For some time, I have been meaning to sing the praises of a piece of travel clothing that I discovered before the big ’round the world, and it’s probably the only one that made it all the way around and came home with me. To this day, it hangs in my closet and I still wear it frequently. That’s staying power, because I gave away so many items to make room for new, and I went through so many seasons and had to buy for the cold and the wet days that took me by surprise.
It’s my Macabi skirt and I’m thinking of getting at least one more in a different color to take both with me next time. The fabric is very lightweight, so it dries quickly, feels very cool, doesn’t wrinkle and packs in a squish – even in your purse. The pockets are very deep, and one has a hidden zip mesh compartment. One of the best things is that you can convert this skirt into pantaloons/punjabi pants with the help of a provided strap…or snap the sides up and make blousy shorts. The latter styles are good for getting the cloth out of your way while wading or picking your way along a rocky trail, or simply for keeping cool. Though there is something to be said for a skirt that frees your legs up and swishes away the mosquitoes and stinging plants.
When you emerge from your hike and need to walk down a village main street or take in a temple, you can unhitch and unsnap, and you are dressed very appropriately in an ankle-length skirt. It’s also available in a knee-length version. Because of the wrinkle-free qualities, you are now dressed well enough to go to dinner in the same skirt you hiked in, if that becomes a necessity.
Men are even buying this versatile thing because they like the freedom it offers not to have their legs bound so closely with cloth. They recall the fact that Scotsmen wear skirts and they call this one a MUG. It seems to be revolutionizing outdoor wear in its own quiet way and mine has been through the travel wars and it still looks almost new. I like it so well that I have written a recommendation for it in the back pages of my new book.
Why don’t you go have a look at it at www.macabiskirt.com and read the comments that all the veteran travelers have posted on interesting uses they have put it to.