High Flying Ideas for Travel

Published: 01st March 2011
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Wool may not be the material that springs instantly to mind when contemplating your summer wardrobe, but knitwear doesn't necessarily have to be bulky and sweaty - especially when you opt for more lightweight material like merino wool, which has all the advantages of other light materials in addition to extended wear.



The fibres of this wool are incredibly fine, allowing knitted garments to really breathe, and because it's natural it doesn't have the problems of dampness commonly associated with man-made fibres. This has made merino wool a surprising success on spring and summer catwalks in recent years, and also among sports players who desire clothing that won't stick and feels comfortable on the skin.



Merino wool is great for travellers and holidaymakers too, as you'll be able to get longer wear time out of your items - something that can be especially useful in the case of socks. As well as giving you increased confidence by avoiding stickiness and damp smells, this also means you'll have more room free in your suitcase to bring back holiday souvenirs, and the clothing itself is naturally very light, unlike standard knitwear.



Merino wool is incredibly comfortable to wear too, on any part of your body, and because the fibres help to regulate your body temperature they can be ideal in all conditions - from wet spring mornings to scorching summer afternoons and even in the chill of winter. If you've been troubled by itching from woollen knitwear in the past, merino wool should pleasantly surprise you by being very soft and leading to very little contact between the garment and your body, due to the longer fibres of the merino sheep's coat.



Although merino wool can be more expensive as a premium material, the fact that you won't have to buy as many items of clothing means it won't take long before you've recouped your investment. The material is also extremely durable, and parents should be happy to note it can be stretched by up to a third of its length without leading to permanent damage or losing its shape.



By introducing merino knitwear into your wardrobe this summer, you could save space and hassle. Merino wool is ideal even for the most active of summer sports, from tennis to cycling - however, those taking to the ski slopes and enjoying other winter sports will probably enjoy the extra insulation offered by a heavier fabric.



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