It’s not a secret. I’m just not a fan of ‘travel clothes’.
After 19 years of traveling the world, I don’t understand the concept.
Fast-drying clothes? That sounds good but I don’t need clothes that dry in 27 seconds. Regular drying time works for me.
Convertible pants/shorts? Wonderful! However, I don’t think I’ve ever felt a need to switch between the two in the middle of a day, ever. Am I weird?
Super special material? I get it. Different materials have different benefits. Sure, some materials keep you cooler, some keep you warmer. Some are known for their otherworldly softness or their ability to stay ‘clean’, or at least hide the smell. But good old regular cotton does the trick, too. It works for millions of non-traveling people so why can’t it work for travelers as well?
429 pockets? Again, on paper it sounds useful to have so many pockets on a pair of pants or on one shirt. But I barely carry enough stuff to fill up one pocket. What do travelers carry in their pants and shirts that I’m missing?
Travel Clothes vs Normal Clothes
What I don’t understand is this – when I’m traveling, there really isn’t much difference than if I wasn’t traveling when it comes to clothes.
In both cases, I walk. I sit. I stand. Sometimes it’s warm out. Other times it’s cool. My money and credit cards go in one pocket. I’m good to go.
So why do I need super special clothes just because I’m crossing a border into a foreign land?
Luckily, I don’t think I’m the only one who’s made this realization. I currently see a trend taking place where overly functional and specialized ‘travel clothes’ are being replaced by normal looking clothes that offer a couple of simple benefits for those who travel.
That’s something I can handle.
The Answer – Aviator Jeans
Where am I going with this?
If I was living in Chattanooga, Tennessee, hitchhiking in the Karaokaram Mountains of Pakistan, visiting Chernobyl or taking a road trip around the Maramures region of Romania, I’d be wearing normal-looking jeans and a normal-looking shirt. So, I like to have normal-looking jeans and normal-looking shirts in my suitcase.
Aviator jeans. That’s what I’ve settled on.
I now have two pairs of these jeans – blue and black – and I wear them almost every day. It doesn’t get any simpler.
Aviator jeans are good looking, comfortable, high-quality jeans. No high-tech ventilation system, no fur from the underbelly of a yak and they don’t turn into a raincoat if I tap my knees three times.
The Travel Benefits of Aviator Travel Jeans?
1. Benefit #1 – They don’t get too wrinkled when folded up in a suitcase for a while. Cool, I can dig it.
2. Benefit #2 – They have a zipper pocket inside of one of the side pockets and inside both of the back pockets too. This provides a simple, yet effective, extra layer of protection for my money, credit cards and even my passport.
3. Benefit #3 – I could get away with wearing these jeans in almost any situation, from the most casual to a more formal gathering. Ideal for a traveler.
Three simple, excellent benefits without sacrificing look or comfort (in fact, these jeans are super comfortable).
Aviator jeans. Normal jeans for travelers. I finally found them.
Thoughts? Are you a travel clothes kind of traveler?
(The post is meant to be sarcastic. Travel clothes clearly offer benefits for many travelers!)