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June 15, 2010

Best traveling day outfits

With many long trips, particularly the college-style summer backpacking adventures, or any destination requiring a long flight, it is also important to consider what you will wear while you are travelling, as many clothes that are perfectly comfortable and appropriate for walking around a European city, or for that matter through the jungle, will make you unhappy if worn during travel. What follows are general “travelling outfit pointers” to keep in mind:

The Comfort Factor: This is a no-brainer. If you’re going to spend long periods of time in planes, trains and automobiles, you’re going to want to do so in comfort. Nonetheless, comfort means different things to different people. My most comfortable traveling outfit is a stretchy skirt and tights. Don’t forgo the type of clothes you normally wear because you’re worried they won’t be comfortable enough. If they’re good to go about your daily life, they’ll be fine for traveling, so long as you avoid items with lots of buttons, ties, bits that stick into you, and clothes that are difficult to go to the toilet in a tiny space in.

The Not-Looking-Like-a-Dogs-Breakf ast Factor: This is probably not so important on a bus in Bolivia, but when flying, it pays to look slightly put-together. For one thing, if you enter the plane looking like you’ve been sleeping rough for the last three weeks, you’ll inevitably look ten times worse by the end of it, the time at which you may have to make your case to various immigration officials, greet long-lost family members, or catch your first glimpse of Paris or Tokyo. If you do want to wear your pyjamas on the plane, it can be a good idea to bring along something else to slip into before landing.

Moreover, if you dress neatly, bring a tie as a man or wear a skirt or decent trousers as a woman, you stand a chance of getting bumped up into business class. Most airlines have dress codes for business class, at least for non-paying customers, and the lure of bigger seats and better food may well be motivation to dress smart.

The Culturally Appropriate Factor: Also known as the “They-Don’t-Wear-Pyjamas to School-in-Madrid Factor.” It’s respectful, and sometimes simply wise, to do as the Romans do. So, in some countries, and might mean dressing demurely, in others it might mean dressing for breakfast. Usually as a tourist you are not required to conform to all the measures of how people dress in the country, but making an effort not to offend will make locals happier, and

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