Beth Whitman, author of Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo, has been traveling alone for over 20 years, and shares her wealth of information through her website and workshops. Here she shares her five essential travel wardrobe items:
1. >Anywear Wardrobe (formerly, “The Adventure Travel Pack” from Contourwear
The gals over at Contourwear are all about packing light, and AMEN to that! To that end, they’ve created the Anywear Wardrobe. Just 7 pieces of clothing allows you to create 35 different outfits when you mix and match the tops and bottoms. All of these fit easily in a small Eagle Creek Pack-It Folder, which can then fit into your carry-on bag or even in a messenger bag.
2. Jet Set Skirt
You may not often need a dressy outfit when traveling, but when you do, you’ll be glad you tucking the Jest Set Skirt in your suitcase. Made of a silky soft polyester/spandex blend, it’s machine washable and wrinkle-free–extremely important for the savvy traveler who wants to look good but may not have access to an iron. Jet Set has a variety of other clothes in this collection so that you can mix and match.
3. Women’s Insect Shield Halo Shirt from ExOfficio
I love ExOfficio’s travel clothing for how practical they are and I’m a HUGE fan of the Insect Shield line. I haven’t taken a malaria prophylaxes in 16 years and haven’t worn a DEET-based lotion in I don’t know how long. Instead I wear the ExO clothes that are impregnated with the insect repellant (and sun protection).
4. ISIS clothing from ISIS
Specializing in outdoor and performance clothing for women, ISIS has a number of items that pack up super small and are perfect for traveling. My favorites include the Greta Pants (which feel like you’re wearing nothing) and their many blouses including the Twisted V-Neck Tee and Power Flower Top. You can be an outdoor gal or spruced up backpacker with ISIS.
The Lost River Knit Shawl can be worn as a shawl or a hooded wrap for those times you’re entering a Muslim temple (seriously) or just need to protect yourself from the wind. You can then turn it upside down and it becomes a long (albeit light) jacket. This Malibu blue is my favorite color.