I had read and listened to tons of advice before I left on my trip. One of my takeaways – Buy a sarong. I wanted to buy one in SEA so it was one of the things I didn’t pack. Although I did include it in my original packing list.
I found the perfect one at the Central Market in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It had a cool traditional pattern on it and could be dressed up or down. I knew I would use it, but I had no idea I’d use it on a daily basis!
Uses for sarongs while traveling:
- Skirt for casual wear, can be worn long or short
- Dress for a beach day, tie behind the neck
- Scarf/shawl when it gets cooler at night
- Blanket for chilly bus/plane/boat rides or hostels with thin blankets
- Shawl to cover your shoulders at temples and conservative regions
- Shawl to dress up your outfit and get into a fancy bar when you only have backpacker clothes
- Headscarf for windy boat rides
- Umbrella for unexpected rain
- Towel to lay out at the beach, at the pool, or at a park
- Towel to dry your hands when there are no paper towels in the bathroom
- Laundry bag, when tied up around dirty clothing, it holds ~2 kilos of laundry