A woman I know told me that when she shops for travel clothes, the first place she goes to is the activewear department of a store. You know, the area where you find yoga, running and hiking clothes.
I thought that was a brilliant idea and did a little head slap that I hadn’t thought of it before.
Generally, these clothes are going to have a relaxing fit and are likely made of a technical material that will wick away sweat. Since so much of my travel is to warm climates, I totally get the benefits of packing active-style clothing for travel.
I spotted the REI Venturi T-Shirt when I was in REI’s flagship store in Seattle and knew this would be a great top for both travel and running.
The material is a polyester/spandex mix, giving it a bit of a stretch. This extra play in the material is not only great for being more comfortable but it makes putting on and taking off a backpack much easier. It’s got a couple of mesh panels (including under the armpits), allowing for some airflow.
There’s a zippered front pocket where I put my house key when I go running but I could conceivably see carrying some cash and my hotel room key in here if I was out and about in a city on a short walk.
Truth be told, one of the things I like most about the Venturi T-Shirt is the scoop neck. It’s a nice added touch of femininity that you don’t often find in more technical clothes for women. It’s also got built in UPF40 sun protection.
This is definitely a piece that won’t get stuck in either my running clothes drawer nor my bin of travel clothes (yes, I have a bin dedicated to travel clothes). Instead, it’ll be a versatile piece with multiple uses.
The only thing I would change about this top is to tighten up the waist a bit. For me, it’s just a tad (and I do mean a tad) billowy. Not enough to make me not want to wear it though.
The Venturi T-Shirt is really reasonably priced at just over $45 and is available on the REI website. It comes in multiple colors including Cavern Shade (pictured), Morning Rose and Brilliant Blue.
Now, tell me where you find your travel clothes?
Disclosure: REI provided this top to me for review. Regardless, everything I have said in the post reflects my honest opinions.