When you’re travelling, it’s important to choose the right outfit for your destination. In some countries, insect bites can be a real threat, so protecting yourself from these pests is essential. Craghoppers is actually the only permanent insect repellent clothing brand, and their Craghoppers Nosilife clothing was the perfect choice for our upcoming trip to Thailand.
The innovative NosiLife treatment is integrated into the fabric, repelling insects for the lifetime of your garments. Their clothing has been tested by an independent laboratory and is proven to ward off insects such as mosquitoes. Wearing NosiLife gear will ensure 90% less mosquito bites. As they generally make a bee-line for me, this is music to my ears! Yet the benefits don’t stop there – the range also includes UPF 50+ sun protection and an anti-bacterial treatment for moisture control. It’s available for both adults and children, with a complete collection of travel accessories and clothing. We were invited to test out some key items from the Craghoppers Nosilife Autumn/Winter range – read on to see how the clothing fared on our Thailand journey…
One of my favourite items in the Nosilife range is the Aurora Long Dress. In a soft jersey fabric, it has a subtle navy and white pattern. It can actually be converted from a dress into a skirt, by rolling down the top and tying the neck strap around your waist. It was equally at home on the beach in Phuket…
and exploring the centre of Bangkok…The navy colour was particularly appropriate at present during the period of mourning for the King. Many people in Bangkok are wearing dark clothing and once I’d covered my shoulders with a shawl, this dress was perfect for visiting the temples. It has good freedom of movement which was very welcome with the humidity levels in Bangkok.
Paul and I are both fans of the Craghoppers Nosilife shirts, as we wore them when we first visited the Everglades in Florida. They’re perfect for protecting yourself against the sun and repelling mosquitoes and other insects. For our Thailand trip, he chose a Nosilife Adventure Long Sleeved Shirt in Optic White. As you can see, it really is a gleaming shade of white and it matched his Panama hat perfectly 😉
With a flattering tailored fit, it has lots of technical details like a solarshield, cooling collar, an integrated sunglasses wipe and drying loops. It’s smart enough to go from the beach to a chic restaurant. The roll-up sleeves come in really handy too when the heat is on. Paul liked this so much that he’s already worn it on a subsequent return trip to the Everglades and found it very breathable, even on a kayaking excursion.
As for me, this Nosilife Adventure Long Sleeved Shirt in Desert Orange came in equally useful. I already have a similar beige shirt that I’ve worn on safari in Tanzania, but this time I fancied a brighter shade as we weren’t going to be encountering any big game ;-). Like Paul’s shirt, it was also insect repellent and its wicking fabric moved moisture away from the body.
The cooling neck panel helped me to keep my cool in the heat of the Thai sun and the roll-up sleeves and sunglasses wipe were very useful.
Paul usually packs a few polo shirts, as they’re a dressier alternative to a T-shirt. He chose the Nosilife Gilles Short Sleeved Polo for this reason and wore it on a visit to Breeze in Bangkok. If you haven’t been, the views are fantastic and it’s a lot less crowded than the equally spectacular Sky Bar in the same hotel. With a tailored fit, it was lightweight and super soft.
I wore a Nosilife Bailly Skirt which also had a stripey design but in a watermelon shade. The jersey fabric was incredibly comfortable, with a loose, wide waistband. When it’s this hot, you really don’t want to be wearing anything too restrictive. There was also a small security pocket built into the waist, which would be very useful for holding bank notes or a credit card. It also repels insects and is designed to be easily washable.
Perhaps my favourite Craghoppers item, and one of their bestsellers, are their Kiwi Pro Stretch Trousers. It’s no exaggeration to say that they are the most comfortable travel trousers that I have found. I first tried a pair on our honeymoon, travelling to Florida. This pair are in a flattering mushroom colour that goes with most tops. I wore them on the plane journey as their stretch fabric means that you can sleep in them easily.
They’re pretty high tech too, with a stain resistant finish, UPF 50+ SolarShield, SmartDry fabric, 3 zipped pockets and a convenient sunglasses wipe. There’s even a heel tape to prevent wear and tear at the bottom of the trousers.
Paul and I also tried a couple of jackets from the Craghoppers Nosilife Autumn/Winter range. His was a Nosilife Desert 3 in 1 Jacket in dark khaki. With a tailored fit, it’s a stylish piece combining UV protection and insect repellent properties with a quilted inner gilet for extra insulation.
There’s a whole host of technical features including a Climaplus insulating layer, moisture control and SolarShield UPF 50+ sun protection as well as the all important NosiLife insect repellent. Paul particularly liked the 6 pockets, including the handy inner passport one.
My Ruhi Lite Jacket was a fantastic shade of electric pink. It’s actually approved by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – famous for their youth adventure expeditions. Extremely lightweight, it took up hardly any room in the suitcase. In fact you can pack it into a pocket – very handy in case of an unforeseen downpour. It has reflective trims on the sleeves, ensuring visibility in the dark.
There are occasional tropical storms in Thailand so the built in hood and waterproof fabric are extremely practical. With an adjustable hem and a clever Ordnance survey map pocket, it’s the perfect companion for your adventures!
As the sun sets on our Thailand trip, I hope that you’ve enjoyed this fashion show ;-). For more information on the Craghoppers NosiLife range, check out www.craghoppers.com.
Which of these items do you like the best? Do you have a favourite item of travel clothing of your own?