Travelling pants– the seeming must-have necessity for all travellers nowadays.
Usually recognisable by being covered in elephants or some other form of exotic creature, no doubt you’ll have seen photos of these wonders splashed across travel albums your Facebook news feed- or perhaps you own a pair or several yourself.
But why the hype?
As is the case with everything, crazes catch on. It seems now that travelling pants are having their day. It’s easy to see why.
When you travel a continent like Asia, your dress code is very important. If you want to visit the temples and other religious sites, covering your shoulders and knees is obligatory. It is very disrespectful not to and largely, you will be refused admission. It’s vital to respect the cultures and traditions in foreign countries. However, when packing a bag for your travels, packing trousers is often something that goes amiss. With the expectations of long days on the beach, by the pool or in the cities, it’s easy to overlook these essentials. Do not fret though- in just about every shop, these trousers are on sale and can be bartered down in price and provide the perfect leg-cover-up.
Who can resist a good photo opportunity- especially when you’ve just reached the summit of another mountain or are riding another elephant?! These pants definitely fit the traveller image well and make you look a bit ‘wordly’- after all, in just a pair of jeans, who’s to say you’re not up the back of the hill in your back garden? These colourful numbers are a must-have.
When it comes to climbing a mountain or riding on the back of a camel, comfort is key. The last thing you want is a tight pair of shorts cutting off the circulation in your legs as you begin trekking. And often, temperatures at the top of the mountain are a lot nippier than at the bottom. It’s important to be well dressed for the occasion. These pants are loose fitting giving you a lot of unrestricted movement, keep the chill off your legs without suffocating them and are also very comfy. They are extremely versatile, whether it’s an overnight bus journey or a mountain walk, every occasion is a travelling pants occasion as far as I’m concerned.
HOWEVER… As is the case with everything, there are some drawbacks. Here are my top tip’s when it comes to travelling pants.
Firstly, prepare for them to rip.
Whether it be when you’re hoisting yourself up to that top bunk on the train or walking up a mountain, it’s inevitable. The fact that they can be bought cheaply lends itself to the fact that they are also made cheaply. These pants aren’t made to last- and wearing them runs the risk that whilst you may start the day with them intact, you may not end the day in the same way. Taking a needle and thread in your backpack is always a good shout if you’re keen on the idea of buying a pair.
Secondly, hand-wash them yourself.
Often these trousers are very colourful and unless you want the rest of your clothes to look similar, always wash them separately. These pants are notorious for bleeding out their colour. Don’t let these pants ruin the rest of your wardrobe. A simple hand-wash in the sink can save the day as well as stop you smelling. My advice is to avoid washing machines with these bad boys.
So go wear them, share them and good luck if you tear them.