The One Little Thing: My Scarf

This is a post in an ongoing feature on Her Packing List called “The One Little Thing“. Each week or two, I’ll be interviewing a traveling lady to find out the one little thing she just can’t travel without. This one is brought to you by Beverley Reinemann:

I’m Beverley from Pack Your Passport; I’m a backpacker, a travel blogger and I’m currently 17 months into my Australian adventure with my boyfriend Mark.

What one little thing can you not travel without?

My Scarf from River Island (an English fashion store.) It’s made from cotton and silk, with sequins at each end and it goes with everything!

Why has this one item been so important to you?

Firstly it has some sentimental value (which we’ll come to later!) but since I’ve been travelling I’ve begun to wonder how I ever survived without it! It’s obviously handy as a scarf but I’ve also used it as a pillow/blanket on flights, a cover for my face on the beach, I’ve used it to wrap items in my bag and as a seat cover too.

How packable is it? Does it take up much room? Is it heavy?

Because I wear my scarf so much (literally it appears in 90% of all photos of me!) I’ve hardly ever had to pack it but when I have rolled it up and popped it in my bag it doesn’t take up much space and it’s really light.

Why would you recommend this to your travel friends?

Because a scarf is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can take backpacking. I wear it in the winter to keep me warm, on chilly evenings in the summer and even if the weather’s hot I use it to cover my shoulders because getting sunburnt is painful! A scarf can also be used to dress-up an otherwise dull backpacking outfit and a make-shift beachmat when you’re sunning yourself.

Can you name one incident or situation where you were so happy to have this item with you?

It was really handy when I was on a flight from Perth to Sydney last year. When we left Perth the weather was hot and the air was dry so I slipped into a strappy dress and hopped on the flight forgetting that the plane would be air-conditioned! Mid-flight, when I couldn’t stand the goosepimples anymore, I used my scarf as a blanket to cover up my bare legs!

How did you hear about this item?

It was bought for me as a present the Christmas before I left the UK by my best friend Leanne.

What sort of traveler is this item perfect for?

It’s perfect for any traveller who needs a space-saving item of clothing with multiple uses. It’s fashionable and practical and what more could a backpacking girl ask for?

Beverley is a 20-something girl travelling the world and the writer behind the Pack Your Passport travel blog. Connect with her on twitter or facebook.


  1. says

    I love my scarves! I usually just throw them on to spice up a neutral outfit, but I use them as neck-warmers, blankets to lay out on the grass, blankets to cover up on a cold plane, etc. So versatile!

  2. Helen says

    They’re a little bit pricey but I find that the Lululemon Vinyasa scarves are AMAZING for travelling with. They’re made of a wicking fabric so aren’t too hot. They also have snaps at the ends, allowing you to wear them tons of different ways or even unfold it and use ALL THE FABRIC (there’s a lot of it) as a blanket or wrap on a plane. Best investment I made when I became a bi-coastal student :)


  1. […] Scarf – It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a simple scarf to cover your head or shoulders in conservative countries, to ball up into a pillow on a long flight or to dress up an otherwise simple outfit. Airport shops and markets all over the world sell basic scarves and pashminas for cheap. I have a jersey infinity scarf that I wear in every season. […]

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