In the desert sun, sand all around, I turned up the collar on my shirt. It’d been five days with the same clothing on, no laundromat in sight. I was in Jordan and attempting to travel light. Changes of clothes are a luxury, not a necessity, if you’re careful how you dress.
New materials let you get away with it. Stink and stains are less of an issue with clothing made for the rigors of the road.
A case in point was my shirt: Aptly called the Global Adventure Roll-Up, the $70 long-sleeve from Columbia is made of polyester but boosted with technologies that wick sweat, repel moisture, and shade from the sun.
(Related content: Author Stephen Regenold wrote about canyoneering in Jordan earlier this month in the post “Into the Depths… ‘Wadi Ghwayr’ Canyon Trek in Jordan” )
The company cites UPF 50 sun protection with the shirt. Its long sleeves and collar keep rays off your skin.
A special wicking material helps move sweat. The fabric is made to resist moisture, limiting the stink factor even after days of wear.
Long-sleeve shirts paired with lightweight pants might seem strange when the temp is pushing 100 degrees. But I find that loose-fitting and breathable clothing that covers you up is the best to manage dry heat and desert sun.
In Jordan, where I was hiking and exploring canyons for almost a week, my shirt adapted across a range of temps. Its stretchy fabric was comfortable while hiking as well as climbing up a desert peak.
A bonus: Wrinkles are a thing of the past with many travel-oriented tops. As long as you don’t crumple them into a ball, a shirt like this Columbia can survive a trans-Atlantic trip in a duffel bag and arrive in a far-flung place still looking crisp.
—Stephen Regenold wrote about canyoneering in Jordan earlier this month in the post “Into the Depths… ‘Wadi Ghwayr’ Canyon Trek in Jordan.”
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