The only T-shirt you need for travel

Need to pack light? IconSpeak has invented the ultimate T-shirt for travel.

The only T-shirt you need for travel

We’ve written a lot recently about the trials and tribulations of travelling when you don’t speak the local language. Thankfully, help is on the way in the form of the world’s first translating earpiece, but until then we seem to be slightly stuck with our trusty friend Google.

There is, however, another option. The team at IconSpeak has created the ultimate T-shirt for travelling, featuring 40 universal icons – perfect for when you don’t speak the local language instead of initiating an awkward game of charades, simply point to the relevant icon on your shirt and you’re in business.

The brainchild of three Swiss men, the idea was born in the backcountry of Vietnam after numerous drinks and an adventure involving a broken-down motorcycle. George, Steven and Florian explained to Bored Panda how many times they were “confronted with a language barrier that was only to be overcome by drawing signs, symbols or icons on a piece of paper, map, or into the dirt”. “We thought it would be great to have an essential set of icons with you, permanently, so that you could just point on whatever you need – and people would understand.”

Brilliant in its simplicity, the T-shirts are available for both men and women and, as the website points out do not need to be recharged, does not require software updates or even reception. Aptly named IconSpeak – because with icons you can speak to the world – they are also made of 100 per cent certified organic cotton.

With singlets, jumpers and even a bag also available, whatever you choose it is sure to be the most useful item you take away on your next overseas trip and well worth its weight in baggage!

RRP: approx. $45 plus shipping from IconSpeak

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    Gra
    2nd Jul 2016
    8:42am
    And the T shirt is helpful how if you can't understand what is being said to you when you point to the plane or the ship or the pizza? Do you expect the person you are asking to grab you by the hand and take you there?
    Anonymous
    2nd Jul 2016
    11:33am
    Gra, the idea was that of three Swiss guys, so it's bound to have some holes in it.
    Gra
    2nd Jul 2016
    6:08pm
    Now that's a point. Probably sounded alright after a few shandies but I just wondered what was the Gouda that.
    Pamiea
    2nd Jul 2016
    3:54pm
    One simply needs to point????
    Gra
    2nd Jul 2016
    6:06pm
    Not much good if it is down three blocks and over 4.


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