No matter where you are headed this season, you want your trip to be as stress-free and uncomplicated as possible. And it starts with the packing process. Because lugging a big suitcase full of clothes you never wear through the airport during your trip is no fun, and arriving at your destination and not having the right clothing to wear is even worse!
The secret to finding the right clothes for a trip is to be aware of your destination’s climate, the activities you will be doing, and then choosing layering pieces that can be added or removed throughout the day.
You essentially want to create a travel capsule wardrobe that readies you for a variety of adventures.
Travel Clothing 101 (or why our Merino Tencel is your year round best bet for Take Less Do More Travel!)
The key to packing the best travel clothes is to find a few key pieces that fall into the following categories:
Performance fabrics: These are fabrics that are versatile, breathable, moisture wicking and easy to care for.
Wrinkle resistant: There shouldn’t be a need for a steamer or iron during your travels. Look for fabrics that are wrinkle resistant. These can include naturally wrinkle-resistant natural fibers such as merino wool and tencel.
Neutral colors: The goal is to streamline your packing space. Look for neutral, nature-inspired colors that allow you to wear each piece with multiple other pieces.
Versatility: You want something casual enough to wear on the trail or beach, but that still looks smart enough to wear out to dinner.
Sun protection: All fabrics block UV rays to some degree, but sun-protection clothing features an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) rating against both UVA and UVB rays. Merino wool has a UPF of 50, which blocks 98% of UV rays.
Easy care: Maximizing the wear of the clothing you bring may include washing your garments during your trip. Clothing that is made of merino wool and tencel can be easily washed, dry quickly, and do not require ironing.
An unfortunate essential of travel, foreign and domestic
Whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated, at the time of this article, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires travelers on commercial airlines to wear a mask when flying or riding public transportation.
Our pick is the Nui Organics Merino Tencel Mask that has been treated with HeiQ Viroblock – an antiviral and antibacterial fabric treatment. Entirely safe to have next to the skin, the treatment is EU REACH and US FIFRA compliant, Oeko Tex certified and Bluesign homologized.
While merino is already naturally antibacterial, the addition of HeiQ Viroblock reduces 99% of viruses such as Covid-19 on the surface of the material in less than 30 minutes, making the masks safer and more effective.
It is machine or hand washable so you can easily wash and wear it again on your return flight home.
Look Great, Feel Great, Travel Comfortable
Once you are packed with the best travel clothing for your trip, you can focus on enjoying the sights, new experiences, and people you encounter. Stress-free, natural, and sustainable, you’ll feel like a million bucks wherever you go.