Master your travel game with these essentials

With booming international tourism, expenditure on outbound travel[1] from the Middle East is expected to total AED 91.9bn this year. That means a lot of flying, quite possibly through a lot of airports and time zones.

To be among the more practical set of travelers in a context where airlines are becoming increasingly stricter with their baggage rules, you have to be quite judicious in packing the right mix of clothing that is light, utilitarian and durable to make sure that you look great in your Instagram pics and have enough to cycle over your holiday or trip.  Ideally, you should be able to mix, match, and layer to create different looks.

The first step would of course be to develop a good checklist planning out your entire trip, pairing outfits and possibly a color scheme, while being aware of the weather forecast for your time there.  Also, only take things you absolutely love so that you have enough room for your souvenirs on your return trip.

Travelers today are also increasingly trying to avoid checking in bags, not only to avoid fees but to also bypass check-in lines and customs.

Basic tees– The failsafe to any travel luggage are basic tees, ideally in 100 per cent breathable cotton. Tees and henleys are also the easiest to dress up with a blazer. The rule is to carry multiple tees for the same pair of shorts or trousers. Tees also don’t take up much room in your luggage and are best stored rolled up to make the most of space. It is a useful tip is to pack any light-colored clothing inside out to avoid wrinkles as well as prevent stains. Columbia’s CSC basic logo short sleeve is just as ideal for casual days as well as sporting and any outdoor life.

If you are going to be outdoors a lot, the super light and comfy Solar Ice Short Sleeve Shirt is equipped with high-performance wicking material to keep sweat at bay.  Its innovative fabric technology – Omni Shade Sun Deflector has UPF 30 sun protection and deflects sunlight away from the body so you feel cool and stay protected.

Weatherproof jacket: Especially when travelling to Europe this summer, invest in a lightweight, waterproof yet minimalist jacket to help keep you warm and dry in the cooler nights and when it rains. Carry the jacket onboard and use as additional cushioning during the flight. Able to withstand a range of weather conditions, Columbia’s EvaPOURation jacket made of woven fabric and a performance blend of waterproof breathability and accelerated wicking technology keeps you dry and comfortable on both the exterior and interior. The EvaPOURation’s underarm vents deliver additional breathability, and also adds lots of storage options.

Shorts: A couple of quick-drying light weight shorts and a pair of jeans are all you need on your holiday. These can be mixed and matched with polos and T-shirts to work for most climates in the Northern hemisphere this time of year. The Columbia PFG Men’s Harborside Chino Short, for example, is a cotton-blend classic that combines versatile comfort and style for work and play. They’re crafted from a mixture of cotton, polyester and elastane to deliver an experience that’s soft, flexible, and breathable.

Shoes: Often the bulkiest items to take with you, it is better not to place them in the check-in suitcase. You also want to take with you footwear that is versatile and toe the middle ground between stylish and comfortable.  They also need to be comfortable enough to handle all the walking around in the airports and your holiday destination.  It might be a smart idea to wear them to the plane and change to flip-flops or thick socks when airborne.  E.g. Columbia’s FLUIDFLEX X.S.R.  shoe helps you negotiate multiple surface types. The upper features a composite stretch mesh rear bootie, a mesh forefoot, and lock down lace system. The midsole is crafted with deep flex grooves to be soft, resilient, and flexible. Its highly durable outsole is engineered for optimal traction on and off the road.


[1] https://www.wttc.org/-/media/files/reports/economic-impact-research/regions-2018/middleeast2018.pdf

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