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Travel Clothing for Vagabonds

It might sound silly, but in fact, I think it’s a good idea to think about the clothing that you will take with you when you travel.

Personally, I give it a lot of thought, especially since I usually travel with just one shoulder bag to carry everything. This is whether I am going to Morocco, Turkey, Europe, Asia, or North America.


The first rule is bring things that will work together in a variety of ways. You may love that one outfit but if it doesn’t go with anything else, you are wasting space. Make sure all of your pants can go with all of your shirts.

Here is my list of travel clothing:
1) 1 pair lightweight cotton pants. Mine have loose bottoms so they can be rolled up easily and worn as shorts.
2) 1 pair convertible pants/shorts with zip off legs
3) 1 nice button down shirt
4) 2 t-shirts
5) 3 pairs of underwear
6) 3 pairs of light socks
7) slippers (thongs, flip flops)
8) comfortable loafers
9) A light sweater or jacket
10) A hat
11) my sarong, which is the most versatile thing I own. I use it for a towel, a blanket, a bag, a changing room, and about 100 other things)
12) board shorts

And as to travel underwear. I never have had them, but I’ve had so many people I respect tell me that ex-officio underwear are the best that I can recommend these. A lot of travellers prefer canvas clothing like carharts, but I like wool because it keeps you warm even when it is wet. You can find cheaper items, or just bargain hunt at thrift stores and garage sales.

When you fly or take the bus, wear your ‘heaviest’ things. For me that’s the loafers, button down shirt, and trousers. That way you have a lighter bag for carry on regulations.

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Vago Damitio

Mr. Damitio  (@vagodamitio) is the Editor-in-Chief for Vagobond. Life is good. You can also find him on Google+ and at Facebook

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  • August 19, 2010 at 12:18 pm
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    You didn’t mention any type of tennis shoes or footwear that would be conducive to, say, hiking. What do you use for those types of activities?

  • August 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm
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    lol. I actually hike in the loafers or the flipflops. Sometimes barefoot. I can see where most people might want something more normal.

  • September 11, 2010 at 7:22 pm
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    Running shoes are pretty versatile – as well – I always packed all my stuff in a thick black garbage bag in my ruck – never had wet clothes and often packed a couple extra black Hefty 45 litre garbage bags to wear just in case. Keeps in the heat and the water out –

  • September 12, 2010 at 8:05 pm
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    Another nice tip. You can also use those garbage bags to rig up a shelter if you need to- or to sleep in. (not your head though)

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