you're traveling in Kenya: don't wear white ANYTHING
(instantly dirty). Wear loose fitting, quick drying
clothes only (it's very, very hot). Take a bandana
for the dust and use covered shoes only unless
you're at a hotel.
Leslie, Cupertino, USA
to women touring Kenya, is to leave your mini-skirts,
tight jeans, short shorts and the like at home.
You may resent having to dress like, what may
seem to you, a "middle-aged woman." But most young
Kenyan women, especially outside the large cities,
will be dressed in loose-fitting, mid-calf length
skirts or dresses. If you dress the same way,
you will fit in and appear to be "at home."
Evelyn Staus, St. Paul, USA
the shalwar kameez is the only sensible thing
for women to wear. Pakistani women have developed
the perfect outfit - it's comfortable, covers
up the parts Pakistani men tend to get excited
about, and keeps you protected from the dust,
heat and grime of the country. Plus they look
neat. The duputta - the long scarf - is useful
to cover your mouth when you are riding in a motor
rickshaw in traffic and choking on lead filled
fumes. These outfits are also very inexpensive.
You can pick up really pretty cotton outfits in
the bazaars for about $5.00 - $10.00 Canadian
and $25.00 gets you the latest fashion.
kameez are also perfect outfits for lounging at
home when your trip is over.
Lynn, Ottawa, Canada
to China? Pack carefully. Skirts are convenient,
because the toilet floors are always wet and messy.
High heels (both open sandals and Mary Janes with
a strap) are popular, but I suggest avoiding thin
soled open sandals, again because of the condition
of the toilet floors. Also,
avoid wide leg pants - mine were useless due to
the propensity to drag in the bathroom muck. In
terms of style, I noticed that women in China
seldom show the waist of their pants or skirts
-- they wear a jacket over, or leave their shirt
untucked. Many women wear dark pantsuits or tailored
above-the-knee skirts (in darks, brights and pastels)
with matching jacket, often short sleeved. They
often wear these with ankle-high nylons and high
heels. When I was there, I saw only a few gathered
skirts and a few shorts. Which pants to pack?
Choose a synthetic, easy care fabric in a dark
color. Neither dryers nor fabric softener are
used in China so pack clothes that don't need
Catherine, Santa Fe, USA
white clothes. In major cities black is best!
This actually goes for all major cities in Europe
as well as Vancouver, Canada. Please pay special
attention to this tip in Japan, where white actually
Penny, Chapel Hill, USA
shoes for Europe on the off season are sturdy,
comfortable, black leather walking shoes. If you
can tolerate wool, wear them with black wool socks.
(Wool continues to insulate even if it gets wet.)
With black slacks, and a nice sweater or jacket,
you'll look much more polished than you would
in jogging shoes, jeans, and sweatshirt. And you'll
even be more comfortable, because your feet will
Martha, Cahors, France
getting better in the market of plus-size clothing!
Don't despair. Chic plus-size clothing is out
there -- especially the wonderful German nightgowns.
It's always a treat for me to bring one home from
Germany since they are made with the nicest cotton.
The same goes for their undergarments. Go to the
local department stores for those in a multitude
of sizes. Enjoy!
LouLou, Boston, USA
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