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Here at Loophole Travel, we really emphasize the benefits of packing light. With this in mind, I am on a quest to find the ideal travel wardrobe. Better quality clothing = fewer items to pack. In my search, I’ve learned that merino wool is one of the most efficient natural fibers at resisting odor, regulating temperature, repelling stains, and remaining mostly wrinkle-free. Wool&Prince is a brand that uses this super soft wool to create garments that naturally resist odors and wrinkles while being significantly more durable than cotton. Check out my Wool&Prince clothing review.
Things to know – I’m 5’11 tall and approximately 175lbs. I wear a size medium in the shirts, and they fit perfectly. These items are not cheap, but if you’re spending almost nothing on travel, you can afford to buy some high quality gear. In the long run, durable, well-made clothing will last longer and save you money.
Button Down Shirt – ($89 – $128) – 9/10
This shirt is made from 100% merino wool, and it has quickly become one of my favorite wardrobe items – not only for travel, but for general use. I’ve worn it to work, to church, out with friends, and even for family pictures. The wool keeps the shirt breathable and soft, while maintaining a nice drape (not too stiff or too floppy). The button down collar makes this a very versatile shirt for dress up or casual wear. It comes in a “standard” or “regular” fit. I selected the standard fit and found it to be a very modern/tailored fit.
I’ve worn it on trips to Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and Costa Rica, often for many days without a wash. It has never even started to smell bad! I fold it up and pack it at the bottom of my back pack. When we arrive, I simply unfold, give it a good shake, and hang it up. Almost like magic, the wool snaps any wrinkles out. For example, we arrived in Costa Rica and had dinner reservations within 45 minutes of check-in. The shirt was wrinkle-free and ready for dinner straight from the bag!
The specific shirt that I’m wearing is being retired, so you can pick it up for $89 while supplies last.
T-Shirt – ($68) – 10/10
This may be the perfect t-shirt! It is made with a blend of merino wool and nylon. I am very picky about how my shirts fit, and I absolutely love the fit and feel of this t-shirt. It is soft against the skin, with a nice, slim cut shape. In the past two months, I’ve worn this shirt about 25 total days! I’ve worked out, gone to the beach, hiked through the jungle, and flown thousands of miles. I have never detected a bit of odor on this shirt. I’ve honestly only washed it a few times, mostly because I just felt weird about going so long without.
After a few washes, the shirt has remained true to size, and the collar has no hint of the dreaded “bacon effect.” If this shirt gets wet from sweat, rain, or washing, it will dry in just a couple hours! When we wash clothes in our hotel room (more on this later), I can hang this shirt to dry overnight, and wear it again the following day. I absolutely LOVE this t-shirt!
Boxer Briefs – ($38) – 9/10
Sorry (or you’re welcome)… no picture of me in the underoos! These boxer briefs bring the odor-fighting, quick dry properties of merino wool to the place it is most needed. It may sound gross, but these babies can go for days of wear without any odor. If you find a place to swim, feel free to keep these on under your trunks, because they will dry quickly after you leave the water.
These shorts are made from 78% merino and 22% nylon for added durability. I would call them “medium weight,” but very airy and not too tight at all. They feel durable and show no signs of stretching after a couple months of regular wear. For long trips, I recommend keeping 2-3 pairs in rotation and washing as needed. Like the t-shirt, they easily dry overnight.
I have been extremely impressed with the fit and performance of Wool&Prince clothing. Their prices may initially scare you, but you definitely get what you pay for. You’re not paying for the name/logo, like many brands, because Wool&Prince clothes have no visible branding. You are paying for the material and the quality. These clothes will easily outlast almost anything you currently have, and they will drastically reduce the amount of clothing you need to pack for a trip. Cheers!
Wool&Prince provided these items for free as part of their Field Tester program. My opinions are my own, and I have not been compensated for writing this article.
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