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There is one item which I would never leave off my packing list when heading on holiday and that is my SARONG! In our house the saying goes “You can’t go wrong with a sarong!”

So what is so amazing about a sarong you ask? It is multi-functional and is for me the most useful item of clothing I take due to its versatility. I always take at least 3 and inevitably buy more when on holiday particularly in SE Asia! Here are 8 reasons why you can’t go wrong with a sarong!

 


1. Its a cheap, light easy item to pack (and buy!)


Easy to pack, light and pretty you really can’t go wrong with a few sarongs in your packing. If you are heading to SE Asia they are also incredibly cheap so if you forgot to take enough sarongs stock up during your trip!

 

 


2. Use it to cover up when entering temples, palaces and churches.


I find a sarong absolutely invaluable when visiting temples and palaces. I even had my sarong with me when I traveled around Italy a few years ago and it made it very easy when wandering in and out of the numerous churches. Sarongs are lightweight so carrying one in my bag all day was not issue.

 

 


3. Use it as a cover-up at the pool – and as a towel afterwards.


Take your sarong from beach to pool – take a few with you and you also have a towel. Sarongs dry quickly and are less bulky than towels to carry around. If your destination is super hot a sarong is also useful to provide some shade if needed.

 

 


4, 5 & 6. Use it as a bag to carry your belongings or as a blanket to sit on. Or in an emergency as a sling!


  • A super-easy way to carry essentials to the beach is to use your sarong as a bag. Just place all your belongings in the centre and knot the ends together and voila!

 

  • Want to take a break and need something to sit on? Use a sarong!

 

  • If you or someone else is hurt a sarong can double up as a sling in an emergency.

 

 


7. Use it as a fashion item!


A skirt, a shawl, a dress, a head covering….so many uses! Protect yourself from the sun or wrap it round your shoulders to keep you warm!

If you want some more ideas of how to tie your sarong into different fashionable items of clothing check out this fabulous post by Alex of My Lifelong HolidaySummer Fashion 2017

 


8. Roll it up and use it as a pillow or as a screen for privacy!


Use your sarong as a pillow – that overnight train journey can be made made a little more comfortable by the use of your sarong to rest your head on! Alternatively use it as a screen/curtain for privacy!

 


So there you go – A sarong is the most versatile item – a skirt, a dress and headscarf….a blanket, a table-cloth, a sheet….a sling…the list goes on and on! Those are my 8 reasons why you can’t go wrong with a sarong – what else do you use your sarong for?

 

 

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Author: Tracy

Tracy has lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to over 50 more. A qualified school teacher with an interest in history, reading, photography, nature and wildlife she is always planning her next trip (preferably by train)

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29 thoughts on “8 reasons why you can’t go wrong with a sarong!

  1. Jurga says:

    I had to laugh with your husband wearing elephant pants, Tracy. But it reminded me that we once had to buy a sarong for my husband to wear at a temple in Bali. So not sure what’s more funny – a man wearing elephant pants or a sarong…
    A sarong is indeed one of the most versatile pieces of clothing and should always be in your bag when heading to warm places or those with strong religious rules. Comes in very handy!

  2. Linda says:

    Love sarongs and yes sooo many uses for them. Definitely a must when in Asia for temples and they take up so little room in your bag you can have more than one!!!

  3. Jenny Guest says:

    Great advice I agree it’s the most useful item for hot summer hols (though I’m sadly not that experienced in that dept) I’d not thought of a bag or a towel and I love the sling!

  4. Maria says:

    Great post! I got myself a Turkish towel about a year ago (in Australia in fact, ha!) which I have been absolutely treasuring. Takes up no space at all and dries super fast. Would definitely consider a sarong too – seems the sarongs are made of a softer material? If I try to wrap my towel around me I look like a stick figure xD

  5. Marcelle says:

    You are certainly up to exciting times! I love having one-way tickets, because it gives the feel of adventure and open ends. Australia – that will be a new chapter for you! I wish you all the best and open minds for starting off between the Aussies 😉

  6. Garth says:

    Firstly love the elephant pants! As for the sarong, you really are inventive Tracy! I will have to share your post with mum who’s always has a sarong on holiday

  7. Angie (FeetDoTravel) says:

    I packed just the one sarong when I left the UK, now I have 3 … but I want more! I have so many uses for it just like you! I have one that is just for sunbathing on the beach, another that I use to throw on in the morning to have breakfast on my balcony … well, I need more than one for that! I could go on and on! Great post, and so very true! #feetdotravel

  8. Stephanie (1AdventureTraveler) says:

    Great Post! I also do not leave home on my travels without my sarong. I use it to keep me warm on the airplane. Great tips you suggested. I also can’t stop buying new sarongs with different colors from all my travel locations. lol Happy Travels! #feetdotravel

  9. James says:

    You’ve just sold me a sarong!! It could also be used as a baby carrier by wrapping it around the body and you could have the baby on your front whilst he/she sleeps!

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