Here are tips from the experts on how to dress for success in three very different landscapes.
The African Safari-goer (by Steve Boyes, National Geographic Expeditions Africa expert)
- Good chemistry: New insect-repellent fabrics last for 70 washes but can be uncomfortable; opt for whatever makes you most comfortable.
- How low can you go: Power at safari camps is spotty. Carry a flashlight and low-light binoculars.
- Do: Bring a hat (wide-brimmed for walking/boating, baseball cap for game drives).
- Don’t: Wear whites or brights, which can both attract and scare wildlife.
The Urban Culture Vulture (by Tim Jepson, National Geographic Traveler Italy guidebook author)
- Does not compute: Bulky in the city is not a good look — leave the laptop at home.
- Clothes call: Pack a lightweight rain pullover that can slip into a pocket or purse.
- Do: Bring a pair of foam earplugs. Towns and cities can be noisy at night, from church bells and motorbikes to carousers.
- Don’t: Carry a conspicuous foldout map. Instead, make photocopies of detailed street maps.
The Rocky Mountain Hiker (by Boyd Matson, National Geographic Weekend radio host)
- Think in Threes: Pile on a base layer (form-fitting, fast-drying), warming layer (sweater, fleece), and light shell (wind/rain jacket).
- Stick in the mud: A collapsible hiking pole buoys stamina.
- Do: Bring convertible zip-off pants.
- Don’t: Wear denim.