Every traveler has a favorite item they never leave behind when going on a trip. Comfort is vital when traveling. But did you know a sarong, commonly known as a leso, is a must-have item?
Multi functional items like a sarong are key to having small and compact bags for comfortable travel.
Regardless of where you are going, a sarong is essential for every trip.
If you’ve not heard this before, there’s no need to worry, -I have you covered.
To begin with, let me explain.
What is a leso?
A leso is a rectangular piece of cloth. Sarongs or lesos come in different color prints and are versatile. The versatility of the leso is what makes them essential for every trip and everyday use.
A sarong may have a different name based on your location.
For instance, in African countries, they are referred to as kanga, leso, kikoy, or kente. However, the Indonesian name, sarong is commonly used by many people across the world.
In Hawaii, they call them pareos while in Tahiti and Fiji they call them sulu or lava-lava.
Brazilians call them canga. So, the name depends on where you come from.
Now that you know what a sarong is and the different names it has, here is why you should never travel without your leso.
You can use it as a headscarf
Next time you are going on a trip, think twice before you leave your sarong behind. A sarong can be used as a headscarf, especially when traveling to countries that use scarfs. It could help avoid the attention you get and make you feel like one of them. Also, if you are going to places with bright environments, you can carry your sarong along. You may find it helpful as you can use it to prevent the sun’s glare. When used as a scarf, a leso is easy to take on and off.
Great for use as curtains
This is one of the top reasons you should never travel without a leso. Spending a night in a room without privacy sucks. You don’t have to experience this when you have a leso. A sarong can do the partitioning for you so you can do all the things you want in private. Tying your leso up as a blind is an excellent way to prevent other roommates from seeing what you are doing. It could also be a good way to keep the sunlight away, especially when you want to doze off.
Let me share more. For example, if you are on a road trip, you could use your sarong and tie it up on your Land Rover window. The sarong will look like a colorful curtain.
A bath or beach towel
Are you planning to spend time at the beach on your next trip? If that’s the case, you don’t need those fancy and heavy towels anymore. Packing a sarong is a lighter alternative to a towel since a sarong is easy to pack and lightweight.
A sarong is also easy to clean and dries faster than a towel. It is also a good option when traveling to hot countries.
Use it as a bed-sheet
While hostels are usually clean, you might feel uncomfortable using the sheets. This is where the leso comes in. Sometimes it may be that sheets weren’t properly cleaned. A sarong could help you have a pleasant and neat place to sleep. For this purpose specifically, it’s crucial that you carry two lesos. -So you spread one at the bottom and another one at the top of the bed.
If you only have one, you can spread it at the top part of the bed. It will help you breathe fresh air in the place you lay your head.
Good for emergencies
An emergency can be a nightmare, especially when it happens, and you are in a new place. You don’t have to live the nightmare of crises anymore when you have a sarong in your bag. You will find a sarong useful in the event you have an emergency.
Let me explain this further.
If you get into an accident and you are slightly bleeding, you could cut your leso and use it as a bandage before you get medical help.
You can use it as a pillow
Ever spent a night in a guest house, and you feel uncomfortable because the pilows there were not puffy enough? If your answer is yes, you have more reasons never to travel without your leso. If this ever happens, use your leso to make a pillow. Here is what you should do; wrap some of your clothes in your sarong and use it as a pillow. You can always do this whenever you feel like you need a cushion.
This among the common uses of a leso. You can use it as clothing by turning it into a skirt, shirt, belt, or dress. It can do all these for you. All you need to do is to know how to wrap it around your body.
It’s a good packing separator
After your trip, you don’t want to mix the dirty and clean clothes. You want to ensure that you have an easy time once you arrive home. A leso can do that for you. Wrap the dirty clothes in it and then pack. It will save you the time you would have spent sorting the clothes.
Keep mosquitoes away
While traveling, it is possible to be out or visit areas that are full of mosquitoes. You don’t need to have your mosquito net while in a restaurant or club. With a sarong, you can easily keep away these tiny creatures. Just wrap the sarong around your neck and shoulders, and the bugs will not bite you. You will not only keep the mosquitoes away, but you will also feel warm and keep malaria away.
It is a good gift
We all love gifts, especially after someone has been away for along time. Surprise your mother, sister, or mother-in-law with this amazing gift. Sarongs are commonly used as gifts in the East African region.
Great for use in church
If you have visited a temple, you can bear me witness that sarongs play an important role. You can show respect when at a shrine or religious site using a leso. While at functions like this, wear the leso to cover your hair, legs, or shoulders. If you attend church in a remote area where there are no chairs, you can spread the sarong on the ground, so you sit. It will help to ensure your dress or skirt doesn’t get dirty.
If you have been traveling without your leso, now you have more reasons to never travel without one.
There are more creative ways you can use a sarong while traveling and at home.
These are just some of them. If you need a leso, please feel free to reach out. We will send you one.