On the go? You need merino wool for its versatility in both cold and humid climates

Most travel clothing is made from polyester, but who wants to dress in oil-based plastics? Natural fabrics are far smarter, with merino wool the current front runner with travellers. We pick the items to pack on your next trip

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 January, 2016, 1:09pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 January, 2016, 1:16pm

Icebreaker Tech T Lite

The original and best top for backpacking, this short-sleeved T-shirt (HK$632) not only wicks away sweat in humidity and resists odour, but is easy to wash and dries in an hour. Sold by Escapade Sports Causeway Bay, 1/F, Yee Hing Building, 19 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2891 1855

Icebreaker Stratus

Available in men’s and women’s cuts, this long-sleeve zip jacket (HK$2,760) has MerinoLOFT insulation under a water-resistant polyester shell, which remains warm even when wet, and rolls up small for easy packing. Buy it at racingtheplanet.com

Mont-Bell travel socks

These socks for women (HK$98) use merino for comfort and for its natural anti-bacterial properties. Able to both absorb and wick away sweat, they refuse to carry bad odours, so are great for general travel. Find them at overlander.com.hk

Icebreaker Destiny Dress

Recognising that backpacking isn’t just about functionality, this pure merino, crease-free dress (HK$1,492) – so ultra lightweight and easy to pack – has a curved hemline, and dries in hours. Find it at overlander.com.hk

SealSkinz Thermal Liner Gloves

Not only is the merino wool in these SealSkinz liner gloves (HK$155) soft, but if worn under another pair of gloves while skiing, the fabric will wick away sweat. Get them from racingtheplanet.com

Klättermusen Okolner Sweater

This lightweight wool zipper jacket (HK$2,700) is made from WindStretch fabric that’s 37 per cent merino and has seamless shoulders to make carrying a rucksack more comfortable. With a zippered chest pocket and two zippered pockets, it’s available for men and women from overlander.com.hk

Theory Koldeen dress

This little black slip-on number is all about the silhouette (HK$1,664), with a black or burgundy stretch merino wool knit making it comfortable and easy to travel with. Available from Lane Crawford, ifc mall, Central, tel. 2118 3388