Wherever I’m going in the world and no matter for what length of time, I always pack a medium-weight scarf in a flattering color or print that is universally outfit-friendly. When traveling, a scarf is one of the most versatile items you can bring as it can be used in a variety of ways.
Scarves add an instant bit of sophistication to any outfit. You may be wearing jeans and the free t-shirt you got at a pub in Scotland, but toss a scarf around your neck and your outfit instantly looks chicer. A scarf can also be worn a variety of ways. Drape it around your shoulders for a more elegant look or knot it at the nape of your neck for a more buttoned up look. If you’re going for a more casual appearance, loosely toss it around your shoulder blades. The right scarf can dress up any look and add a bit of posh to whatever old thing you throw on.
Scarves can also add a pop of color or an interesting pattern to an otherwise bland traveling attire. I’ve based entire outfits for a weekend away around a single scarf. Throw in a lot of black, add a teal scarf, and voila! Easy packing.
A scarf can also come in handy on a bad hair day. Simply tuck your hair under the scarf and cover it up. If your significant other surprises you while on vacation with a convertible you can go à la Bridget Jones and cover up your hair before it becomes a bad hair day – just don’t let it fly off. In addition, a scarf can be made into a makeshift bandana for an unplanned game of tennis if you didn’t bring a hair band or to tie back wet hair after an impromptu dip in the ocean or pool.
Wrap a scarf loosely around your neck and it works perfectly for warm weather. If unexpectedly stuck in cooler weather, wrap it tighter around your neck for extra warmth. I’ve even wrapped a scarf around my ears before when they were too cold from a surprisingly windy day – definitely not an idea for the fashion category.
Scared of the pillows airlines provide? Ball up your scarf and turn it into a pillow. Forgot your belt? String your scarf around your waist. Need to tie something to your luggage or backpack and don’t have anything? Use your scarf. Scratchy hotel pillow? Sleep on your scarf. Get bitten by a rattlesnake while hiking through the Grand Canyon? Use your scarf as a tourniquet. I’m sure you’re catching onto the pattern (and hopefully the latter will never happen to you). A scarf can be used for a myriad of situations that may suddenly come up while traveling.
So next time you’re getting ready to hit the road or hop on an airplane, throw a scarf into your suitcase or backpack first and then base your outfit around it – you’ll find packing is much easier and faster. Can’t decide between two scarves? Another great thing about scarves is that they’re lightweight and fold up small so just pack both and get ready for stylish, happy travels.