Clothing & Footwear
Tim and I like to have a functional wardrobe when we travel. If anything, he’s more fashion-conscious than me.
There are now so many great travel brands and collections it would be impossible to list them all. This page is a work in progress at the moment, but we aim to add enough information and resources from our own experience, to point you in the right direction.
Section 1 – Provides a selection of resources, including a list of brands and retailers that sell travel-specific clothes and footwear, along with some considerations when choosing your wardrobe.
Section 2 – Links to other posts and pages relevant to travel clothes & footwear.
Of course, new brands, collections, and retailers are always emerging.
We try to keep up, but please tell us about your favorite brands and retailers for travel clothes and footwear in the comments below. We’ll try and check them out and then add them to the list.
Section 1 – Accommodation Resources
As distinct from resort wear and general street wear.
If I had to describe our clothing and footwear with four words, they would be:
- Comfortable – Loose-fitting and breathable.
- Durable – Most of our clothes last between 2 and 5 years with constant wear, sometimes longer. Tim just threw away a T-shirt he’s had since 2012. (It’s 2023 at the time of writing.) They’ve survived harsh washing techniques (beaten on rocks, ) hours of friction when we’re on the move, and all types of weather conditions (harsh sun, high humidity, torrential rain)
- Easy Care – Everything gets washed in one load, and nothing requires ironing.
- Suitable for different cultures. This point is primarily an issue with me (Sharyn) as a female. Most of my tops are loose-fitting, have sleeves, and cover my butt. They can therefore pass muster in all but the most conservative cultures.
- Flexible – we use layers to adapt to different climates and create different styles for various venues.
The great thing about all the new materials and brands coming to market is you no longer have to sacrifice ‘fashion’ for form. Here are some of our favorites we’ve worn over the years.
Clothes for Winter Travel
We try to avoid the cold wherever possible. However, on long multi-month trips, we rarely get away without the following items:
- Thermals – 1 set – top and bottom. 2 sets when we’re cycling.
- Coat or jacket
We try to stay in warmer climes and have no problems putting up with 30-plus days and high humidity.
Socks – Tim has only ever worn Explorers since we started traveling
I have only listed the retailers we’ve shopped at, either online or
We’ve found Decathlon all over the world. We’ve shopped here in Europe, Asia, and North America.
My latest purchase was new socks in Bengaluru. I bought cycling and swimming gear from the Ho Chi Minh City branch.
Good quality clothing at reasonable prices.
- Kathmandu – we love this brand and the shop. We bought a lot of stuff here for our first round-the-world trip. The 12.50 AUD (on sale) t-shirts survived constant wear for three and a half years. No split seams or shape-shifting, and while they were pretty thin when we returned, they were still wearable. My Kathmandu-branded boots were super comfy, and the rain jacket I bought, lasted years after our return.
- Mountain Designs – We bought our original packs here from memory, but they also have a good range of our favorite brands and regular sales with members’ prices.
REI – We can’t walk by an REI store and could spend hours checking out the clothes, camping, and sportswear.
Section 2 – Relevant Posts & Pages
- How to travel light – strategies to reduce the weight of your luggage.
- Travel essentials – These are the first things in our pack.
What else would you like to know? Tell us in the comments below.
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