Tropical Travel – Tips for appropriate attire
Planning your first tropical vacation this year? Here are some tips to keep you comfortable and sunburn free!
~ Avoid fatigue and discomfort by wearing fabrics loose to promote good circulation and allow for adjustment to changes in barometric pressure. Choose wrinkle resistant cottons or a slight spandex factor for additional comfort.
~ Keep clothing light in color and in weight. Just as you’ll need to increase your water intake to keep your energy up, avoid dark and heavy fabrics that will contribute to sapping that energy. Light clothing permits air to circulate, weighs less for those restrictive air travel poundage restrictions, and dry faster when washed.
~ Factor in wind protection and sea spray by bringing a lightweight and waterproof outer garment.
~ Have sensitivity to the sun? Protective headwear, hand covers, and clothing allow you to enjoy the sun while minimizing exposure. Check for special attire with travel stores well advance to allow time to pre-order your size, preferred design, and color.
~ Consider Hempwear that is affordable, keeps you cool in summer, warm in winter, offers some UV ray protection, exceptionally durable, washes like a dream, and feels like raw silk.
~ Open toe footwear is a given, just remember the tops and souls of your feet can burn if left exposed and unprotected. Make moisturizer and UV protection a routine part of vacation foot care (Remember all other exposed skin too!). Want to avoid tan lines from your little strappy shoes? Try adhesive sandals that stick to your soles. They’re novel, quiet (no flip-flop noise), and a great conversation piece!
~ Hats are not only a chic fashion statement but also a wise choice. A wide brim will provide face shade to make reading at poolside more comfortable and will reduce eyestrain by filtering glare (along with polarized sunglasses. The scalp is sensitive and needs protection from the effects of over exposure. Keep your head covered during peak sunshine to prevent a sore, itchy scalp from over-drying and sunburn.
~ Pack for versatility. Be prepared with a formal outfit or two. A 2-piece top with skirt or pant can also be mixed with other pieces for a fresh new look. A shirt can double as a jacket over a tank top. A tank top with a shelf bra can replace a standard bra and reduce tan lines. Reversible clothes do double time in providing alternative colors and patterns. Black and white separates give you more options in combination with a few colorful accessories. Add color and flair with jewelry, footwear, handbags, hats, wraps and tops.
~ Remember to leave space in your baggage to purchase those fun regional prints in local flavors and styles.
~ Pack clothes that you can hand wash in your room and hang to dry. If you put washed articles outside to dry, protect colors and fabric by putting them in the shade. And weigh them down! A surprise stiff breeze has whisked off many a lingerie item...to who knows where!
~ While it’s preferable to lock your valuables in a room safe, if you must carry them, keep them secure. Concealable, waterproof travel pouches that attach to your waist or neck can be worn under your garments and offer zipper pockets to protect cash, credit cards, room cards, and passports.