Do you need to pack tights when traveling?
That got your attention didn’t it? Now, I know that seems like an odd question. But, as you will see, buying leggings or tights and packing them, actually does make sense. Tights are one of those little, seemingly insignificant items that can turn out to be very handy to have with you.
Use them to create an extra thermal layer
Any pair of tights can be worn under jeans, leggings or trousers. You will be surprised by how much warmer you feel when you are wearing just one extra layer. Even, a relatively thin fabric can make a huge difference to how warm you feel. This is because the material traps air next to your skin, which your body heat warms up. That forms a barrier against the cold air that can seep through the outer layer of your clothing. So, you feel a lot warmer.
They take up virtually no space
Tights take up far less space than most thermal underwear or leggings would. You can roll them up into a tight ball, stuff them in the toe of a shoe or thread them into the tiny spaces between other items.
Tights create more outfit options
The right pair of tights can be used to enable you to wear dresses and skirts, even in the colder months. If you are traveling for months, like I sometimes do, this is an important consideration. The last thing you need is to not be able to wear some of the items you have packed. It is always better to have as big a choice of outfits as possible.
They can also come in handy when your legs haven’t seen the sun for weeks and are as white as sheets. The right pair of tights will enable you to carry on wearing skirts and dresses. If you plan to work as you travel, having a smart dress, shoes and tights to put on for a job interview in a classy hotel can really help you to land the job.
Other uses for tights
If you ladder your tights or your wooly ones go all nobly, they can still be useful. Cut into strips, they make great ties, which can come in handy in all sorts of ways. Simple things like tying your hair up in the shower or helping you to compact down bulky items, when you pack. If you roll up a thick jumper, using ties you can squeeze all of the air out to make it a lot smaller, so that it fits into your case.
A comprehensive packing list
If you are looking for a full list of items that you really should pack, just check my ultimate packing list . As well as reading through it you can download it in PDF format and print it off. I have left spaces on each page to enable you to add special items, for example, medications or sports equipment. So, you will be able to personalise this pack list so that it fits in perfectly with your needs.