Apr 18, 2019

Packing for Southeast Asia

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Looking over Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan.

Although I had never been to Southeast Asia, I knew it was probably going to be hot and humid in climate. Recently I visited Taiwan and The Philippines so today I’m sharing some of my favorite items that I packed for Southeast Asia.

Everlane Japanese GoWeave Long Slip Dress
Not only does this dress provide all the perks of a “little black dress”, it’s so easy to dress up or down. I’ve worn it with everything from heels, to sneakers, to sandals and it has performed every single time. The japanese GoWeave fabric is thick enough to go braless but thin enough to still feel chic, resists wrinkles like no other, can be hand washed and hang dried if needed and it’s made by Everlane, a company that believes in radical transparency.

Eleven44 Silk Chiffon Kimono
The actual kimono that I brought with me was made years upon years ago is from Victoria’s Secret and is no longer sold, but one day when it bites the dust I’d love to replace it with this beauty by Eleven44. It’s made from silk chiffon and I love the doubled up fabric around the hemline. It is made to fit every body, and shipping is free to the US. I’ve worn my sheer kimono as a swimsuit coverup, over a dress for a nice evening out, over jeans and a camisole, and as something sweet for bedtime. It’s so versatile, I can’t resist!

TKEES Gemma Sandals
These sandals are so comfortable that I literally hiked up a 1000ft tall mountain wearing them (no, it wasn’t planned). They also look really nice with a nicer dress or casual with shorts. I guess you can say I’m a sucker for items that are versatile, it helps with traveling light. The neutral color of these also pairs well with just about any color, although I prefer to style them with black or white.

Nine West Packable Super Floppy Hat
This hat has gone on so many trips with me, it’s not even funny. You can smash it flat in your suitcase under everything and it always stretches back in perfect condition. It’s floppy but still has some structure so it won’t hang in your eyes. The brim is 6″ which means that it will provide a lot of sun coverage, and at UPF 50 it has the numbers to back it up. It will elevate any warm-weather look and it photographs ultra-chic too.

Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen
At SPF 50 this sunscreen does a great job. I’ve been using this sunscreen for the last few months; from Palm Springs, to Arizona, to Taiwan and The Philippines and back to California again and it’s never let me down. It comes in a convenient travel size and a little bit goes a long way. It’s fast-absorbing, lightweight and very effective, the perfect companion for travel.

Have you been to Southeast Asia? Any recommendations for what to pack?

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