Travel Light and Stay Comfortable: The Magic Merino Wool

We have so many women asking about what to pack

…especially wanting to travel light and take only hand luggage if flying and not to be hampered with big suitcases when going by train. We love travelling light and you’ll be surprised how much you can do without. On our holidays you can usually wash clothes and buy any toiletries you need in small sizes to last the week.

We also recommend layers, layers, layers. One of our guides always says “think onion”!

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And we asked Alex, founder of FINDRA, to give some tips for our travellers so read on  …

In the age of minimalist travel and sustainable living, the quest for the perfect packing strategy is never-ending. Enter Merino wool, the unsung hero of travel enthusiasts and eco-conscious adventurers alike. This miracle fabric, which is central to FINDRA’s range of premium outdoor clothing, offers a myriad of benefits that make it the ultimate choice for those looking to pack light without sacrificing comfort or style.

The Merino Wool Advantage

Merino wool isn’t your ordinary wool. It comes from Merino sheep, prized for their fine, soft fleece. This natural fibre boasts a host of remarkable qualities that set it apart from traditional wool and synthetic materials.  Here is why it is the fabric of choice for outdoor enthusiasts, and why it is our core material:

  1. Temperature Regulation: We are all familiar with wool for warmth in colder weathers, however, Merino wool is actually nature’s answer to various temperatures. It keeps you warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot, thanks to its excellent breathability and moisture-wicking properties. Say goodbye to sweaty discomfort during long flights or hikes under the sun.
  2. Odour Resistance: One of Merino wool’s most impressive features is its ability to combat odour. Its natural antimicrobial properties prevent the growth of odour-causing bacteria, allowing you to stay fresh and confident throughout your travels without the need for frequent laundering.
  3. Quick Drying: Unlike cotton, which retains moisture and takes ages to dry, Merino wool dries quickly, making it ideal for washing on the go. Whether you’re caught in a sudden rainstorm or need to freshen up your favourite base layer overnight, Merino wool has you covered.
  4. Wrinkle Resistance: Tired of dealing with wrinkled clothes after unpacking? Merino wool’s elasticity helps it retain its shape, minimising wrinkles and creases, so you can focus on exploring instead of ironing.

Packing Light with Merino Wool

Now that we’ve established why Merino wool is a game-changer for travellers, let’s dive into some practical tips for packing light with this versatile fabric:

  1. Layering: Embrace the layering strategy by packing lightweight Merino wool garments that can be easily layered to accommodate various weather conditions. A Merino wool base layer, such as the FINDRA Fern Stripe Base Layer,  will feel fantastic against your skin and will keep you fresh.  Add a mid-layer, such as our award winning Marin, if things start to cool down and a technical outer layer which will provide protection against the elements should you need it. The Stroma Jacket is a lightweight,  water-resistant, stylish and versatile outer layer.  Immediately, you will have maximum flexibility without adding bulk to your luggage.
  2. Multi-Functional Pieces: Opt for clothing items that serve multiple purposes. A Merino wool T-shirt, such as the Route, can double as sleepwear or activewear, while a Merino wool neck warmer can be worn as a fashion accessory or to wrap under your outer layer to prevent the chill on your neck.
  3. Invest in Quality: While Merino wool garments may come with a higher price tag upfront, their durability and longevity make them a worthwhile investment in the long run. An investment in Merino is an investment in your planet as this sustainable material is fully recyclable at the end of its long life.

Packing light doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort or style. With Merino wool as your travel companion, you can enjoy the freedom of a minimalist wardrobe without compromising on performance or versatility. From city-hopping adventures to rugged outdoor escapades, embrace the magic of Merino and embark on your next journey with confidence and ease.

The Ultimate Comfort – FINDRA’s range of base, mid and outer layers create the perfect lightweight, versatile kit that you need for those Spring/Summer adventures.  Our Guide to Layering for Hiking will show you how to start!

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