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Thailand, Vietnam or Bali? It doesn’t matter where you holiday in South East Asia because it is hot and humid all year round so your wardrobe for a holiday needs to be cool and comfortable with a minimum of fuss. Lightweight cotton sundresses, flowy styles, sarongs, kaftans, cover-ups, shorts and singlet tops, cossies, sandals and thongs are the order of the day.
So after holidaying in South East Asia on many occasions I have discovered what works well in your holiday wardrobe. I personally like to wear loose fitting dresses in lightweight fabrics that you can get away without ironing. Look for fabrics like crinkled cottons, cotton-synthetic blends, light jersey fabrics or knits. Leave at home heavy denim, dresses with synthetic lining, silk camisoles or blouses and long pants (unless they are extremely lightweight).
Here is what I wore this year on two separate South East Asian holidays:
It is important to also be wary of the sun factor in these places as it is easy to get sunburnt just by walking around the streets. It is a good idea to wear dresses or tops with sleeves to cover your shoulders, a good sunhat and lots of sunscreen, even if the sky is a little cloudy.
I have found that as I have got older I am more inclined to cover up from the sun rather than wear skimpy clothing to avoid further sun damage to my mature skin and also to cover up a multitude of sins like flabby upper arms and a wrinkled decolletage. It is much more flattering to cover up rather than having excessive flesh exposed at my age.
Many dresses and tops have short or 3/4 bell sleeves, dropped sleeves (exposing a little shoulder) or little capped sleeves. These styles not only look great but give you some sun protection on the shoulders and cover the upper arms.
A lot of people struggle with packing shoes and handbags when travelling. Due to the casual and relaxed style in South East Asian holiday resorts, you really only need to wear thongs or flat sandals during the day and maybe a dressy pair of sandals for night time. Take a roomy day bag, a large beach bag and a small clutch bag for evenings and that will do. Also don’t forget to pack a broad brim sunhat.
So you can travel to South East Asia without a lot of luggage or fuss. Remember easy-care casual resort wear is the best type of clothing for these types of holidays.
Have you travelled in South East Asia? What are your holiday packing tips? I’d would love to hear them.
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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