Now that my gear packing list is all but finalised, I’m up to deciding on the clothing I should be taking with me to Europe. At home this is normally a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, simple right? No need for the extra options that girls contend with like skirts, bra’s etc…
Other travel blogs are quick to suggest clothing advice (which you take with a grain of salt to some degree) because it worked for them. To me clothing is a personal thing. Sites say to take zip off pants with 50 pockets and so forth because they are practical, but really that’s just painting a big target on your back saying TOURIST HERE. Not that you won’t look like one anyway, but I’d like to make it at least a little less obvious.
All over the world people wear clothes that are comfortable and practical. Your jeans and t-shirt are just as common in Australia as they are in America, its only the brand that changes.
Hiking gear has its benefits, I just don’t see how walking the streets of Paris has anything to do with hiking, especially when everybody else is wearing just the same thing you would back home. If its comfortable to begin with, walking 2 or 10 kilometres a day shouldn’t matter.
There is a couple of points I think we all should take note of though. One is to pack for the weather conditions expected and not for every season. You can always buy more if needed, the rest of the world does sell cloth’s just like back home you know.
As I’ll be hitting Europe around May/June I can expect to find a temperature range some where between 10-20 degrees celsius. To me that says pants and t-shirt, with a jacket for the really cold days. I’ll take a pair of shorts too, and if I find there are more hot days then first though I can just buy another pair. Why pack for all conditions when you already know what season your travelling into? This helps keep your options simple and leads into my next point.
The second point is thrown about as the holy grain of travel and somewhat of a competition. Travel light and your some sort of god, not to mention saving your back from hours of pain. You can’t really argue with it either I mean nobody wants to carry about 50+ pounds in their backpack do they? (Isn’t that right Wes). So while most of your clothing from back home can fit that mould, you need to be conscious of space and weight when making the final choice.
Like I said before take all clothing advice with a grail of salt, my words included. Everybody is different and has their own ideas and preferences to what they pull on in the morning, this is just my thoughts on the topic.
With all that said and done here is my current list of clothing that will accompany me to Europe.
1x Casual Dark Pants
1x Polo Shirt with Collar
1x Light Casual Jacket
1x Waterproof Jacket
1x Shoes – Study Sole
1x Thongs – Shower
All items of clothing will be of the darker shades because how much fun is it going to be getting a stain out of whites clothes when dark clothes can hide it. Also feel free to offer suggestions on something I have forgotten or should change.
Once my final list is set, both my gear and clothing list will be combined and I will create a pdf document you can download to help prepare for your own trip.