Although it is not a life or death endeavor, the issue I am having some trouble with in preparation for our trip, is deciding what clothes/gear to bring with me and what to leave behind. To put things in perspective, I currently have a walk-in closet full of clothes and about 25 pairs of shoes.
Since I wasn’t getting far on my own, I enlisted the experienced women who have done this before me, and to my surprise I got 2 very different answers! One said that it’s all about technical fabric and the other said that she rarely wore her technical clothing and wished she had brought more sundresses on her trip.
Most of my online research has netted me some rules of thumb for various places we’ll be visiting (note that these rules only apply to women). There are many areas where it is prudent to wear shorts or skirts that fall below the knee, so as not to offend the locals.
So alas, I am back to square one. Here is the list that I’ve come up with so far:
- (1) Set of foul-weather gear
- (1) Pair of hiking boots
- (1) Pair of boat shoes
- (1) Pair of hiking shorts/pants
- (2) Skirts
- (2) Shorts
- (1) Pair of jeans
- (1) Pair of long pants that are light-weight
- (3) Sundresses
- (1) Cover-up (for the beach – I burn very easily!)
- (1) Wide-brimmed hat
- (2) Bathing suits
If someone reading this has any suggestions – I’ll appreciate the advice!