Is the Sarong the only thing you need to pack? You should ALWAYS take your sarong travelling especially to hot countries such as South East Asia or South America, The Caribbean etc From dresses to towels, bags to headscarves... the versatile sarong should always be in your backpack. The sarong looks good, it has sex appeal, it is light-weight, easily packed, cheap and quick to dry; They hardly take up any room in your pack. There is how your sarong can be your most essenital and sometimes only need...
Skip the extra skirt and take your sarong.
Skip taking 12 skirts, simply take a few lightweight sarongs travelling with you and not only will you save space and have a variety you can turn them from long to short and sometimes with reversible designs. Here is how to turn your Sarong into a skirt:
1.Fold the materially diagonally in half to get a triangle shape.
2.Wrap the sarong around your waist.
3.Gather the two ends of the sarong and tie a knot on the side.
Bath robe or dressing gown!
When you get out of the shower in places like South East Asia, you find it so humid that it's impossible to feel 100% dry, you sort of feel like you are just seating again. Personally I hate getting changed in those outdoor showers, I like running to my room. The beauty of the long sarong is that you can simply place it around you, its lightweight material barely touching and run into your fan/air con bungalow to cool off and get dressed.
I tend to find my sarong a wonderful item on long public transport. Either as an extra pillow or as a cover or blanket. It can be useful as a bpare bedsheets or an extra light blanket when in a hostel or camping.
Padding for breakables in transit
You just bought a glass or breakable souvenir. You're at the airport and just remembered how fragile this possession is. Suddenly you pull out your sarong and wrap it protectively around your valuable memory and all is right with the world again.
I tend to find my sarong a wonderful item when travelling on long public transport. Either as an extra pillow or as a cover or blanket. It can be useful as a spare bedsheets or an extra light blanket when in a hostel or camping.
The Beauty of a Long Sarong
The beauty of a long sarong is that it can always be shortened. At the same time it can be used as a dress, long skirt or beach towel. Below is an example of the many ways a long sarong can be turned from day to night and be used however you need.
Carry your Sarong for privacy
Sometimes, being on the road can be tough. Travelling can be exhausting and sometimes you want some privacy, the sarong can help. Use your sarong as a curtain or divider – handy for those hostels without bunk bed covers. As well as a head cover/blanket for when you're on public transport and just want to zone out.
Halter Neck Dress
The flexibility of the sarong makes it a versatile item of clothing. You can take your long sarong from short skirt to dress - you even have the flexibility of turning it into a stylish dress like the Halter
Step One: Hold the sarong vertically in front of your body. Then tie the top two corners around the back of your neck into a knot. Add an additional knot to create a double knot.
Step Two: Twist your sarong in front to create an opening keyhole. Hold on to each side of the sarong and gather two edges by your waist.
Step Three: Once you have gathered the two edges, begin to wrap them around the back. Tie the two edges into a double knot for security. You have now created a halter dress cover-up and you are ready to hit the beach!
Other reasons to take your sarong travelling
Keep from getting sunburnt
Simply wrap your sarong over your shoulders or legs to stop the sun from making contact. The beauty in this is that the material is highly breathable and you wont be smothered or too hot.
Use it as a shopping bag
Made that random purchase? Wanting to carry a handful of fresh fruit etc... no bag? No problem! Wrap your Sarong up swing it around your arm and carry those goodies back
Your sarong can easily act as a head scarf and keep you respectful when travelling. In many countries and in visiting temples it is important to cover up.
A Make-shift Pilow
Various ways to wear it as a dress
Strapless, short, long, holter, one side, Toga style, and it doesn't stop there... So many ways to wear your sarong as a dress