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Thailand in January: Essentials to pack?

Thailand in January: Essentials to pack?

Old Nov 30th, 2004, 04:54 PM
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As for the microfiber shirts,I have many labeled 90 degree, which I have found to keep me quite cool up to the 90 degree temperature range. Maybe my body temperature is able to stay cooler since I'm used to hot weather...I've lived my whole lifetime in warm to hot temps. I don't sweat to death in the microfiber and all the shirts I travel with are long sleeved. I usually wear a very thin cotton undershirt underneath my long-sleeved microfiber shirts and then I don't have to wash the shirts as much since the undershirt is next to my body.I also like the feel of cotton, but I don't take my hardcore travel clothes in cotton anymore, that is,the clothes that I'm outside(of air conditioning) walking around in. I save the cotton,and linen clothes...shirts and skirts... for wearing inside of the hotel. Happy Travels!
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Old Nov 30th, 2004, 07:16 PM
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quality clothes, i.e. designer, are just as expensive as in usa/canada...regular thai clothes will probably be too small for you and the styles are often not western compatible...you will find some things you like but not alot...custom clothes are another thing all together....they take several days to be made however...
thai quality is not as good as western in many cases....many things we buy here are made in thailand but you do not see them in thailand...
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Old Dec 1st, 2004, 06:49 AM
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For our hardcore clothes,take advantage of the clothes produced by travel clothing companies and as I said above, make the investment in them. They will last for decades. We are lucky that so many such companies have popped up over the past decade or so.About three decades ago, there wasn't a whole lot of choice. Back then I wore the original Banana Republic travel clothes...back when it was owned by the husband/wife team up in northern California. This was way before micro fibers. So, I've been into this travel clothing industry for some decades now and have worn just about everyone's clothes. Years ago, I was asked to work for a travel clothing company during my vacation time from my regular profession in order to clothe groups of their customers who needed to be outfitted for excursions to Kenya and other exotic places.I know clothing quite well. Happy Travels!
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Old Dec 1st, 2004, 09:33 AM
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Typo correction above..."your" not "our" Happy Travels!
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Old Dec 1st, 2004, 10:38 AM
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Guenmai- is there a woman out there that actually has kept clothes as old as a decade and if so do they actually wear them? Not in my life have I run across such a person.
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Old Dec 1st, 2004, 12:04 PM
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Bill....dear Bill...what a hoot you are. You keep me laughing!As for the clothes...I'm talking about hardcore travel clothes...not "cute" clothes.I have different types of clothes. The "cute" clothes get rotated when the styles change or I just get sick of them or they wear out. I've been seriously into fashion/style since the age of 3. I was the kid who would get the best dressed awards in school.So, I like many women, like to buy new clothes pretty often. But the hardcore travel stuff, the stuff I'm talking about, is the stuff I expect to be constructed to be durable enough for an elephant to tromp on, a lion to chew , bugs to attack,to be monsoon rained on, washed in a hotel sink or a river, and last through all the jumping in and out of many taxis on the way to the many different hotels I stay at and still come out in one piece! That's the travel wardrobe I'm referring to...not the one that I would sashay(sp?) to dinner in at...say...Biscotti Restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok.The hardcore stuff doesn't need to be bought over a hundred times...afterall khaki is khaki is khaki. I needed a good laugh today and Bill...once again you've provided me with one! Happy Travels!
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Old Dec 1st, 2004, 03:09 PM
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Thanks to Guenmai and everyone for the information. I think I am going to go the microfiber route for our adventure travelling and pack one or two nice things for dinners in town. Guenmai, I was at A16 yesterday and will try Distant Lands over the weekend. I may head to REI in Manhattan Beach for backpacks for the boys. Thanks so much for the help.
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Old Dec 1st, 2004, 03:55 PM
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guenmai; well, to followup on bill:

you can fit into those decades old clothes? how do you do it? when i put on my old uniform the other day, the starboard and port side couldn't connect.
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Old Dec 1st, 2004, 04:40 PM
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Kuranosuke...Yes,all of the clothes in my closet fit...except for one skirt...even all the classic pieces dated back to the late 80s...and I have a lot of clothes...two walk-in closets with 15 built-in drawers along with other storage space. I guess it's all that jumping in and out of taxis...moving from hotel to hotel...as Bill teases me about...along with basically taking public transportation and walking for hours while on vacation that does the trick...no lounge lizard here! Happy Travels!
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To Annmcd...You'll LOVE Distant Lands! I go there a lot. I live near it. Happy Travels!
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Old Dec 1st, 2004, 06:41 PM
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Guenmai - it's not how long you've had your clothes that surprises me, it's that you wear long sleeves - over undershirts - in such a climate. I can't even do that summers in Chicago! Oh well, we all learn to live inside our own skin. As for me, I'll spend my vacation in cotton gauze dresses. -carol
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Old Dec 1st, 2004, 06:58 PM
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Cjackson...The long sleeves don't bother me in the least bit. Plus, remember, I'm wearing the 90-degree temperature shirts.I can always roll them up and connect them to the shoulder tab thing to convert to short, but I've never done that. When I was traveling through Morocco and Tunisia back in the early 80s, I covered up like the women there. They said that covering up has a cooling effect against the blazing sun. It worked quite well. Happy Travels!
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Old Dec 4th, 2004, 04:40 AM
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While we have traveled a lot over the years I never believed in washing clothes out during the trip. BUT..when I broke my arm in Tokyo, I could only wear knits, no zippers. Luckily I had a Chicos outfit and an Eileen Fisher one I usually reserve for the flights. Well, wore only these two outfits with silk tee shirts for 21 days! Washed them out at night and went on my way. Shipped my large suitcase to the airport and just used my 22 inch one. I think I looked ok and it was so easy. I will always pack this way for future trips (with maybe a few extra tee shirts.)
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