The summer season usually means vacation travel for the entire family. However, with gas prices soaring to almost five dollars a gallon and airlines adding extra charges for fuel and even checked bags, families are staying closer to home. Cotton Incorporated has put together a few tips on how to assemble the perfect day trip while remaining comfortable and fashionable.
Picnic in the Park
Nothing says summertime more than dining in the fresh air at your local park, or in your own backyard! Preparing for outdoor meals is made simple by using a natural fiber, like cotton, which offers lightness and comfort in the warm weather months. Here are a few tips for the perfect picnic:
As always, it is important to have a well thought out wardrobe when the long days of summer turn into evening. “The essential key in making sure your wardrobe is comfortable during summer travel is all in the layering,” states Linda DeFranco, director, product trend analysis group, Cotton Incorporated. “When planning for a day at the park, it is important to pack a light-weight cotton sweater or a button-down shirt to put over your t-shirt in case it gets chilly.”
Day at the Beach
Whether you live by a beach or a fresh-water lake, a day of play in the water can be fun for the entire family. Traveling to the water side is easy as long as you are prepared!
Clothing becomes a very important priority when planning a day at the beach. When planning a trip to the water with your family, it is very important to think of two issues: sun protection and comfort on the trip home.
“Each member of the family should always have a wide-brim cotton canvas hat or baseball cap to protect the top of the head and face from sun damage,” states DeFranco. “And when traveling after a day in the water, it is important to have clothing that will let you travel home comfortably. Most people want to slip into a pair of khaki shorts and knit shirt or dry t-shirt. Another great option for women is to put a sundress over their (dried out) bathing suit for a stylish ride home.”
Travel carefree and never let the fear of stains hamper your day in the sun! Cotton Incorporated’s stain guru, Norma Keyes offers tips to keep your clothes looking fresh as a summer day, and free from the most troublesome seasonal stains. For helpful hints, please go to; Summer Stain Guide
Cotton Incorporated, funded by U.S. growers of upland cotton and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, is the research and marketing company representing upland cotton. The Program is designed and operated to improve the demand for and profitability of cotton.