What to pack
As a girly girl I know I feel my best when I look my best, which can be difficult to do in 30 degree heat and only enough space in your backpack for a few key items of clothes. When I go on holiday I usually pack my suitcase full and use half of his for the rest of my clothes! But...I love a challenge so here is my list of essential clothes so far for the feminine backpacker.
2-3 basic scoop neck tshirt with 3/4 arms. One in black, white and any colour in between. These are super cheap to buy and will go with pants and skirts alike.
Pair these with 2-3 knee length skirts, preferably patterned as the basic tops are block colours. These skirts with the tshirts are a great combo, paired with pretty sandals this look is so feminine, good in the heat and also culturally acceptable:- in certain areas of Thailand and Cambodia it is best to have the tops of your arms and knees covered, particularly if you want to visit the temples. They also transfer so easy from day to night wear, dress this outfit up by changing into some sparkly sandals/gladiators and add a girly waist belt and your good to go in under 2 minutes!
2 day dresses. A pretty floral dress that makes you feel feminine and comfortable. I'm taking my trusty black leggings underneath mine as my favourite ones are too short for comfort . I'm also taking one light and one dark cardigan to match in case i need some arm coverage quickly for an impromptu temple visit.
1 pair of shorts. Just to wear on the beach mainly, paired with a basic tank top (I'm taking 1-2)
1 pair of pants. For jungle trekking. Paired with shoes and socks to keep leeches at bay and paired with one of the above tops.
1 pretty white shirt. This can be worn during the day but can also dress up your pants nicely for an evening with your sparkly sandals
1 maxi dress. For that extra glamour when a night out demands it!
As mentioned above I'm taking one pair of sturdy shoes for walking in the jungle areas, one pair of comfortable but feminine sandals For the daytime and a pair of sparkly gladiators for the nights. I'm also debating some pretty ballet flats as I know some restaurants and clubs can turn you away in sandals.
Finally...underwear. I'm keeping it simple by taking 7 pairs of knickers. 1 strapless bra for the maxi dress and 3 bikinis. Bikini tops work fine as bras to save you more precious space in that backpack. However remember to coordinate your colours! A black bikini under a white tshirt is a big no-no!
So here's my list : -
2 day dresses
1 white shirt
1 maxi dress
1 waist belt
Remember the key is to pick things you can mix and match to create different looks...and a good pair of sunglasses can glam up any outfit! Also don't forget your basic make-up kit. Just because you're roughing it in hostel doesn't mean you can't take 5 minutes to look fabulous. Here's what's in my travel beauty bag :-
1 mini brush
Plenty of bobby pins and bobbles
Dry shampoo and a mini hairspray
Black gel eyeliner
Blush and a mini brush to apply it
Clear lipgloss for the day
Tweezers - do not forget these!!