One of the aspects that I appreciate most from travelling, with only a backpack, is learning to live with very little clothing. Selecting the clothing to go in the pack is important for me too, it needs to be clothing that I can mix and match easily and wear comfortably. I love to take my favorite T-shirts with me, I know that I’ll be using them for a while so I need to enjoy wearing them, but if it’s something that I’m totally in love with, it won’t make the bag. I don’t want to get so tired of it, or have something happen to it, that it won’t get worn again.
Aside from having to wash your cloths more often, it’s inevitable that you’re going to get tired of wearing the same shirts over and over again. The great thing about travelling light is that you’ll have room to make a purchase or two.
A couple of years ago I was visiting a friend in Lima, Peru. She took me to a shop, in the heart of Miraflores, which only opens a few times a week. This store sells clothing, from large U.S. companies that have minor flaws. While it’s a bit chaotic and you may have to dig threw lots of large piles of clothing, they are priced at a fraction of what you would normally spend. So a T-shirt that might usually cost $20 will only cost you $3. I was able to find a variety of California women’s T-shirts, and popular surf brand clothing. They also sold sweatshirts, shorts, pants, skirts, and swimwear.
It was great to walk away with several fun T-shirts, while spending less than $10. The fact that they were slightly flawed didn’t matter at all. They were serving a purpose by providing relief from my wardrobe boredom.
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