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Why you should always travel with a sarong

There are literally 101 uses for a sarong — other than as an item of clothing or a beach cover up. Watch the video for cool ways to wear one, and scroll down for tips from solo female travellers who always travel with a sarong. It is such a versatile item!

When I was in Bali, I became such a huge fan of the sarong that I used mine day in and day out: wrap, beach cover up, scarf, pyjamas, a towel, and even as a sheet or light blanket. Sarongs are the ultimate in multi-functional apparel and packing light because they have a multitude of uses. You really shouldn’t travel the world without one!

This video gives you how to tie a sarong in 10 different but easy ways. And in Asia, where you can pick them up dirt cheap, why buy one, when you can buy five? Enjoy!

101 uses for sarong from other travellers

Wrap your laptop

I use mine to wrap my laptop when I travel. Saves bringing a laptop bag in your carry on.

Amanda Lam
(I met Amanda, and her husband Simon, on my trip to China in 2011. Amanda sparked the idea for this post with her tip above.)

Protection for your camera

I use a sarong as a lightweight way of protecting my camera from scratches and falls! It doesn’t take up much extra space in my bag and then I always have a sarong with me in case I need it for something else!

Allison Green
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So many uses!

I use my sarong for so many things. Where to start?

  • Bath towel
  • Picnic blanket
  • Sheet while sleeping in airport or on the plane
  • Chair cover for dirty benches or seats on bus
  • Hair wrap
  • Scarf

Jetsetting Fools
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A sarong obsession!

I am honestly the most obsessed person when it comes to using a scarf or sarong for everything while travelling. Here’s what I use them for:

  • As a picnic blanket for impromptu picnic lunches or drinking wine on from an amazing viewpoint.
  • A sarong makes a great beach towel and saves your precious and often tiny microfibre towel from getting sandy.
  • Scrunched or folded up they can be used as a pillow when on trains, buses etc. It gets cold on long flights and a sarong or scarf can be used as an additional shoulder cover or blanket.
  • If you are planning on visiting churches or temples etc. a sarong is a great item to cover up those shoulders or legs in order to be respectful.
  • If you are bunking in a dormitory and just want some extra privacy tuck your sarong into the top mattress and let it hang down.
  • If I’m out and about sightseeing sometimes I’ll wrap my camera in a sarong rather than taking a bulky camera case.
  • When in a communal sleeping environment I’ll still sleep in just a T-shirt, but if I have to get up in the middle of the night I’ll wrap a sarong around me so I don’t flash anyone!
  • When packing really lightweight, I’ll choose a sarong over a towel and just use my sarong as a towel.
  • When hiking or camping instead of bringing a pillow I’ll make one out of whatever else I have e.g. clothes and use a sarong to wrap them all up like a present!

A wanderphile
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If you have a use for a sarong you could add to this list, make sure you email me and I’ll update this post to include your tip.

Image by Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay 

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  • Bryony Clapperton (travelsandmore) September 3, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    Don’t! I love this post. I had my trusty sarong stolen in a party hostel in northern Peru and I was heartbroken.

    It was so much more than just a sarong to me!

    • Diane Lee September 4, 2016 at 6:52 AM

      Nooooo!!! That’s awful. I have my favourite sarongs too, and would be devastated if anything happened to them!!!

  • Karen Willis September 4, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    They are a beautiful gift especially when wrapped around a bottle of wine. I wrap the wine bottle in the sarong and make a ‘handle’ out of the excess. Best with a silk sarong. Google Japanese Furoshiki for some ideas!

    • Diane Lee September 4, 2016 at 9:16 PM

      What a wonderful idea, Karen! Thank you for sharing. I know you are a huge fan of the sarong—and now I have the perfect excuse to write a follow-up post 😉


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