Ooh I love an ingenious packing tip. I also like to pack as light as possible. I am still grateful for whoever (Lonely Planet?) told me not to take a towel but a sarong when I went back-packing many eons ago – dries quicker (so smells fresher), doubles as a sheet when the accommodation seems slightly less than spotless and is almost weightless. Plus it makes a fabulous souvenir when you are home if you buy it when you get there. I found even more great reasons here!
There are some great tips here for example: “If you place your shoes inside a shower cap, it keeps your suitcase clean.” . I also love the idea of taking herbal teas “Not only can they help keep you hydrated, but flavours such as peppermint and ginger can aid with digestion – which is a great help for your body when you’ve been sat down for long hours. Herbal teas are also a cheap way to get a drink when you’re stuck in airport layovers. Avoid paying for coffee, which will make it harder for you to sleep. Instead ask the café just to give you a cup of hot water. Dunk in your herbal teabag and enjoy for free!” (Big World Small Pockets). I would take my own cup too for greater planet saving frugality.
There is something missing from all these lists – the haramaki! lightweight and small, the haramaki can roll up tiny inside your handbag or hand luggage. It takes up hardly any space but packs a big punch when you start to feel the air conditioning in the airport or the plane. Pull on your haramaki and have warmth right where you need it without bulky, uncomfortable layers. Great for budget backpackers to business travellers. Air conditioning can mess with your body temperature and weaken your defences when flying – wearing a haramaki core-warmer round your middle can really help. The image below shows how effective a haramaki belly-wrap can be .
We would love to hear your travel tips and any on location photos with our haramaki would be FANTASTIC (and shared!) x
We have been enjoying lovely sunny and warm weather for November. However, according to the weather forecast the temperature is set to drop with snow and sleet to hit us this week. An Icy Cloud from Europe… and mention of a mini Beast from the East.
So keep warm out there. Keep your core warm in one of our belly-wraps – the Japanese idea made in the UK.
Our new ultra warm Angora haramaki will work wonders, keeping you warm from your core.
Introducing the ultra-warm Angora Haramaki in grey and black. Made in the EU from ethically sourced Angora. Snug and stretchy.
Angora wool is a very soft and luxurious fibre. The fibres are hollow, making angora a fantastic natural insulator. It is one of the warmest natural fibres you can get – up to seven times warmer than sheep’s wool – making it ideal for use in thermal underwear and in our haramaki! As it is so warm, and has a natural cushion it has beneficial therapeutic effects for back problems, Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or any other pain affecting your joints. It is, however, a little more expensive than other fibres. These Angora rabbits are not harmed for their wool, but are sheared regularly and their welfare checked by Orkney Angora’s William Sichel.
A haramaki is effectively a scarf for your middle – you wear it under your clothes and it keeps the area warm. By wearing a haramaki around your middle you can keep your feet and hands warm – really! While I am sitting typing this my feet were feeling cold. Haramaki on and 20 minutes later I my toes are ok! It appears that when your internal organs and core are warm your body can afford to divert blood to your extremities. It’s also very good at creating comforting warm feelings should you be having period pains, back ache, kidney issues etc.
In Japan people wear Haramaki for a slightly different reason. Japanese tradition has it that if the temperature of the stomach is too cool your system will be out of balance and you will be more prone to get ill. This is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM holds that if your middle is cold kidney energy will drain from the system – and this not only puts you at risk of urinary health issues, it also lowers energy and vitality. Try one and see for yourself!