[Travel Preparation] 4 Clothes to Consider When Traveling Overseas

Avoid clothes with patterns like national flags or skulls

Patterns such as national flags or skulls are clothing that should be avoided, regardless of whether it is safe or not.

Even if you think it's just a design, you never know what the other country's people will think. In Japan, some people like the national flag, skulls, crosses, etc. as fashionable items.

Although there may not be a strong meaning or intention towards the pattern, it may be considered taboo in some countries. First of all, let's talk about the national flag.For example, what if you wear American flag clothes and go to a country that is in conflict with the United States?

For the people of that country, seeing the flag of the other country can lead to feelings of disgust. The country you are traveling to may be home to people from various nationalities, so avoid wearing clothes with the national flag to avoid trouble.

Next, be careful with patterns such as skulls and crosses. In some countries, it is religiously taboo or has a strong negative image. In order to travel safely, it is safe to wear as simple clothing as possible.

Avoid clothes with foreign language written on them if you don't know what's written on them, or clothes with strong messages. As the saying goes, ``When you enter a country, obey the country.'' Be sure to dress in a way that suits the country you're in.

Avoid short skirts and revealing items

Clothes that expose a lot of exposure are extremely dangerous from a crime prevention perspective, so it is safer to avoid them outside of resort areas as much as possible. In particular, bright colors, fluffy designs, and other revealing clothing are dangerous.

You may not run into any danger in Japan, but letting your guard down won't work overseas. Don't forget that you may unintentionally arouse the other person. If you expose yourself too much, you may be mistaken for a prostitute in some countries. You may become a target for sexual crimes, so to protect yourself, avoid exposing your skin and wear pants.

Additionally, you may be refused entry to sacred places such as temples, churches, and mosques if you wear revealing clothing. Some places will rent out things like stoles to cover your skin, but you should take care to wear clothes that don't expose your skin as much as possible.

High-end restaurants may also have strict clothing requirements, so please be careful. I understand that you want to enjoy fashion since you are traveling abroad. However, to avoid being refused entry at your destination, please check the clothing trends of your destination on the internet in advance and dress appropriately for the TPO.

Cover your entire body with branded products

When you cover your entire body with visibly high-end branded products, it's like you're trying to say, ``I'm rich.'' This behavior in areas where pickpockets and robberies are common makes people think that you are a tourist with money, making you a target for crime.

Since you can make money by stealing branded goods, the chances of you being involved in a crime are quite high. Just because you're Japanese, people might think you're rich and have a low sense of security, so be wary of people who approach you in a friendly manner.

Furthermore, it is recommended not to wear watches or accessories, even if they are not brand-name items, at festivals, markets, etc. where there are many people. I think that if you live in a safe country, you will not feel any sense of danger of having your things stolen.

However, it would be very troublesome if you were to let your guard down and lose your wallet, cell phone, or passport. For peace of mind, carry your valuables in front of you as much as possible and choose a bag with a zipper.

Above all, the key to safely enjoying your overseas trip is to avoid wearing branded items and not showing off your weaknesses. I think you can feel even more at ease if you ask your guide or local people in detail which areas are safe and which areas are dangerous.

Be careful about fur and clothes with fur on them.

A coat is essential when going to a cold country. You'll want to prepare something made of warm material before you go on your trip, but there are some things you need to keep in mind.

It's easy to overlook this because it's not really considered a problem in Japan, but it's about fur. There are countries in the world that have very strong ideas about animal welfare and protection. In such countries, it is best to avoid wearing fur or clothing with fur.

This is because if someone with a strong mindset sees your clothes, you may not only get cold stares but also get into trouble. You don't want to be scolded while traveling. For example, the UK and Canada should be careful. Due to the strong trend towards animal welfare, it is considered undesirable to wear fur.

Also, depending on the country, hunting of some animals is prohibited by law, so if you really want to wear fur or clothing with fur, you should check that as well.

However, the movement to abolish real fur is accelerating worldwide, so if you're concerned about whether it's okay or not, I think it's best not to wear it in any country. Famous brands have also declared that they do not use real fur, so it will only become more strict in the future.

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