Convertible travel clothing

These convertible travel clothes will reduce space and maximise efficiency when you need it most.

Convertible travel clothing

When travelling, space and practicality are of the essence. The more efficient and versatile clothing is, the better. Here are the top picks for travel clothing items from

Zip-off Pants

Yes, we admit that pants that zip off at the knee have become the global symbol for ‘middle aged couple goes abroad’, but this is a testament to their practicality and comfort. Not only do these transformable pants save you space in your suitcase, they also allow you to turn shorts into more appropriate pants and vice versa should the weather take a turn while you’re far away from your accommodation.  


I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: a sarong is one of the most useful items you can carry while traveling. When tied correctly it can be used as a dress, a scarf, or skirt or a shawl. Don’t be afraid to use it as a last-minute sheet, a picnic rug or for sun protection. It’s lightweight and versatile, making it ideal for travelling; and it can easily be whipped out to extend the length of clothing should you need to do so at some sacred tourist sites.

Interchange Jacket

These jackets for both women and men have layers that include a waterproof shell and a warm inner layer that can be worn separately. If you’re travelling through multiple climates or the weather is unpredictable, these jackets are a great way to keep warm without the extra baggage space.

Vinyasa scarf

Lululemon have produced one of the most versatile items of clothing we’ve seen. The Vinyasa Scarf has small snaps that allow you to pin it into a variety of shapes, including a shirt, a cardigan, a shawl or a small blanket. Made in a variety of colours and from warm, quick-drying material, it definitely pulls its weight while travelling.

Convertible Mens Shirt

It’s a four-way stretch fabric that’s lightweight, has good ventilation (mesh vents), convertible sleeves, two zipped chest pockets, and, importantly, its fabric is treated to protect against UV. The Travelling Stretch Convertible Men's Shirt is great for hiking or trekking, and at the end of the night, if you want to keep it classy, simply roll down the sleeves.

What essential items do you always take with you when travelling? Are there any versatile clothes you’d recommend to our readers?



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    11th May 2019
    packing cubes the way to go
    11th May 2019
    Travel pants are great, especially the ones with clips/velcro pockets large enough to fit a passport, cash and credit card, especially when you travel alone as it is a lot safer on you rather than in an overhead locker while on the plane. Travel pants can also be washed out under the shower or in the basin, rolled in a towel to get excess water out and don't take long to dry. Personally I don't have much luck with packing cubes. They are good for knowing where all your underwear is etc. but I like to roll smaller items and pack them inside shoes or between bags of shoes and other awkward items. That way I fit more in.
    double j
    11th May 2019
    I have travel pants made for me in Vietnam which were reversible , turn them inside out , they also had zip off legs The only thing that took some working out was the zip but using Velcro fixed that problem. Shoes are the other thing that are a pain to pack when traveling light. I did attempt to get shoes made which had interchangeable users , they weren’t over successfully !!!
    11th May 2019
    Quilted wind proof vest. About $20 at Target, warm, lasts for years, sleep in it get up and it still looks the same.

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