Packing Part 2: Clothing
Traveling Light But Still Stylish
As a woman traveling on two wheels, I’ve thought long about my wardrobe. I tend toward casual (years in the fitness industry ensured that) but also love to throw on a dress or skirt. I find them to be more comfortable than almost anything.
Every inch matters when you are literally carrying everything with you. So here’s what I did:
In April, I put my bike on Amtrak and took only what would fit into the paniers. Over 15+ days of travel, I honed my choices.
Then, I got back to Brooklyn and took a box the total volume of what I’d be able to carry on my Vespa and put all of what I thought I’d want for the summer. I will be in the super hot temps but also spending a fair amount of time in the NorthWest, so that informed my choices.
I then lived out of just that box for about a week. Surprisingly, I removed a fair number of items and only added a handful.
Here is something funny: 5 days into this current journey, I stopped at a UPS store and gathered up a few belongings that I realized I wasn’t going to need. 75% of them were what I added to the box at the last minute!
My now friend Roxi of Angelrox makes clothing that is right up my alley. I wish I could bring my entire selection of her clothes, but just a few pieces are enough to create any look I want or need.
Here’s the list:
Long sleeve performance type shirt (Patagonia) with a half zip
Black Angelrox Wrap
Brown and gray Angelrox Flirt
Black Angelrox Playsuit
Gray performance pants that convert to capris
Black stripe Angelrox ballet top
Gray sleeveless top
White Union Garage tee-shirt (represent the home crew!)
2 Angelrox Hourglass (multi-functional top/ skirt/ scarf pieces)
Black tankini suit
4 pairs underwear/ 2 Bratops
superlight nightgown that can also be worn at the pool/ hanging out
2 cooling Uniqlo tops as underlayers
3 pairs Smart Wool socks
Cooling vest and cloths
Ankle high riding boots
Blue ballet flat
Revit riding jacket with zip-out liner that can also be a windjacket on it’s own.
Revit riding pants. These are the important safety pieces with padding and “armor”
10 weeks or so on the road (maybe longer or shorter, only time will tell). I have another secret for keeping my wardrobe fun and interesting, future post.