The Humble Sarong
The Sarong may not be uber fashionable in your day to day life. Often it is ridiculed or labelled as something your mum wears to the beach. Well your mum raised you and is smarter than you and you should probably pay more attention to her advice.
My sarong, although not ethically made, is 8 years old and probably the most practical item I have in terms of clothing when I travel. The best part? IT WILL ALWAYS FIT. EVEN IF YOU EAT TOO MANY PIZZA’S IN ITALY (note: it is actually not possible to eat too many pizza’s in Italy), or if you lose too much weight, say, walking across Asia like an idiot.
You can play around with the sarong to turn it into a flowing dress, very comfortable and lightweight. Make sure you tie the knots tightly (or wear a belt, sometimes I just use a shoelace from one of my shoes, this trip I use either a piece of rope from the tent or my sexual bum bag) to avoid falling out of your dress
Tie a couple knots at the ends and voila you have a bag to chuck your food in, or drink bottle, if you buy something down the street, just pop it in.
When it gets too cold on buses or you are taking a nap, throw it over you as a soft sheet. It’s comforting and warms you up, or keeps the sun off you. Versatile.
Keep that neck warm little biddy.
Many religious sites require you to cover your shoulders, knees and even hair/top of head, when entering. Be respectful and cover up, carrying a sarong will enable you entry to places you may otherwise be restricted from.
I don’t travel with a towel anymore, waste of space and they are too heavy. Just use your sarong as a towel, and hang it up after use, it dries super quickly and is usually lighter than even a fast-dry towel. Microfibre towels also aren’t great for the environment. And you can lie on your sarong at the beach.
If you’re not already using your sarong as a sheet, fold it, roll it and rest your weary head on it. Boom. Napski.
Match it with your shirts, also sarongs are commonly worn by men in many pacific island nations as well as in parts of central Africa, so dudes, get your free flow on.
In case you injure yourself you can make a makeshift sling, or fold it up and wrap it tightly around a wound.
Fold in half and tie a few knots and you have a shirt!
Get a sarong that’s large enough to wrap around and long enough to cover your body.
Get one that isn’t see-through or white (like mine, so silly).
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*A special thanks to Megan, my token Instagram boyfriend, for taking super delicious shots of me in my sarong. Couldn’t look this fab without you xx