Packing for every situation
with an eye on etiquette
By Marybeth Bond
NO MATTER HOW well traveled you are,
it’s always a challenge to figure out how to
dress in different situations. Clothing that is
considered normal at home may be inappropriate elsewhere. For example, baseball caps,
sweatshirts and sweatpants can identify you,
in some countries, as an unsophisticated foreigner who has no sense of the local culture.
What you pack depends on where you’re
traveling. For instance, many churches in
Europe and South America frown upon visitors wearing shorts and/or low-cut, halter-neck or midriff-baring tops.
If you wish to visit a palace or temple in
Bangkok, you must have your shoulders,
knees and heels covered to show respect. If
you’re wearing a tank top, shorts or sandals,
you won’t be allowed in.
In many areas of the Middle East it’s not a
“must” to cover up, but it is respectful to the
local culture. Conservative attire that helps
you blend in is always appropriate.
Here are a few etiquette items travelers
should be sure to pack.
■ A shawl-size scarf—warm and practi-
cally weightless—is a woman’s best friend,
and can act as a head or shoulder cover-up for
visiting religious sites, as well as double as a
wrap and a beach cover-up.
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Don’t forget to pack a
paperback or audio book.
Assorted Non;ction Paperbacks
Relax and enjoy your travel time with a
good book. Titles available: Under the
Tuscan Sun; Eat, Pray, Love; The Lost City
of Z; A Walk in the Woods; Do Travel
Writers Go to Hell?; Tide, Feather, Snow.
Or dive into recommended reading about
travel. Titles available: On Mexican Time,
Book Lust to Go, The Art of Travel, The
Best American Travel Writing, A Moveable
Feast, A Cook’s Tour. Item #572923
Audiobook Non;ction Assortment
Titles available: Born to Run, The River of
Doubt, The Devil in the White City, Into the
Wild. Item #572925. The Lost City of Z.
Audiobook Fiction Assortment
Titles available: The Paris Wife, New York:
The Novel, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand,
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,
That Old Cape Magic. Item #572919