Welcome to the first edition of Old School Traveller style post. First, I like to tell you a little bit about me. My name is Katiuska (Kat-Kati but definitely not Katy), I was born in Chile and immigrated to Australia in 1989. I grew up around a very stylish woman, so I absolutely adore clothes and have an extensive collection of with a great array of both vintage and contemporary items. I love traveling and dressing appropriately for the cities I visit. Most of the time my luggage is over the limit so I created a system where all the dirty clothes goes into Mr OST’s luggage. This is just one of many tips I will share with you over time. (You can thank me later)
But first things first; let's talk about packing for overseas travel. If you are like me, you mentally pack as soon as the next holiday is booked. I stop wearing the clothes I want to take with me, well in advance, so they feel nice and fresh by the time I get to wear them in that special place, in that perfect city. I keep the 'holiday' corner in my wardrobe nice and full of options to pick and choose from closer to the departure date. Until I purchased 'packing cubes', my packing style was a little messy, and found it super hard to manage my travel wardrobe while on holidays. We usually stay in roomy accommodation but that does not excuse a pile of clothes in the middle of the room the size of Mt Everest. Do invest in a few cubes and separate your would be travel pile by city, clothing item and accessories, and watch how much easier long trip travel becomes. In the next post, I will show you exactly how to use them and where to get them from.
Next is the type of clothes to wear while overseas. Other than dressing for the city you visit I think it's really important to wear as many natural fibres as possible. Don't get me wrong, I do love a nice little vintage polyester dress but sadly they are not a breathable fabric and in hot humid weather, like in Laos for example, it can become very hot and very sticky. Linen, silk and cotton are the better choice.
Shoes are probably the most important item to get right. If you get it wrong, especially in cobbled or hilly cities like Rome, it could be disastrous to your feet. I generally take a pair of boots, a pair of sandals and my trusty Superga wherever I go. The most important thing to remember is that, just like when running a marathon, you never wear bran new shoes when traveling, unless they have been broken in to some degree.
Over time I will take you on my journey to the places I've been focusing on style with tips and hints on where to shop and what to wear. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!