20 Reasons to Pack a Scarf When You Travel

20 Reasons to Pack a Scarf When You Travel

It's a minimalist's must-have - multi-purpose, lightweight, and stylish - to travel lighter, easier, and better.

1. neck scarf

When it's cold out, a scarf can be a plain good ol' scarf to keep your neck warm.


Wrap around your neck in any style or knots you want, it's sure to do a snuggly job.

2. shawl

Worn over the shoulders, a scarf can become a wrap or a shawl to cover up some more.

3. fashion accessory

Especially with a minimalist capsule wardrobe, adding a scarf to different clothing combinations can create entirely new looks and outfits to make them appear unique.


It's a versatile mix and match addition that can be worn pretty much year-round.

4. skirt

Wrap and knot the fabric around your waist to make a short, knee-length, or long skirt.


A great wardrobe addition, a makeshift piece in a pinch, or for extra cover.

5. dress

Tie up top and you can create a simple, easy off the shoulder dress or coverup.



6. hand towel

It's a great paper towel substitute for spills, messy hands, or quick hand drying. 

7. bath towel

Don't have a bath towel when getting out of the shower?


You can towel dry with a scarf.

8. travel pillow

Need a pillow?


Ball up the scarf into a bundle and you'll be catching zzz's in no time.


Great for traveling on planes, trains and buses since you wedge it into your neck.

9. pillowcase

Sleeping on a sofa or a questionable pillow?


Throw the scarf on top as a quick pillowcase.

10. sheet

Need a quick top or bottom sheet in pinch?


Unravel, lay flat and voila - a sheet.


11. blanket

Makes a great extra blanket when chilly, especially on cold planes and trains. 

12. beach coverup

No need for an extra outfit, just wrap your scarf around your waist for an easy coverup.

13. beach towel

It's also a beach towel that you can throw on a chair, on the sand, and dry off with.

14. head wrap

Too hot out?


Touring a religious site, temple, or museum?


Turn your scarf into an instant head wrap. 

15. bandana

Roll it up tight and swirl for a quick and easy head or neck bandana and accessory. 

16. face cover

Layer across your nose, mouth to protect your face in hot, snowy or sandy climates.

17. electronics cover

Wrap around your laptop or tablet for a soft, scratch resistant cover during travel. 

18. window curtain

In need of a window covering for sun or privacy?


Hang that sucker up for some shade.

19. privacy curtain

Changing for the beach?


Wardrobe malfunction?


Change behind the scarf for privacy.

20. carry bag

Wrap items up and tie the ends together for a quick and easy carry bag in a pinch!

If you’re looking for a bag to pack your scarf in, check out Tortuga’s travel backpacks for women.