. You get the drift.

6. Posted by Designer (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey, thanks for the info! Good points! Any more?
How about the functionality of the pants or shirt?
What about a iPod/MP3 devices pocket? Passport pocket(hidden)?

What is the most important things that you need to carry with you all the time while you're travelling? Except passport, money, and what else? PDA?

Again, really appreciate your input/opinion.


7. Posted by Demian (Full Member 117 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

My opinion is that all the extra pockets only add weight... Plus that they make you look like -as said before- the typical tourist. I would go for the trendy, light, quickdry, no-wrinkle-when-you-stuff-it-in-your-backpack thing, and put my ipod, wallet and passport in the backpack (or maybe moneybelt). This too because in some situations you don't want that people can see that particular rectangular shape of a cell phone or iPod in your pocket, as it presents an easy target for pickpockets (or brutal robbers)

When I walk the streets in downtown Johannesburg, where i am right now, I make sure to stuff all those 'visisble valuables' in my shoulderbag....

8. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 438 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Add in stain resistant, and in colors which don't show a lot of dirt.

For pants you could throw in zippered pockets, or even hide an internal pocket sewn into the back of a real pocket so you could unzip it and access your passport and whatnots without having to fumble with a moneybelt. I'm also a fan of the fake pocket if they don't add much weight - always nice to have pickpockets aiming for pockets that don't exist instead of the real ones where your stuff is located.

oh and they have to be durable.

9. Posted by abruni (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'm a big fan of traveling in shorts, so the only pants I take with me are zip off ones. I've only found one pair though that zip off at a decent length though. Most of them have way too short shorts. I like just below the knee with cargo pockets.

10. Posted by EaLaSpada (Budding Member 79 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

It may be 5 million years too late to post at this point, but what the hell.

  • First, thanks for asking, Designer!
  • Quick drying (and wicking capabilities), security pocket, ease of wash, and packability all good
  • I think I'd most like to see travel clothing that encompasses these aspects but doesn't make one look like they've been shopping at the middle-age shop. Just because we travel doesn't mean we want to look like Rick Steves. Things that are fairly shape-conscious, hip and urban would be delightful--something that takes it's cue from contemporary fashion. Like a pair of pants that doesn't have pleats and won't sit right under my armpits. I've never understood why something practical couldn't also be attractive.
  • Of course, they not only should be stylish, but would have to be durable, breathable and flexible.
  • It seems that most travel clothing is light weight and geared toward summer travel. I would love to see (in addition)a line of warmer items that have the winter traveler in mind.
  • Patagonia comes closest to a line of clothing that works for the active traveler that has a little fashion sense, but their items are quite a bit on the pricey side. Affordability would be another pleasant aspect.
  • And like Patagonia, an eye toward environmental sustainability would be a plus as well, i.e. recycled fabrics, organic cotton, etc.

Good Luck, Designer! Let us know what you come up with!