Technological Advances In Travel Clothing
#1: Sun Protection
Today lots of outdoor clothing provides sun protection, denoted by a UPF rating. You may wonder what this means for you or if you could benefit from UPF-rated clothing. UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor, which is similar to SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, which applies to sun screens. UPF is a laboratory measurement of how effectively a fabric protects your skin from UV, ultraviolet, rays. The higher the rating, the better the protection. To give an idea of the UPF Rating scale: clothing rated UPF 15-24 is considered good (93.3-95.9% of UV radiation blocked), UPF 25-39 is considered very good (96.0-97.4% blocked), and UPF 40-50+ is considered excellent (97.5 - 99+% blocked).
All clothing provides some sun protection and medium to dark-skinned people may not need sun protective clothing to prevent sunburn. However, fair-skinned people may still get sunburned through regular clothing and, in truth, sun protective travel clothing decreases everyone's risk of sun damage and associated health risks.
Several factors contribute to a fabric's level of sun protection, in order of importance: weave, color, weight, stretch and wetness. Fabrics that are close knit, or dense, prevent more UV rays from penetrating the fabric than open-knit fabrics. The more dye in a fabric, the better the protection. Wet fabric does not protect as well as dry fabric, except for silk and viscose, which retain protective qualities when wet.
#2: Insect Repellent
Clothing and accessories, like bandanas, insect netting and hats that provide insect protection are treated with permethrin, which helps prevent insects from biting through clothing. You can also achieve the same effect by applying permethrin to your clothing. Insect repellent clothing is exceptionally important in areas where insects are exceptionally prevalent and areas where insects spread disease. In addition, permetherin is safe for humans and insect repellent clothing saves you from having to apply potentially harmful repellents to your skin.
Travel clothing has really come a long way. Clothes are now lighter weight, more packable, quick drying and provide more protection from harmful elements of the environment. If you're ready to upgrade your trek and travel clothing check out these links to our men's and women's trek and travel clothing categories:
Men's Travel Clothing Categories: Trek-Travel Shirts, Trek-Travel Pants, Trek-Travel Shorts
Women's Travel Clothing Categories: Trek-Travel Shirts, Trek-Travel Pants, Trek-Travel Shorts
Accessories: Bandanas, Summer Hats
People travel for all different reasons. For some, it is obligatory given their
line of work. Some people embrace those two weeks out of the year they can get
away from their jobs and embrace a vacation. Then there are those globe trotters
who are constantly on the go, exploring the vast reaches of the earth. No matter
your style or frequency of getting away, everyone can agree that traveling demands
a special kind of gear and apparel. There is nothing worse than being on the go
and your bags or clothes letting you down when options aren’t exactly plentiful.
Don’t get caught in a travel gear failure predicament. Avoid the hassle
by only getting goods that are up to the challenge of enhancing your trip. The
U.S. Outdoor store has the stuff to get you going strong.
Eagle Creek knows what it takes for a successful trip to happen. You need durable
luggage that is going to withstand the rigorous shenanigans of airports. If
you have any idea what goes on behind the scenes with your checked baggage,
you know it’s pretty rough. Nothing is worse than arriving at your destination
only to find your bag is ruined and half your stuff is missing. Set yourself
up with one of many rolling gear bags or the Eagle
Creek Rolling Gear Bag and leave your worries on the tarmac. Got
a lot of stuff or plan on bringing loads of souvenirs home? The Eagle Creek
ORV Super Trunk 36 gives you tons of packing space but is easy to maneuver so
you can fill it up and pilot it comfortably. Maybe you prefer to travel a little
lighter. Lots of grab handles, storage areas, and beefy ruggedness highlight
the rolling carry on worthy Eagle Creek Tarmac 22.
Born from the Juneau Icefields, Marmot has wasted no time in becoming a top
producer of outdoor gear. Their Long
Hauler Duffel Bag is seriously tough as it is made from water resistant
Ballistic Nylon for bulletproof durability. Removable handles, that also function
as shoulder straps, and an ergonomic grip make it easy to carry however you
see fit. Marmot’s dedication to quality comes through for you every time
when you are on the go.
Nobody knows packs like Osprey backpacks. They put their bags to the ultimate travel
tests to ensure that you will never be let down when you trust Osprey. Their
obsession with adventure and the discovery of new places has led them to create
versatile luggage like the Meridian
22. You can wheel it around or even transform it into a backpack.
Detach the bonus daypack and it becomes carry-on eligible. With lots of storage,
organizational features and insane toughness, the Meridian 22 is the perfect
example of Osprey’s dedication to upgrading your trip.
What you wear while traveling is a crucial component to any trip. It has got
to be comfortable, functional and look good for all those first impressions
you are bound to make. No one understands this better than companies like Ex
Officio and Royal Robbins. Committed to fashioning clothing that
is multipurpose, Ex Officio brings you shirts like the Geotrek’r. Way
more durable than your standard button up, this quick drying shirt is wrinkle
resistant, has a security pocket, and is ridiculously good looking. Royal
Robbins packs a punch into pants like their Global Traveler Stretch
Pant. Made from nylon and spandex, but with a cotton look and feel, these pants
won’t wrinkle, as they are all about staying professional. Look the part
and wear travel clothes that are going to make traveling that much better.