Long journeys and looking good are not typically associated with one another, as a lengthy journey can take its toll on your general mood and your appearance too. The different climates and environment that you may encounter whilst travelling can vary greatly; due to this there are several tips that you should take with you whilst you are travelling in order to remain presentable, if not stylish, at all times.
1 – No Iron? No Problem!
A serious traveller will understand that there simply is no room for an iron when you are packing for an expedition or a prolonged journey. However, this doesn’t mean that each day you have to turn up in a wrinkled shirt and creased shorts or trousers – there are ways in which you can improve the appearance of your clothes without using an iron.
Before you hang your washing up to dry you should shake it out so that the majority of the water will settle at the bottom of the item; this means that gravity will naturally pull the piece straight as the bottom will be heavier due to the water.
2 – Dressing Smart / Looking the Part
There could be numerous occasions where you have to appear presentable and respectable, whether it’s to introduce yourself to an important person or to make your way through an airport without looking like you’re up to something suspicious, obtaining smart clothes is essential.
Your smart clothes do not have to be expensive or appear overly luxurious, so long as they are reasonably tailored and are kept clean. For a male it’s recommended that you have at least one pair of formal trousers, a shirt and a tie. For a woman one dress or a formal top and trousers/ a skirt would be sufficient.
3 – Practical Footwear
Whilst you’re travelling you could be spending a large amount of time on your feet, whether this is due to the fact that you are travelling by foot or because you have to wait around a lot does not matter – if you’re going to spend a lot of time on your feet you must purchase decent footwear.
Boots are stylish but are not appropriate for warmer climates; on the other hand sandals and open toe shoes can leave your feet unprotected and vulnerable to damage and infections. Some of the best shoes that you can purchase are court shoes or brogues as they can be used in a wide variety of environments and situations.
4 – Rainy Days and Wet Weather
Bin bags aren’t exactly considered the world’s no. 1 fashion accessory, but they can protect your from the worst of the wet and windy weather. As an alternative to walking around in a bin bag or any form of plastic packaging we suggest that you get your hands on a hooded top or a light, PVC, water-proof coat.
5 – Keeping Clean / Smelling Clean
Travelling can be beautiful but dirty work; sometimes you can’t guarantee the comfort of where you will be staying until you see it for your own eyes. Due to this there may be occasions where you are lacking the amenities in order to wash or dry clothes.
You can still keep your clothes smelling clean and fresh by placing dried fruit, herbs or open packs of incense in the bottom of your bag. By doing this your clothes will smell like the items that you have placed in the bottom of your bag rather than stale scents.
There are a variety of other tips and tricks that you can utilise in order to remain trendy whilst you are travelling and to prevent the foreign conditions from greatly altering your fashion.
Author: Louise Goldsmith is an experienced fashion consultant and a keen writer. Louise currently works for the personal stylists Coathanger.net in London, but when Louise isn’t working she spends her time sharing her experience and knowledge with others.