Seasoned travelers don’t concern themselves only with their itinerary or accommodation. Instead, they master travel planning down to the smallest details to ensure a fun and comfortable trip.
One example is the type of travel clothes they wear. They understand that their choice of travel clothes can make or break their trip. For instance, wearing clothes made of thick fabric to the beach will likely make you sweat too much. Or too thin a coat on a winter trip will leave you shivering than warm. What you need are comfortable clothes that are easy to care for on the go.
If you need advice on picking the right outfits for certain types of trips, this ultimate guide on the best fabrics for travel will help you weather your next trip.
Keep on reading about the different easy-care fabrics here!
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Being a tropical country, a big part of the year in the Philippines is prolonged summer. During these humid and hot days, you’ll want to wear light fabrics that allow your skin to breathe. For this, clothes made of lightweight and water-absorbent fabric will be your best choice.
Do so, and you're sure to enjoy your summer in Boracay, El Nido, or Siargao.
Cotton is a staple fabric in anyone’s wardrobe. It’s cool and easy to care for. Its breathable characteristic is best in hot weather for both daytime and nighttime. It’s perfect for active trips wherein you move a lot, because it soaks up sweat really well and manages to dry up fast, too.
This fabric comes a close second to cotton for the summer. Linen is a versatile fabric suitable for the heat because it's thin and breathable. And like cotton, it’s dry and quick-absorbent.
Dri-fit fabric is most commonly used in sports uniforms or jerseys. That’s because it’s light and breathable — perfect for active trips and hot weather. It also makes for a suitable summer garment because it’s good at wicking moisture and staying dry.
Clothes for rainy weather
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It’s not uncommon to encounter rainy days even on planned trips. A little preparation goes a long way, though. One way to prepare is to pick out outfits made for wet weather. What you’ll need are clothes that warm you up but also dry fast.
As your base layer, polycotton is the way to go. It’s the perfect blend of polyester and cotton. It doesn’t stick to your skin when you sweat, and it dries up fast. It’s available in many prints and designs, allowing you a good mix of comfort and style.
Another good choice for the base layer is chiffon. Although it sticks to your skin when it’s wet, it dries quickly. Its flowy and light material also provides breathability.
This fabric looks a lot like silk but shares some similarities with linen and cotton, in terms of weight and comfort. Rayon absorbs moisture and dries up fast, too. It doesn’t trap body heat and provides an airy feel to the wearer.
Aside from these good base layers, you should also opt for water-resistant or waterproof pieces to cover you up.
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If you are up for cold weather trips such as going on vacation up north or out of the country, better get ready for the low temperature. You’ll need garments that will keep you nice and cozy without leaving you soaked in perspiration, even when you layer your clothes.
Polypropene is a synthetic fabric often used in thermal wear. It wicks moisture easily and dries up fast, in contrast to other fabrics used for the same purpose.
Merino wool is a soft and comfortable natural fabric that keeps you warm easily, even when it’s wet. Unlike other wool fabrics, it doesn’t smell or itch. Although wool is not a common fabric used in a tropical country like the Philippines, it does the job of keeping you warm in places with lower temperatures.
Fleece is a common clothing piece during the holidays. It’s more lightweight and convenient compared to wool. It’s also better for mobile activities, as fleece is used in everyday coats and jackets. If you’re planning to get active on your trip, you’re going to want to choose fleece instead of wool.
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Although made for comfort, these fabrics don’t necessarily require the same level of care. And whether you’re preparing for a planned vacation or a last-minute trip, knowing how to wash your outfits during travel is a must.
Here are some quick and easy cleaning tips for the traveler:
Be sure to check the label to find out how to care for your garment. Clothes of similar fabrics don’t automatically need to be cleaned the same way. For example, some cotton pieces differ, in terms of the suggested water temperature. Some fabrics require gentler detergents compared to others.
A laundry bag is a go-to option of the backpack traveler. A laundry bag is a big ziplock bag you can use as a portable washing machine. To do this, place your dirty clothes inside the bag, pour some detergent then shake the bag to imitate the movement of a washing machine. Then, let your clothes soak in this soapy water for a period of time.
Another tip is to wash your clothes in the sink. Or use a basin, if there’s one available where you’re staying at.
Tourist spots usually come with their own laundromats. If you’re planning a booked holiday in which the only rest you get is when you sleep, consider availing of a laundromat service. This will let you drop off your clothes and pick them up later in the day.
You can also choose non-iron or wrinkle-free clothes for your trip; so you can wear outfits that look nice and presentable. If you can’t find this type of clothes, you can practice packing your clothes to avoid wrinkles.
Now you’re ready to pick out the perfect get-up for your next vacation. Whatever weather you encounter, you’re sure to be comfortable while having fun. Knowing how to properly care for your clothes will help you keep them for a long time and maximize their use.