We all want to look good on our travels, granted. Our FB albums are longing to be packed to the brim with ridiculously impressive snaps from around the world, and the last thing we want to do is hide them all from our timelines!
But in all seriousness, this is real life. If you're going to be backpacking we can almost guarantee that you'll be on-the-go constantly, and the last thing which'll plague your brain will be your clothes! ‘Is this in season?’ should turn to ‘am I in the correct season?’... without realising you may be travelling to a part of the world where time zones shake up your usual routine.
So, what should you look out for?
Time of Year: Your first point of call? Check the weather. Sounds like a simple enough thing, but a lot of our travelers have gone away before not realising the country they’re travelling to is in a completely different season, and melted/frozen away. Be careful – Google your seasonal questions away and if you’re not sure, ask us and we’ll be happy to help. One man’s summer (South Africa) could equal a British winter!
What You’re Actually Doing: If you’re going to be heading out on an Experience trip it’s best to take lots of different types of clothes to cover all bases. We can’t declare our love for layers any louder, not only will they sort you right out in the outfit department (you won’t be wearing the same combo more than once!) but you’ll also be able to adapt to any drastic weather changes. If you’re volunteering then taking a pair of sturdy shoes would be handy and of course if you’re trekking up Kilimanjaro, make sure you read the kit list that we’ll provide you inside out so you don’t miss anything!
Be culturally sensitive: In some of the countries our Real Gappers visit, you will have to act in a culturally sensitive manner. For example in parts of Thailand you would have to cover your shoulders and knees, which means accounting for getting a little hot. Loose baggy trousers are the way to go (you’ll see loads of them in the markets) as well as mega thin cardigans or long sleeve tees. Last thing you’d want to do is upset the locals, so again – ask us if you’re unsure or check out the big G (Google) for more!
Accessorize up: Backpacks, both the size of yourself and incy wincy day bags are ESSENTIAL. They'll become your new best mate in no time! (Pssst... we're slightly obsessed with Herschel)
Tan Lines, pleaseeeee: A large portion of the countries we take our Real Gappers can get very hot, so make sure you take the precautions to cover up those sensitive areas – (no not those sensitive areas, cheeky! Shoulders, feet – you get the picture). It can be worth stocking up on a normal grade of suntan lotion – say factor 20, and then getting a factor 40 for those scorching hot days which come out of the blue (or should we say, red?). If you get burnt it can get really painful, so take this into consideration before you pack hundreds of vest tops!
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Written by Laura Ridgers