- Anything White — White may be suitable for Christmas and Klansmen, but it has no place in the traveler’s wardrobe. One stain and you will be forever classed as the traveling grunge. Take darker shades and patterns to hide any mishaps.
- Hiking Boots — I’m talking about those hardcore mountaineering boots here. While not completely verboten, think about what type of activities you’ll be engaged in on your travels. If your daily adventures involve schlepping yourself up mountainsides, then knock yourself out. Otherwise regular cross trainers, running shoes, or trail shoes are much more appropriate. I have a pair of North Face Hedgehog hikers that have served me well. They are waterproof, breathable, ultra-light, and most importantly — comfortable!
- Tennis shoes — Unless your travels involve a round or two at Wimbledon, leave these in your hall closet. They hold stink like an ex holds a grudge. It’s hard enough meeting people on the road — you don’t need foot raunch standing between you and newfound comrades.
- Jeans — Yes, they look good (on some), but here’s why they make the What Not to Wear Traveling list: they’re heavy, they get dirty easily, and they restrict movement. Chances are you will need pants of some sort, unless of course you follow the Mark Twain school of clothing (see above), so casual pants or khakis are probably a better choice. They’ll keep you warm if the temperature dips, and you can usually get away with wearing them at clubs.
- Anything from your last trip — Unless your last trip was to a travel outfitting store, leave those “clothing from abroad” purchases safely stored in your tickle trunk at home. Saris, sarongs, burqas, kurtas, abayas, ponchos, chamantos, oh my! The list is endless, and in all honesty, most look ridiculous on any traveler outside the region where it was initially purchased. So unless you’re doing it for religious regions, give the rest of us a visual respite please.
What Not to Wear — 5 Things to Leave at Home When You Travel
January 24, 2011 | Category: Archives-
“The finest clothing made is a person’s skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.” – Mark Twain
Twain had the right mindset. Less is more, especially when it comes to travel apparel. Everyone knows you should pack light. And we have a general idea of what we should pack. But what are some things we can definitely leave behind? This list, while not definitive, is a good starting point for what not to wear when you travel.
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