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Packing travel clothing can vary significantly between types of holiday, holiday length, personal style and baggage storage. Whether you are on an ultralight hike, a business trip or a luxury cruise, with entourage in tow, we'll try keep you covered.

Pack Clothing Layers

A trick often used for travel is to have thin layers of clothing.

  • You can add layers if you are cold, or remove them if you are too hot due to weather, moving indoors etc.
  • Layers let you dress up or down and a different layer can change the style or color of your look.
  • Choose layers that interchange well to provide more looks.

Dress Appropriately

  • Take into consideration local laws, customs, and attitudes. Consider how this may negatively affect those around you, or inconvenience yourself.
  • Consider your safety when selecting your clothing which may gather unwanted attention, thieves, etc.
  • Dress to the occasion (dress codes etc) and for the occasion (climate, terrain etc).

Packing Items

Item Type


Some like to take quick dry underwear and wash often, others like to take extra for emergencies.


You may need a more formal pair, or casual. Long pants can protect your legs from the sun, cold, scratches etc.


Coming in different styles and designs, the t-shirt is very flexible. Good for layering and coming in materials like cotton, wool etc.

Flip Flops/Thongs

Open footwear typically made or rubber or plastic with a thong between the big and second toe. Come in super basic styles, or something more fancy. They don't provide much protection, but are easy to slip in and out of and often light weight. Also popular for use in communal showers, to protect your feet from nasties and often quick to dry.


Socks come in different lengths, thicknesses and materials and you may need to tailor your choice to the environment. They can also get really smelly, so having some spares or quick dry socks can be useful.

Long Sleeve Shirt

The long sleeves can protect you from the sun, insect bites or add that extra bit of warmth.


Jackets tend to be on the bulkier side, so you might have to compromise between bulk, weight and features like water resistance, style and storage.


Jeans have been a divisive choice given their weight, drying time. Denim technology has improved over the years, with more comfortable, lighter and different styles and fits available. Jeans tend not to need washing as much as other clothes.


A belt might be needed to keep your clothes tight, can be used for fashion, and sometimes used as a makeshift tool, eg, a strap. There are even special travel belts that have features like pockets, easy removal, or non-metallic to avoid safety checks.


There are many options if you choose to take a dress, although mind that in some places a revealing dress may cause you some issues.


Skirts can be cool, quite small and flexible, useable with different outfits and some being reversible. In some conservative locations, the length and style of your skirt may cause you problems.

Rain Poncho

Some peoples weapon of choice to deal with the weather is a poncho. These can be very lightweight, but keep you mainly dry.


A scarf can keep your neck warm, or be pressed into service in other inventive ways. Some even come with hidden pockets.


A lose-fitting garment that normally has sleeves. Can be used as nightwear, over other clothing, around the house, or between activities like swimming.


Surf wear created for swimming and the beach, although they have branched into other fashion areas.


Small two-piece swimsuit with a bra top and underwear bottom.

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