Whatever you call it, pashmina, scarf, or my favorite, blankie, traveling with some kind of a wrap is extremely useful. On long flights it serves as a blanket. Once at your destination it can do any number of jobs. My own sister in law has used hers as a bug repellent in Botswana, a towel at the Schezechyi Baths in Budapest. I have used mine as a blankie on a chilly flight and used a pareo in French Polynesia as a table cloth and as a bathing suit cover up. (not at the same time!)
Nearly every culture uses large cloths for a variety of purposes, and as a traveling tribe, travelers can bring along a pareo, large scarf or wrap that can serve a multitude of purposes from the moment you leave home.
- as a blanket on the plane or in the worst cases, in the airport if you get stuck overnight
- as a wrap on cool nights
- to prevent sun or bug exposure in warm climates
- as a modesty cover in parts of the world or religious institutions where that is required
- as picnic blanket
- as a towel in areas where one is not supplied (baths or impromptu beach visits)
- as a bag/sack to carry laundry or groceries when doing errands while traveling
Sometimes we don't bring a cloth, but prefer to buy one in our location. Many counties have their own unique designs and they make excellent souvenirs! Whether its colorful silks from the far east, a South African graphic print, a cotton pareo from South Polynesia or batik from St Kitts, all of these fabrics become colorful, practical reminders of each trip!
Have I missed some uses? I'd love to hear about your experiences with travel wraps!