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Travel Tips: The Magic of Packing a Scarf/Pashmina

Travel Tips: The Magic of Packing a Scarf/Pashmina 2

Who would have ever thought that a nice, relatively lightweight scarf/pashmina, a piece of fabric approx. 60 inches (5 feet) long and 24 inches (2 feet) wide, could save you time and space while traveling?!

After reviewing several sites, I decided to give you the top 10 reasons to pack a scarf.

  1. Use it as a scarf. Simple enough.
  1. As a shawl. Over a strappy shirt or dress for those chilly evenings or to avoid those pesky mosquitos.
  1. For going to the beach. Your scarf makes a great sarong or beach towel. Fashionable and Multifunctional!
  1. For modesty- Some countries require you to cover your shoulders as exposed shoulders are too risqué. Most churches in Rome request that you cover not only your shoulders but also your chest if you are showing cleavage.
  1. To cover your hair- Either when you enter a mosque or on those windy days, a scarf is a great way to keep your head covered.
  1. To Jazz up an outfit- Use your scarf as a bolero, a belt, or to add just a splash of color.

Here is a video that will illustrate reasons 1-6:

  1. As part of an outfit- Use your scarf as a dress, skirt and or shirt to make an additional outfit. Here are some videos to show you how it’s done.

  1. As a blanket- When you get cold on the plane/train or want to cover your face while sleeping, why pay $5 for those cheap blankets the airline gives you. Just use your scarf.
  1. Need a pillow, roll up your scarf and place it behind your neck. Wa la!
  1. For a little privacy- You can use your scarf to cover yourself while breastfeeding or maybe you find there is no door to the bathroom in your hotel room. My favorite though is you just have to go…on the side of the road. Tie the corners of your scarf around your neck and drape the scarf in front of you (make sure the ends don’t reach the ground) and you have an instant guard wall.


There are many more ways to use a scarf. I am hoping these top ten will convince you of its merit.




By Ninnette M. Aquino

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