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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Why is a Sarong a Travel Essential? 21 Ways to Use a Sarong.


Planning a honeymoon island getaway to Maldives? Gearing up for that 3 day cruise to the Bahamas? Got your flights booked for that much awaited resort vacation in Hawaii? How about a beach escape to exotic Bali? Don’t forget to pack in a sarong or a few sarongs even!

Sarongs are weightless and don’t take up space and so it is easy to pack, wash and dry and ultimately becomes a useful travel essential. Whatever your travel plans may be here are 21 reasons to why you should pack a sarong when you travel:

1) Pillow or head support

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Roll up your sarong into a cushion ball - especially when riding on a long bus or train journey or even when you're stuck in transit at an airport.

2) Sarong as a travel blanket

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When it gets too cold or if air conditioning bothers you just get your sarong out and create a make shift blanket and stay warm.

3) Sarong as a casual or formal dress


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There will be times during your long journey when you run out of clothes and need something new to wear, learn the many cool ways on how to tie a sarong and get a whole new look for those fun spontaneous nights out!

4) Cover up in style

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During a hike up a mountain there might be a waterfall or river nearby or even if you come across a nude beach, wearing a sarong as a cover up makes it so convenient to just strip off and take a dip!

5) A fashionable summer top

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So your bikini is drenched and you don’t want to wet your clean top, use a sarong and create a halter, tube or toga style top!

6) A head turban or head scarf


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Whether you’re scavenging through the desert and need to protect your head from unbearable heat or simply want to get fashionable or get conservative in 'hijab' style - use a sarong and your imagination to create your own style.

7) Bed sheet or pillow cover

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If you checked into a cheap hostel or plan to camp out in the wild and find that the mattress might not be in the best condition, get your clean sarong out to keep your sleeping spot free from those bed bugs!

8) Clip on curtains

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So you had a late night out partying with fellow travelers and want to sleep in the next morning but your budget hostel room has cheap thin curtains and the room gets too bright! Get a sarong and make curtains out of them for those extra hours of sleep.

9) Picnic mat on-the-go

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While you’re on a road trip you might spot a picturesque spot and decide to have a spontaneous picnic, use your sarong as a mat and you’re ready for a picnic at all times!

10) Towel for travelers

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If you find your only towel to be used up to its limit and need a fresh one while you get it to the laundry, use your sarong as a temporary towel. 

11) Eye mask

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Tired from those long hour rides or plan to sleep outdoors but can’t get a shut eye when the sun is shining? Use a sarong to make an eye mask like a ninja and sleep in peace.

12) Face mask

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Maybe you’re on a scooter riding along the dusty streets of Vietnam or the haze is killing you or when you're riding on a cable car high up in the ski mountain and your nose is freezing - get your sarong and use it to protect your face!

13) Sarong as a hand carry bag

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Like the good ol’ days when fancy bags have not existed, be creative and tie up your sarong into a knapsack to store your belongings while you’re on a jungle trail hike or headed to the beach.

14) Protect your fragile items

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Your bag pack may not be the best storage for fragile items like your perfume bottle or even your laptop, wrap them up with a sarong for that extra padding.

15) Laundry bag

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Separate your dirty clothing from the clean ones in your bag pack by using a sarong as a laundry bag to store your dirty clothing.

16) Portable changing room

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After a quick swim in the ocean, you'll need to dry up and get out of your wet swimwear and if you find yourself in an exotic destination, you're not going to have the comfort of a changing room! Get a friend to hold up your sarong like a wall curtain or simple wrap your sarong around like a towel piece and change in peace.

17) Handy sun protector

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Get 4 sticks and tie each corner side of your sarong to a stick (you can collect some sticks while strolling on the beach!) and VoilĂ ! You have your very own tent umbrella!

18) Sarong as a shawl or scarf

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Keeping up with cold temperature when you’re camping out at night can be challenging, use a sarong to keep your neck warm.

19) Emergency bandage




So you broke your arm on an adrenalin bike ride down the hill, use your sarong as an emergency band aid until you get to the hospital!

20) Baby hammock carrier

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For all the fit traveler mothers, learn the traditional way of tying a sarong as a baby carry sling bag as it’ll keep you mobile and lift the weight off your shoulders while travelling with your child.

21) DIY Light dimmer

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Sometimes the room you check into may not have best lighting especially when white light bulbs are used, how about using a dark shaded sarong to create a warmer ambiance in the room?



We could come up with plenty more of useful ideas to why you should pack a sarong when you travel, now it's your turn! Share your thoughts and tell us if you love to pack a sarong when traveling as much as we do and tell us why you think a sarong can be a useful travel essential..

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