Okay now we move onto what you need to add to your clothes packing list for your holiday or vacation. Clothes are of course a travel essential, given that we wouldn't get very far without them. But what to take and how to avoid taking everything from your wardrobe or closet that you "might just need" is the key.
The inexperienced traveler's usual approach is to add some of their favorite outfits to a pile on the bed, think about it, and then add some more. After throwing in a few more items "just in case," it's pretty obvious why few people think they can travel with less than two large suitcases.
Consider shoes first because they are the hardest things to pack. You need good, comfortable shoes for almost any type of holiday, but shoes are expensive, bulky to pack and sometimes hard to find while traveling.
Underwear is relatively easy. Basically you need three to five pairs of underpants/panties/knickers and if you wear a bra, perhaps three of those (they are easier to dry overnight).
This includes skirts, shorts or trousers, depending on your gender and the climate. For most people, three different bottoms are plenty. Since bottoms don't get as a dirty as tops, however, you may be able to make do with only two selections. At a minimum, many women choose to pack a pair of shorts and a sarong that can be worn as a skirt.
Most of my tops are shirts, usually with short or long sleeves. Cotton or linen are still the best fabrics for a very hot climate - they just breathe so well - and if it's hot, getting it dry won't matter too much.
Women might like to take silk shirts because of course they take the least amount of room. However, they can be fragile (they sometimes really require an iron to look presentable) and the good quality ones are expensive. You might want to compromise on cotton or cotton/poly shirts which are cheap; they roll to a reasonable size and you can buy them almost anywhere.
When going on vacation many women never leave home without a sarong. It's simply the world's most multi-purpose item of clothing/gear. The list of things I've known people use a sarong for include:
- towel (beach or otherwise)
- beach cover up
- top sheet on a bed
- shawl (sun-protection or warmth)
- head covering (for mosques and churchs)
- shoulder covering for temples (Buddhist and Hindu)
- carry bag for dirty laundry
- picnic cloth
A water-resistant pack cover is sometimes built in to a pack's design, but you can buy them separately, as well. These are great, of course, if you get caught in the rain when out walking, but often in Asia and Africa packs will go on the top of mini-vans and buses (even a small bag) and frequently without the benefit of a tarpaulin. The pack covers will help keep your bags clean, too.