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Travel Gear Tuesday – The Pashmina

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Travel Gear - The Pashmina

It wasn’t until I started traveling to Europe and Asia on my own that I figured out the unique versatility of the pashmina (or sarong or scarf). I learned this via quiet observation of French women. Not only on the street or in cafes, but in the airport as well. One item of clothing that was consistently present no matter what their outfit, was a scarf.

At first, I thought it was just part of the style, but then I came to understand there was a purpose as well. There are so many uses for this beautiful piece of cloth that it makes it an essential travel tool. It can be worn to warm you up. It can be used as a blanket. Or as a cushion for an uncomfortable seat. Depending on the material you can use it as a towel. It can become a shirt or a skirt. And definitely an eyeglass or camera lens cleaner!

Also, if you tend to pack light like I do, meaning monochrome colors that can be worn in layers, a pashmina is a way to add color or to dress up an outfit for an evening out.

I have them in a ton of colors, styles, and weights and wear one nearly every day. There is my favorite, a light gray cashmere one that I bring with me on every trip I make. I got it during one of the bi-annual sales when I was working in Switzerland. I paid a rock-bottom price for 100% cashmere and would be heartbroken if I ever lost it!

How about you? Do you travel with a pashmina (or sarong or scarf)? Do you have a favorite one? Or a unique use?

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Harry Graham

Thursday 12th of August 2010

I like your post. yes, I have three pashmina in different colors and i take them when i am going to outside its really good in every time.

Thanks...........

Amy75

Tuesday 3rd of August 2010

I read your post before my trip to Rome this weekend and thought: "yes, I always travel with one too" (but also only started doing so after moving to Paris and seeing all the French women). I forgot to bring it because it's been so hot - on the way there I thought no big deal. Then in the airport, I was freezing because of the air conditioning, and even though it was super hot in Rome, one night it was chilly and I really wanted one (luckily a fake one could be had for 5 euros). On the flight home, I was cold and pulled out my new pashmina/blanket. I couldn't stop thinking of just how right you were :)

Andi

Wednesday 4th of August 2010

@Amy75, I am so glad that you thought of me!

Ruth

Wednesday 28th of July 2010

thanks so much for the links, Andi! i will check them out. i am in SF too so local is good. btw, i'm a francophile too but have not been able to travel for quite a few years so really enjoy hearing about your adventures!

ruth (une femme d'un certain age)

Andi

Thursday 29th of July 2010

@Ruth, I hope they help. You can find them on the weekends at the artist market in front of the Ferry Building. I didn't realize you were in SF, I am going to email you about another post I am working on!

Ruth

Tuesday 27th of July 2010

I really hate to be so clueless, but where do you get a "pashmina"? Is there more than one brand? If so, which do you prefer? I feel I really owe it to myself to at least see/touch one after all the brouhaha. :-)

Andi

Wednesday 28th of July 2010

@Ruth, hi there. You can find them almost anywhere these days. Department stores (http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=473486), clothing stores. At art fairs, etc. Some are better quality than others and will last longer and of course cost more. Wikipedia has some nice information here as well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pashmina

Andi

Tuesday 27th of July 2010

I travel with all 3 haha. It's my favorite accessory for sure! I always try to buy a new one whenever I'm traveling, so I have a collection from all over the world. I think my favorite though is from Tibet. :)

Andi

Tuesday 27th of July 2010

@AndiP, my second favorite is one from Tibet also. An old boss gave it to me as a gift.