Packing… a few good reminders…

So often I hear, “how do I pack for two climates, for six weeks, or for a cruise?” A few good reminders may help.

Factor in fabrics
Fabric selection is important when it comes to assembling your vacation wardrobe. Fabric choice is the difference between looking sloppy or looking polished. There are lots of beautiful wash and wear fabrics with sun protection. In general, for warm weather, go with threads that breathe like cotton and linen; for cooler weather, wools, cashmere and knits.

Don’t pack too many pairs of shoes
Need I say more? There’s no reason you need to bring more than three pairs of shoes: walking, dress and casual.

Check the weather
To get a sense of what kind of weather conditions await you, set a forecast alert on your iPhone and monitor the weather patterns in the days preceding your departure.

Think pieces that do double-duty
Basics are the key to versatile dressing on the road. And throw a couple chic scarves in there for good measure.

Consider the local culture
“Athleisure” or skimpy clothes and flip flops are for the beach or backyard, NOT traveling. To avoid unwittingly causing offense, read up on the dress code of the country you are visiting. An oversized scarf or shawl is a good investment for more culturally conservative countries. Plus it makes a great cover-up anywhere.

About alwaysharriet

With thirty years experience in corporate and leisure travel consulting, Harriet Ahouse has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and worldwide. An avid scuba diver, she understands the requirements of travelers both on land and in the water. On the European scene she has offered traditional and personalized travel itineraries throughout the continent--Italy, France, and England are some of her favorites. As a Virtuoso Agent, she also has extensive resources to enhance her expertise in designing individual destination travel itineraries--and honeymoons--worldwide!
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