Packing for a vacation in the tropics?

Promthep Cape, Phuket

Beach, ocean, palm trees… sounds wonderful right?  Don’t forget the hot and humid weather that comes with!  Packing clothing that is both functional and fashionable for a vacation in this type of climate can be a practical and stylistic challenge, especially if your home base is Fargo, North Dakota!

Tonsai Bay, Koh Phi Phi Don

ilandco, a resort wear company based in Australia that features kaftans/kimonos, beach dresses, maxi dresses and island style accessories, had exactly what I was looking for!

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Phra Nang Beach, Krabi

The lightweight construction of their kimonos was perfect for covering up on the beach. They can be worn over swimwear or paired with street clothes making them extremely versatile. I fell in love with their Noosa and Wategos patterns and wore full-length versions of both not only seaside, but also while visiting various attractions in Thailand.

Old Phuket Town

Best of all, they didn’t take up much room in my suitcase.  We all know how much it costs to check baggage these days!

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Many of the top tourist spots in Thailand are Buddhist temples that require conservative dress.  While some travelers are forced to buy/borrow scarves to cover their shoulders, I was glad I had something cool and comfortable to wear to these religious sites.

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Chaithararam Temple, Phuket

Inspired by travel, the beach, nature and fashion, ilandco’s founder Jodie Minto, created the company while living in Dubai for eight years.  It is there she sources her fabric and tailors.  Her team also has members located in India, New Zealand and Australia.  “I started my business as I wanted to escape my corporate nine to six job and spend more time with my children.  I also needed a creative outlet and always loved business,” says Minto.


ilandco’s designs are made from chiffon, silk and crepe materials.  Minto plans to also add cotton and bamboo products to her line in the future.  


You can check out more ilandco designs or purchase by visiting  Follow their creative and compelling photo gallery @ilandco on Instagram.


*This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me.  The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely mine.



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