8 ways to use a sarong on holiday (essential tips)

8 ways to use a sarong on holiday (essential tips)
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There is one item which I would never leave out 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. If you are wondering what you can use a sarong for besides the obvious beach cover-up here are 8 ways to use a sarong.




It can be used as a shawl to cover up when heading into temples/palaces 

Now at this point you could expect a photo of me wearing my sarong at a temple or palace but no that won’t be the case as I forgot to take one (a photograph not the sarong!!)…you can however see my husband wearing elephant pants instead! He forgot to take long trousers and like most of the men in our group ended up having to buy elephant pants in order to be allowed entry into the Summer Palace outside Bangkok



It can be used as a cover-up at the pool! And as a towel afterwards!!

So heading straight back to the hotel after a morning of sightseeing my sarong now comes into play in its more traditional guise – as a cover-up around the pool! Sarongs dry quickly too so if you need a towel to dry off your sarong comes in handy for that too! Excuse the look – I alone could manage to get food poisoning within 2 hours of arriving in Thailand…..



It can be used as a bag to carry my belongings!

sarong bag - 8 reasons you can't go wrong with a sarong

In this case a few things to the pool! My husband was quite impressed!

It can be used as a blanket to sit on!

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


It can be used as a sling in an emergency!

For the purposes of this post my husband kindly made a sling out of my sarong to illustrate its usefulness if you happen to hurt yourself on holiday. No-one was hurt in the taking of this picture!!! (And excuse the fact it is an awful picture!!!)

It is a versatile item of clothing and can be worn in lots of ways

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! As well as being useful sarongs are pretty – I love choosing a new sarong and think I may have to leave room for a few new ones on this trip!


ways to use a sarong


 It can be rolled up and used as a pillow

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!






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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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  1. August 2, 2017 / 10:44 am

    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!

    • August 2, 2017 / 1:39 pm

      Absolutely Jurga – great things to have. My husband is now wearing them as pyjamas – the elephant pants lol!

  2. Linda
    August 2, 2017 / 11:58 am

    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!!!

    • August 2, 2017 / 1:37 pm

      Absolutely! I would have about 20 if i had my way! And they are so cheap!

  3. Pauline
    August 3, 2017 / 5:53 am

    I love your blog Tracy. Informative and always makes me smile.

  4. Kim padmore
    August 3, 2017 / 6:33 am

    Really useful article thank you Tracy

  5. Katy
    August 3, 2017 / 7:41 am

    Great advice- who knew sarongs were so versatile! Thank you Tracy and keep your posts coming! Xxx

  6. Jenny Guest
    August 3, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    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!

  7. August 4, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    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

    • August 14, 2017 / 9:36 am

      Yes they are super soft and super comfortable and dry fast too! I love all of mine!

  8. August 5, 2017 / 4:02 am

    Totally essential piece of travel kit there! Let’s hope noone needs to use it as a sling!

    • August 14, 2017 / 9:35 am

      I know! But useful if needed for that purpose!

  9. August 6, 2017 / 6:02 am

    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 😉

    • August 14, 2017 / 9:34 am

      Thanks Marcelle! In Australia now – its so exciting!

  10. August 6, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    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

    • August 14, 2017 / 9:34 am

      Thanks Garth! Enjoyed putting this post together – hope your Mum enjoys it too 🙂

  11. August 7, 2017 / 1:53 am

    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

    • August 14, 2017 / 9:33 am

      Thanks Angie – I have 3 too but could buy more!

  12. August 7, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    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

    • August 14, 2017 / 9:33 am

      Thanks Stephanie! I also love buying new ones!

  13. August 11, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    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!

    • August 14, 2017 / 9:31 am

      I never thought of that though I used a blanket in Africa to do just that when I ran a nursery school!

    • August 14, 2017 / 9:30 am

      I know – they are invaluable aren’t they!