Trip Tip #2 - "Pack your Ruby Slippers" or; "You Left Home for a Reason"

If pragmatic Paige (see: key characters in the Mata Morrow mystery series) were offering packing advice, it would undoubtedly be that you have to pack around your shoes. They are the foundational aspect of preparation for any travel endeavor. So - go ahead and think about packing your ruby slippers, then consider the possibility that they are one of the very good reasons to leave home.

Check out Fashion Girl's excellent post (with a wealth of links!) about shoe selection, domestic or international, logging miles urban or outdoors. IGNORE the image with those ruby-red stilettos, bringing to mind the folly of showy shoes when on the road.

These carried Dorothy down the yellow brick road, but will they hold up on Hadrian's Wall?

These carried Dorothy down the yellow brick road, but will they hold up on Hadrian's Wall?

As always, comfort and versatility are key. You'll thank yourself for stowing those shoes in a separate waterproof bag. My dream travel footwear includes Naot boots for winter, Bjorn loafers for spring, Ecco sandals for summer, Dansko ankle boots for fall and Crocs (really - they come in so many different styles and colors now) for every trip and season.

What's your go-to footgear for the season ahead?

Trip Tip #1: Pack your Pareo

We're Kauai-bound, so it's time to put away the mittens and boots in favor of sandals and sarongs. In fact, sarongs, or pareos, are the subject of today's post. What is the difference between the two? According to Shaka Time Hawaii:

Pareo-a MUST

A sarong is a piece of fabric usually between 4-5 foot in length that is worn as a loose fitting skirt or dress. The name sarong comes from the Malay word “sarung” meaning sheath or covering. These fabrics are often dyed in rich colors and were traditionally made with batik fabric.

The Pareo on the other hand was developed in Tahiti and adapted to Western fabric when it was introduced by European explorers in the 1700. In Hawaii, the names are often interchangeable. The modern day fabrics are often colorful vibrant and detailed with floral or some other type of tropical print representing the island lifestyle. Fabrics can be sheer or heavier depending on style.

Any 4 or 5-yard swath of such fabric is indispensable, no matter the season. A pareo fits the MmPorium number one rule of travel wear, that of versatility. My pareo will undoubtedly be called to serve at minimum quadruple duty: skirt, dress, shawl and beach cover-up. I have been known to employ them alternatively as picnic blankets and turbans. For the fastidious among you, I suggest packing two. They are light-weight and cheerful, washable and wonderful. 

When venturing out, remember. Pack a pareo - your picnic mates will be glad you did.

Check out "Four Chic Ways to Tie a Sarong" from Harper's Bazaar, or put in some time on Pinterest or YouTube for another dozen or so alternatives.