I’d like to say up front that I don’t dress my husband. I might buy him something occasionally but I don’t lay out his clothes or plan to coordinate with him. That having been said, he is a bit lax on buying clothing for himself so, since packing for a year abroad takes some advance thought, I’ve been putting a plan together for him.
Our main priority, besides dressing in an acceptable way, is to stay cool and comfortable while spending long days out in the ministry. Another thing I’m keeping in mind is that we will likely be washing clothes by hand and drying them on a clothesline. Squeezing excess water from clothing can take a toll on certain fabrics, leaving them stretched out or wrinkled so I am looking to pack clothes which are also durable.
In Guyana, a dress shirt (short or long sleeved) with dress pants or chinos, and a tie is appropriate. While I don’t think it’s necessary to spend a lot of money on specialty items, Lands End offers a full line of no iron dress shirt and pants and L.L. Bean carries wrinkle-free shirts, which include other useful options like breathable, bug-repellant, moisture wicking, quick dry, and sun protection. We will likely invest in a few of these.
Another key item have is a pair of comfortable and breathable dress shoes. I’m hoping to find these somewhere for a reasonable price. And for the rainy season or if we go to preach on the rivers, a pair of rubber boots.
As far as a service bag is concerned, some people choose to carry a backpack for the ministry but I think he’s going to go with a cross-body messenger bag he already owns.
For undershirts, we’ll use this hot, New England summer as a test for these Uniqlo Airism undershirts which are supposed to be breathable and moisture-wicking.
Casual clothes are pretty straight forward: t-shirt and jeans or shorts. Jeans can be difficult to wash by hand because it takes a lot of strength to get the excess water out, leading to them smelling musty, so I’ll be looking for pants or jeans of a lighter material.
And even though Guyana is a tropical country, it can get chilly at night or at certain elevations so he’ll be bringing a sweatshirt or jacket. A lightweight down jacket like this one from Uniqlo would work well.
So that’s about it for men’s clothing! Next up is women’s which, as you may imagine, I’ve been finding much more daunting… Stay tuned!