Before I left for India, I scoured the internet trying to find anything I could get my hands on regarding what to wear. I didn’t want to stick out like a sore thumb, but I also didn’t want to totally change up my style and pack things I wouldn’t be comfortable in for several weeks of travel.
Here’s what I knew: India is hot. Hot hot hot in April in the northern part of the country (Delhi, Varanasi, Jaipur, Agra, etc.). And India is conservative: no shoulders or knees can be shown.
I thought long and hard about what to wear and settled on the following: lightweight and breathable fabrics. Short sleeves, long skirts, and ankle/capri pants. Turns out, it was perfect.
Ah, Montreal, a city that quickly captured my heart last winter despite its arctic chill. I wasn’t prepared for the level of cold I was in store for traveling there in mid-December. I thought that coming from Pennsylvania would be preparation enough–how different could it be? But oh, how I was wrong. The bone-chilling, eye-burning, and nose-freezing sub-zero temperatures were a bit more than I bargained for. I often prefer traveling in winter months because you get to see a side of cities that you don’t during summers when they’re overrun with tourists, but I don’t think I’ve ever willingly chosen to travel to a city as cold as Montreal in the winter months. That being said, with the proper clothing, it is possible to combat it a bit.
It’s absolutely necessary to pack a thick, warm coat, scarves, gloves, hats, etc. I also packed a pair of leggings to wear under jeans on particularly cold nights when I was out and about. Beyond that, my tip is layers. Lots of layers. One of the most miserable aspects of winter anywhere is how warmly you have to dress to deal with the outside temperatures and how you instantly melt and turn into a sweaty mess when you go inside where the heat is blasting. That’s why layers are your friend–just continue removing until you’re comfortable.
Also, be sure to pack boots that you don’t mind wearing in snow. The weather forecast before I left called for a couple of inches (2-3, tops) of snow, but you and I both know how quickly those things can change. We ended up getting about 2 feet. So, it’s best to be prepared for anything.
A few other quick tips:
- If you’re planning to use your cell phone maps app, I recommend getting those cell-phone friendly gloves so that you don’t have to remove your gloves every time you consult your directions.
- If you have sensitive eyes, you may want to pack some sunglasses. They can protect from the wind, the sun glares off the snow, and can help keep in some heat to keep your eyes from freezing/burning.
- Lastly, if you’re as sensitive to cold temperatures as I seem to be (my friend who went along didn’t have nearly as many issues as I did), take some of those little hand warmers that you can throw in your coat pockets.
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For years I’ve been searching for the perfect bag to travel with. I’m not only picky when it comes to the style of the bag, but there’s a big bill to fit in terms of must-haves. I want something that is classic and can be carried in any season, any country, and with any outfit. I need something that offers organization; is large enough to hold everything I might need for an entire day out on the town; that can be carried cross-body (bonus points of the strap is adjustable to be carried on my shoulder); and that has either a zipper or flap closure to keep away those prying hands. While it might sound like a lot, I don’t think any of these things is extraordinary. So why is it so difficult to find one bag that encompasses all of this?
Philadelphia can experience a wide range of temperatures and weather patterns especially in the summertime. If you’re spending a day exploring the city, be sure to wear something kind of lightweight that breathes because the humidity can be overwhelming sometimes. Pack a sweater or bring one along in the evening as the temperatures can get kind of chilly as the sun goes down.
If you’re spending a lot of time in center city, you’ll see that it can be a pretty cosmopolitan area and wearing something to reflect that might make you feel a bit more like a local. Most of the city is pretty casual, but people still dress fashionably. Ultimately, wear something that you’ll be comfortable spending all day in and be sure to wear supportive footwear.
I’m currently in Roatan, Honduras, soaking up the sun and trying my hand at snorkeling, paddle boarding, and scuba diving! But before you get to read about all of those adventures, I thought I’d share a little packing list with you!
Before my trip to Dubai, I was sort of torn about what to pack. I knew that the United Arab Emirates was Muslim, and thus I’d probably need to be mostly covered, but I’d also read that Dubai was sort of a fashion metropolis, jam-packed with malls teeming with awesome clothing stores. So–what do I do? I wondered. I scoured the Internet (Google searches, Pinterest, etc.) to see what I could find, and I really didn’t find much that told me what was appropriate. Instead, what I found was, “cover your shoulders and knees.” Okay, easy enough, I guess.
So, I thought it safe to pack what I would ordinarily wear and feel it out on the first day and alter my outfits if need be from there on out. Honestly, I don’t know what I was so worried about. I saw girls in skirts, tank tops, spaghetti-strap dresses, etc. Sure, there were plenty of other women completely covered, but lots of Westerners got away with bare shoulders and knees in malls (where you’re supposed to dress modestly as even the signs on the doors tell you so). I always try to respect local customs, so I remained covered while I was in Dubai.
Morocco is a colorful place, and as such, it’s a great opportunity to step out of your usual blacks and browns and into something that it inspired by the sights surrounding you.
I am a notorious over-packer. Sometimes for 3-to-4-day trips, I’d pack at minimum 5 pairs of shoes and 6 outfits. But I’m a girl who likes options. So when I was gearing up for my trip to Europe (and Morocco) I had a really hard time determining what to take with me. Naturally, I wanted to pack my entire closet, but that was impossible (because what I didn’t mention was that I’m also a clothing/accessory hoarder–I have 40+ dresses, 40+ cardigans, and 40+ scarves along with everything else I own).
Everything I’d read said to pack versatile pieces, no jeans (instead cargo and convertible pants), only two pairs of shoes, fleece… the list goes on. But I knew that wasn’t me. I feel like such a prissy bitch saying this, but fashion does matter to me. I knew I didn’t want to spend my time abroad worrying about whether what I was wearing was appropriate for any given situation, so I wanted to ensure I was covered on all bases.
So, here’s what I, a fashion-conscious woman, packed for three months in Europe during Fall and Winter months.
I expected Toronto to have milder weather than Austin. Sadly, when I was there it was the same temperature, with about 50% more humidity. Do you know what that’s like? It’s like the difference between being baked and broiled.
Amsterdam (and pretty much the whole of the Netherlands) is one of those places where you sort of always have to be prepared for what the weather might be like. When I pack to go there, I’m always certain to bring cold- and rain-friendly clothing, as well as one or two items in case the sun decides to pop out. I’d rather be prepared than grossly underprepared for any situation. It’s good to pack boots, rain shoes, or any other kind of waterproof shoe just to be safe. Scarves are also a great addition–easy to throw in your bag when you don’t need it, but you’ll be happy when you do need it.