Recently I spent two weeks cruising around Papua New Guinea with two girlfriends and Jacob. We visited six different on shore locations during our cruise, all very different from the last. While everything in my previous post – A ladies guide on what to wear cruising, still applies in this case. being in PNG does add an additional element which should be considered in your packing.
Firstly, some of the locations we visited were more conservative than others. What we chose to wear needed to be tailored to our specific locations. For example, our first and third stop, Alatau and Wewak both specified that women should dress more conservatively with shoulders covered and shorts and skirts to the knee.
I must be honest and admit I wasn’t totally prepared for that. Even though I have travelled through out Polynesia where conservative dress is expected, I for some reason didn’t combine those past independent travel experienced with my cruise expectations. Luckily I had a pair of light weight, breathable, and conservative trousers with me which worked perfectly in these situations.
I was sent the Palm & Tiger Borneo pants to test out and review on my cruise, and they were a great item for those hot and humid days where we had to dress a bit more conservatively. The thin yet sturdy cotton fabric allows for optimal breathability and the loose fit increases air flow. Even in the PNG humidity, I was still comfortable.
I like wearing these camping or to the beach because if they get wet, they dry surprisingly quickly as well. Also, Palm & Tiger will donate 20% of their profit to the Orangutan Foundation International Australia (OFIA), helping to ensure the rain forest is preserved for animals and adventurous alike.
Living in Australia, I have heard a lot of horror stories about travelling in Papua New Guinea. The name here is synominous with danger and crime (rightly or wrongly). I wasn’t too worried about it since I assumed the cruise company wouldn’t just drop a bunch of unsuspecting dim dim’s (the PNG word for white people) in a dangerous spot. That being said, we did hear of one girl who had her purse snatched.
Despite all this, we were still fairly relaxed in PNG. We didn’t bring valuables on shore with us from the boat, and for things which we did need to bring, like government issued ID, some local currency and our cruise cards, we tried to keep these in a safe place. This is where my Clever Travel Companion clothing really came into it’s own. Clever Travel Companion is a line of clothing which combines secret zippered compartments with clothing you actually want to wear. How many people own a money belt? Now, how many of you actually used it after your first few days of travel. Yup, thought so.
I have two pieces of Clever Travel Companion clothing; a pair of grey boy short undies with two zippered pockets, and a black tank top with two zippered pockets on the side. Both items are super comfy, and the zippers are also fairly discreet. Even the pockets on the undies, despite being tight fitting, will still fit a passport.
I wear my Clever Travel Companion clothing a lot, especially at the beach or other places where I want to keep my valuables near by, but without necessarily having to carry around my entire purse.
Packing for PNG is all about being comfortable, conservative, and secure. In some locations you can wear short shorts and tank tops, but also be prepared to cover up a bit as well. The cultures of PNG as so varied, that your outfit planning needs to be as well. And while I had no issues with crime in PNG, it certainly doesn’t hurt to keep your valuable stashed away somewhere safe.