How to Buy Clothes While Traveling

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27-09-2016, 06:00
Seasoned travelers know that the key to comfortable traveling is packing light. A small carry on with a few essentials allows you to move easily when you arrive at your destination. If you plan on traveling, especially through another country, then pack as few garments as you can, and pick up things as you need them. Once you arrive at your destination, you will get to know the local style and weather, and pick up things you need. This article will tell you how to buy clothes while traveling.

How to Prepare

  1. Pack travel soap. This will reduce the amount of money you have to spend on clothes while traveling. Many travel stores sell small laundry soap sheets that dissolve and lather when placed in a sink full of water, so you don't have to carry extra liquids.
  2. Pack 2 to 3 changes of clothing to get you through the first few days. Even if you plan on checking luggage, it is a good idea to carry a few clothing changes with you, in case your luggage is lost or delayed. Focus on packing comfortable shoes, neutral colors, wrinkle resistant clothing, shirts and pants with pockets and anything stain resistant.
  3. Pack clothing and undergarments in your checked luggage that you aren't afraid to leave at your destination. There's always a risk that an airline could lose your bag. Cut out that risk by carrying clothes you plan to replace.
  4. Avoid planning to buy all clothing items while you are traveling. Women should not buy bras or swimsuits since they are hard to buy using the local sizing conventions. Shoes should be bought before a trip and adequately broken in, to avoid foot injuries or blisters.
  5. Research products that are a specialty in the area. For example, Australia is known for their sheepskin boots, like Uggs, and Peru is known for its alpaca knits. You can buy and wear your souvenirs while traveling.

How to Buy

  1. Figure out the equivalent local size in your country. Many countries size shoes and clothing differently than others. Ask a store clerk what sizes are small, medium or large, to get a good idea what sizes will fit you.
  2. Try on clothing before buying it. Unless you are certain something will fit you, or you are buying underwear, make sure you can try it on. Travel clothing needs to breathe and move easily, or it is not worth the purchase.
  3. Avoid buying clothing from street side vendors. You cannot adequately try on most street vendor clothing. There is a good chance it is not well made, if it is being sold for an extremely cheap price.
  4. Prepare to barter, if that is acceptable in the country you are visiting. Guide books should be able to tell you what the appropriate bartering customs are.
  5. Choose cotton undergarments and synthetic outerwear. Cotton is breathable, but easily wrinkled, so it should go under your clothing. Synthetic fabrics are usually wrinkle resistant and flexible.
  6. Replace your clothing slowly. Travel can be very tough on clothes, because you are moving more than usual. Buy a shirt or pair of pants as your other pants wear out, or get too dirty to clean in a hotel room.
  7. Buy large jackets or rain coats if you need them. Buying clothes while traveling means that you don't have to pack for contingencies.


  • Most of the clothing we wear in our daily life is not fit for travel. They are not wrinkle-proof or stain resistant. Also, jeans, t-shirts and athletic shoes lack the versatility of being appropriate for day and night use.
  • If you are trying to limit the amount of weight in your luggage, remember that jeans are much heavier than khakis and slacks, and less versatile.
  • If you are traveling to Europe, remember that the standard of dress is slightly more formal than other countries.
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