Wherever I go, I need travelling clothes that will be comfortable and practical, as well as look good. Ideally, they should pack down small and not crease and, for long trips where I may need to do some washing, dry quickly. Waterproofs should be just that. I’ve been sent jackets to review that didn’t keep me dry even in a light shower. They didn’t make it into my blog! Here’s my round-up of the best travel clothes for women.
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The best travel clothes for women
Rohan outdoor clothing
I’m a big fan of Rohan‘s range of clothing, designed to pack small, weigh less, dry quickly and resist creasing. They’re extremely hard wearing too and make perfect travelling clothes. They aren’t cheap but this is a great example of getting what you pay for. In my experience, Rohan’s clothes live up to all their claims making their range a great choice when looking for the best travel clothes for women or, indeed, men. I’ve worn their clothing snowshoeing in Canada, snorkelling in the Indian Ocean and hiking in the English countryside.
One of my favourite items is their Ambler Trousers. They’re smart enough for the office, flexible enough for most activities and extremely comfortable. Here are a few other favourites of mine starting with the best waterproof jackets for women.
One of the most useful items of clothing I have, this lightweight Elite Waterproof Jacket, has kept me dry in below freezing temperatures in Canada and in the sizzling humid rains of Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean. In Canada, I wore it with plenty of warm layers underneath but it just shows you how flexible it can be. It packs up so small and light I can take it anywhere with me.
A great alternative to the Elite Jacket, the Ascent Jacket isn’t quite as light and neither does it pack quite so small, but it is that little bit warmer, making extra layers unnecessary in most conditions. I’ve found it perfect for spring, autumn and mild winter days in the UK.
It’s now on sale in Rohan’s Souk so really is a bargain at £97 (down from £195).
This lightweight fleece is perfect for warmer days when you may just need that extra layer earlier or later in the day or on a windy hilltop. It packs up really small and is very light to carry. Being less bulky it’s super comfy to wear and easy to layer under another jacket.
Most recently I wore it hiking in Austria with thte insulated vest (far right). Together they kept me warm early in the morning at the top of a mountain watching the sunrise and then packed away neatly in my rucksack when the day got warmer.
This long sleeve t-shirt has travelled enough this year to start its own travel blog! I’ve worn it snorkelling in The Indian Ocean, as a base layer in a very chilly Canada, on hikes along the South Downs in England and most recently in The Gambia in West Africa. Like a technical base layer, it wicks extremely effectively and offers a high level of protection from the harmful effects of UV radiation. It’s got screwed up in my suitcase, been washed over and over again, soaked in seawater and left out in the blazing sunshine and not only does it look as bright and vibrant as it did when it was new, it has never needed ironing or lost its shape. £39 may seem rather pricey for a t-shirt but it really is money well spent and I’m confident it will stay looking good for a great many years to come.
I’ve tried a range of Rohan layering items and loved them all but the Insulated Vest is my favourite, both for its looks and its warmth-to-weight ratio. It packs up so small and light that you wouldn’t notice it in your rucksack – perfect for unpredictable weather conditions when out walking.
Best walking shoes
I have flat feet and in most shoes my feet will start to ache very badly even after just a short walk. It took me a long while to find the right shoes but finally a friend recommended Skechers. My first pair I literally lived for years but eventually they wore out so I bought two more. These GoRun Ride 7 shoes are perfect for long walks in the countryside, I’ve even climbed a mountain in them!
Best waterproof walking shoes
While I love the above shoes, they are not waterproof. Even walking through wet grass my feet have become quite wet while wearing them. On the other hand, these Jacara Shoes from Craghoppers are fully waterproof. I’ve really given them a good testing over 3 months and loved them. They’re also insect repellent and have a better grip than the shoes above. You can read my Jacara Shoes review in full here.
Which of the two shoes I prefer to wear on any one day depends entirely on the weather and where I’ll be walking.
Affordable Insect Repelling Sarong
One of the most useful items I have with me on my travels is this colourful beach sarong wrap. The first time I wore this was in Sicily, while my friends both got bitten by mosquitoes I didn’t get a single bite. One of them was even wearing insect repellent spray and still got bitten. Not exactly scientific proof that it works but considering I normally get bitten more than anyone else, I was pretty impressed. And it is all thanks to Craghoppers’ NosiLife, an insect repellent which is permanently woven into the fabric of this sarong. It’s been independently tested and proven to last the lifetime of the sarong.
I’ve one of these shrugs in every colour of the rainbow and a few more besides. I love wearing them over summer dresses to cover up my arms. Name me a woman over fifty who likes her arms! You can screw these shrugs up and squeeze them into any little nook and cranny in your suitcase and they’ll never crease. They’re a great addition to your travelling clothes wardrobe and they cost just £6.99!
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