It’s been fun and time-consuming (for me) to figure out what clothes to take. Over the past few weeks I’ve searched 10+ retailers, both online and in-store, spent countless hours looking at and trying on clothes, and bought and returned many dollars’ worth of clothes.
Scott, on the other hand, hates shopping. He went to the one and only clothing store where he shops, Eddie Bauer, and bought the few things he needed in less than an hour. (I hadn’t even thought about it until we had some spare time last Saturday and Connie uttered the dreaded phrase, “let’s go shopping.” Thankfully, we shopped at my preferred speed: Get in, get out, get lost. —Scott)
I started my process by Googling “what to wear for round-the-world travel” and found that TravelFashionGirl.com was the best resource for both short- and long-term travelers. Among all the great tips TravelFashionGirl provides, these are the ones I found most useful:
- Don’t just wear workout clothes every day, especially in Europe where the women are very fashion-conscious. (This advice was game-changing for me because I had figured I’d wear t-shirts and yoga pants throughout my trip. Turns out that’s a common faux pas!)
- Wear things you enjoy wearing. (For me, this means avoiding camping/hiking clothes, for example. When trying on some of this stuff, I felt like an outdoor adventure impostor.)
- Buy clothes that don’t wrinkle, that dry quickly (because we’ll be paying for washers & dryers), and that wick sweat (because they stay fresher between washes).
- Pack a “travel clothing capsule” — a set of 10-12 pieces of clothing in coordinating colors that all go together, regardless of which top and bottom you pull out of your pack.
- Make sure you can wear all of your pieces both day and night and for a variety of activities, as well as dress them up or down.
That all seems easy, but it’s not. Following these tips, while incorporating things you already own (and finding clothes that flatter you… and getting them at price points that aren’t ridiculous), actually gets pretty hard. First-world problems, I know, but I did find it hard. Luckily, TravelFashionGirl.com also provides a checklist that I followed: Round the World Packing List.
So with all this in mind, here’s what I’m taking (see specific pictures of my actual clothing items below, combining new stuff and old):
- 7 shirts: a mix of long-sleeves and short (I still need one more)
- 4 bottoms: nice leggings, joggers, jeans, and jean shorts
- 3 pairs of shoes: sandals, walking shoes, sneakers
- 2 jackets: hoodie and rain jacket that can be layered
- 2 dresses: one long, one short
- 2 bathing suits
- 2 sets of PJs: one pair of soft shorts, one pair of capri leggings, and 2 t-shirts
- 3 bras: one sports and two regular
- 8 pairs of undies
- 6 pairs of socks: three black and three white
- a few accessories: one floppy hat, one scarf, one pair of earrings and a necklace, and a watch
I have just one more shirt to get and I’ll be done! Now let’s just hope it all fits in the backpack…
—Connie (& Scott)