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Most modern caravans these days are equipped with a wardrobe and a fair amount of cupboard space. It’s always very tempting to throw in a heap of clothing just because you can. However what we need to keep in mind is that this all adds extra weight and this can contribute to the overall weight load of your caravan or motorhome. I’ve come up with some suggestions on what to wear when travelling in your caravan. Remember – less is more!
Just like packing for an overseas holiday you need to plan ahead. Think about the climate of your destination, what types of activities you will be doing and whether you’ll be dining out or visiting relatives/friends.
If you’re going to a warm climate you’ll need lighter clothing like shorts, singlet tops, tee shirts, summer dresses, sandals and thongs. You may also like to throw in a pair of bathers and a sarong or cover up for swimming.
For colder climates you’ll need leggings or tights, jeans, jumpers, windcheaters, long sleeve tees, a jacket, boots and lace up shoes. I always throw in my runners as I do a lot of walking and hiking. Plus a raincoat or windbreaker comes in handy for wet days.
Pack a combination of colour co-ordinated clothing that goes together. If you stick to neutrals, black or navy you can’t go wrong. You will be surprised as to how many outfits you can create out of just a few pieces as long as they all blend together.
I find that when I’m travelling all day in our car, or out walking, that I need comfortable underwear. Bras without underwiring that provide good support are the best to travel in. There is nothing worse than wiring digging into your ribcage. Nor are bras that don’t support your breasts properly and can cause you to jiggle all over the place when you’re travelling on bumpy roads!
I’ve discovered that Playtex feature a wide range of wirefree bras that offer lift and support, without the wires, for comfortable and easy all-day wear. From soft crops that offer 4-way stretch and move with you, to wirefree bras with cushioned comfort straps to relieve shoulder pressure, to bras that minimise and shape. Check out Playtex’s range of bras HERE.
I’m also pretty selective when it comes to undies. I like them to be made out of natural fabrics like soft cotton or bamboo so that they’re breathable and able to soak up sweat on a hot day. Particularly in warmer climates undies that are absorbent are best. These are available at most stores.
As laundering can be an issue I would select from wrinkle-free clothing that dries quickly and doesn’t require ironing. Fabrics like lycra, cotton/polyester blends, rayon/lyocell, denim and knits are generally wrinkle free.
If you’re like me and do a lot of walking when I’m caravanning it’s essential to have comfortable footwear. These days I prefer Podiatrist designed or Orthotic shoes. I even wear Orthotic thongs these days!
Fortunately, now there are many different brands and types of shoes specifically made for foot comfort and support. I always travel with a good pair of runners, but if you’re into hard core hiking you probably would be better off with a pair of hiking boots.
I also take a pair of leather lace-up shoes that are a little dressier but can also be worn when you’re out walking. My personal choice is the Frankie4 brand of shoes, that I have found to be the most comfortable and supportive shoes I’ve ever worn. Plus they also come in a great range of fashionable styles and colours.
I have been wearing Orthaheel thongs for the past six years and find they give me good arch support. I can even walk a reasonable distance in these and not get tired aching feet. I also have a pair of Birkenstock sandals that have been around forever and are all the rage at the moment.
Some pharmacies sell these shoes and there are a couple of footwear retail shops such as Sole Integrity and Footmaster Shoes that sell them as well. It’s worth the investment as good footwear makes all the difference when you’re travelling.
At the end of the day it is all about comfort and versatility. But I also feel that you can look smartly dressed without too much effort.
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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