The Sole Sisters' Guide to Chic BackpackingWednesday, August 03, 2011
Greasy, smelly, bare foot, dirty, ratty clothes. These are the general stereotypes of a backpacker. What if I tell you that you can break from that stereotype without breaking your wallet and back with the amount of stuff inside your backpack? What if we told you that glampacking exists?
Warning: Girly details coming up after the jump. I dare you to take a peek, boys!
I know, I already gave you a peek of what's inside a glampacker's bag. Allow me, fellow sole sisters, to share more details on how to channel your glampacking self in the face of the hazards of backpacking.
This is a wonder product for all chic backpackers or glampackers out there. It turns a humble t-shirt and shorts combo into a fashion ensemble! I brought my favorite scarf with me, a 3-year old one which I bought from SM Department store (because they got it all for you!). It's long, colorful, comfy and versatile.
30-hour bus rides from Vietnam to Laos. It's also handy in covering your bare shoulders when visiting temples around Southeast Asia.
Oiliness is still next to ugliness.
Last year, I admitted that I have such oily skin that you can deep-fry a chicken with all the oil my skin generates. *bows head in shame*
I found my holy grail to banish oil in Summer Teen BB Cream. It's an all-in one product that moisturizes without clogging pores, fights against aging, gives you a no amke-up look and best of all, it plugs up your oil glands. If you missed the Sole Sister's BB Cream giveaway last Christmas, don't worry. You can visit http://www.magic-potions.com and order it online. They'll deliver it to your doorstep. Even if you're in Cambodia's best kept secret.
3 The power of leggings/tights
Forget about LiLo and her Oops-Ma-I-Forgot-My-Pants look with her super tight tights and short top that shows another camel that's not found in the Thar desert of Jaisalmer.
Tights, when paired with the right top and right accessories, can make a simple outfit into something else entirely. It's light and compact, won't weigh much at all in your backpack. It's our go-to item in the chilly atmosphere of Dalat.
And let's face it, if you can't bring jeans...then, these will be a glampacker's best friend.
Okay, maybe it won't save the whole of mankind exactly. But a cute, versatile dress can make you feel good after getting off that bus ride from hell from Vietnam to Laos.
The AA Le Sac multi-way dress. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to buy it before our Southeast Asia jaunt. Oh well, I bought a replacement for it. This LBD just cost me 4 USD at the night market in Siem Reap! Sweet.
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I've had my chic Dora-like hairstyle for several years now and I'm happy with it. However, I always need to get my bangs (or fringe) cut every 2 weeks so that I won't look like my babyboytoy, Bvlgari. 2 months into the trip, I decided to hell with it. It was easier to buy headbands and scarves than get another make-over like what we had in Vietnam.
Headware, headbands or hair scarves. Or you can do it a la Lois and get yourself a chic hat!
Although, we have seen some girls carrying around a pair of heels (really!). I mean, I carry a hairdryer around but heels are another story. Instead of heels, I opted for practicality and brought a pair of flats.
7 Accessorize it.
I brought a tiny little black pouch filled with some essential accessories. A pair of gold dangly earrings, a couple of bracelets and a long chain necklace. The rest of the space I filled up with jewelry I bought from Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. I loved that everytime I wore a piece, it takes me back to the place I bought it from.
You actually don't need a sackfull of accessories, you can get by with just a few pieces. It can add that oomph to your outfit. I found that even if I wore that same top 3x that week, it was ok because my bling totally amped it up.
8 Mix 'n Match 'em Baby!
Listen well, sole sisters: Pack clothes in basic, solid colors inside your backpack.
Mostly solid colors. I mean, how boring would it be if everything you own is in monochrome eh? Make sure to bring one or two items with a pop of color to spice things up. I brought this fun girly skirt with me and I can pair it with any of my solid-colored tops above.
I am a beauty junkie. There, another confession extracted from yours truly. If there's a new product in the market, I always had to buy it right away. (Can you see why it was was extra hard for me to save up for my escape fund?) For this trip, I had to condense all my beauty products into just one tiny pouch. Wanna see what's inside?
1 For my early morning bed head
2 See tip #2 above
3 To be used with #10
4 It's not true that diamonds are a girl's best friend. Trust me, its mascaras.
5 A small dose of my scent, Lanvin's Eclat D'Arpage.
6 Nude eye shadow palette, which I rarely touched.
7 Smudge-proof brown eye liner
8 Another device to control my hyperactive oil glands
9 For my smoochies
10 Mineral powder
11 So that I can see myself while applying #1-10
12 Shu Uemura eye lash curler. The BEST in the world.
13 Because nails need cutting, too.
14 For those errant facial hair
10 Of Denim Shorts and White Tees
They're the most basic things that a sole sister can have inside her backpack...or closet. They are essential and transcends time. They are and will always be in vogue. You can never go wrong with them. And that's why you need them!
I bought my denim cut-offs a few weeks before the start of our backpacking trip around Southeast Asia. They were spankin' brand new. Now they're torn, frayed, stained and wrinkled. I still love them and will probably continue wearing them when I get back to the real world.
I also have a dozen or so of plain white tee's. I bought my tee's from Forever 21, Hanes, H&M, Bench, Folded and Hung and SM (again, they have it all for you!). I like my shirts 2 sizes too big, v-neck and the thinner the cloth is the better.
This item would differ from one sole sister to another. One thing is the same though - Whenever we take out this item from our backpacks, it should instantly make us feel like a girly girl and that we have a walk-in closet full of chic clothes.
For me it was a tight mini bandage skirt. I could wear it up or wear it down. It's perfect for going clubbing at Angkor What? bar in Siem Reap or for when I decide to splurge on a fancy dinner. Which rarely happens (considering our limited escape fund) but when it does, I'll sure be glad I have this at the bottom of your backpack. So, what's your ultimate girly thing?
I bet you have more tricks on being chic while on the road! Care to share with your fellow Sole Sisters?
Sole Sister Chichi
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