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 comes to you from Megan Davies Wykes.
What’s the one little thing you can’t travel without?
Definitely my sarong. It is basically just a large rectangle of cotton, but I’ve used it as a towel, as a picnic or beach blanket, scarf against the cold, shawl against the sun (or to go into churches), blanket on long coach journeys, dress or skirt when I’ve been swimming (or have been slow about washing pairs of shorts). Oh, and folded up to make a pillow.
Why has this one item been so important to you?
Mostly it’s adaptability. It has been so useful to me in so many situations.
How packable is it? Does it take up much room? Is it heavy?
I wouldn’t call it heavy. It’s about the same weight/size as a very thin travel towel but is more useful (you can’t wear a towel out and about). It also dries quicker.
Would you recommend this to your travel friends?
Can you name one incident or situation when you were so happy to have this item with you?
A very chilly 10 hour coach journey.
How did you hear about this item?
My family loves to travel generally and we have always taken a sarong each.
What sort of traveler is this item perfect for?
Any sort, I take one even when I go to conferences, but I think it is especially useful when youth hosteling.
About the Author: Megan Davies Wykes grew up in London. She has traveled around the USA and South America by herself for a few months in between her undergrad and PhD. Before this she’d also been to a few different places like Japan.