Go high quality. Do not shop on Shien. You want to take a capsule collection of pieces that you can mix-and match over the year! Spend 30% extra…on 30% less stuff. That is the way to do it. I’m going to list clothing that will last you well over a year! And you’ll want it because depending on where you may end up, you might not be able to shop.
Here’s the goal of classroom clothing: You want to be comfortable and cute while being appropriate. This doesn’t mean you have to dress like a nun! You should still feel confident at school. It just means covering your boobies and butt.
I love my Spanx pants because they are work-appropriate with stretch!
And I love my Summersalt Pants
And JEGGINGS that are comfy for sitting all day
Tie-Top that goes with everything
I love this scarf with a hidden zipper.
Waterproof Rain Jacket
Drape Front Jacket
A Classy Day-to-Night Sweater Jacket
Comfortable closed-toed flats
Warm winter coat or parka
(best if it’s waterproof with a hood)
A Professional Overcoat
Cozy pull-over Shawl
(that’s basically a professional snuggie)
Day to Night Bodysuit
Jeans or lightweight jeans with stretch
A conservative and warm flowy skirt
A Flattering Wrap Dress
Flowy Dress for the Weekends
A Must-Have Wrap skirt
Shapewear to Wear Under a Dress
…so you don’t flash the kids.
My other favorite best undies for under-dresses
Spanx Reversible Tights for Dresses
The Only Thong Underwear I Will Wear
Work out leggings
My favorite swimsuits
A Swimsuit you can LIVE in
Quiclity Swim bottoms
The key to enjoying your class is to have control…without headaches. How do you control a classroom? With humor and games! Trust me. After 5 years of teaching around the world, these are the MUST HAVE classroom games and gadgets. You’ll thank me later.
👉 Slap Game – https://amzn.to/3YFfZGJ
👉 Stress balls for kids with energy issues – https://amzn.to/3qCKi4b
👉 Suction balls, the ultimate “throw at the board” learning tool – https://amzn.to/45zifBr
👉 Squeaky hammer – https://amzn.to/3QN2WBk
👉 Stickers are your secret weapon – https://amzn.to/3EnM9gN
👉 Mini speaker – https://amzn.to/3E566IX
👉 Hydration packets (for you): https://shopstyle.it/l/b0c0B
👉 Cliff bars (for you): https://shopstyle.it/l/b0c1J
1. Personal alarm or whistle: https://www.shesbirdie.com/?variant=42203727331503
2. Travel insurance: If your school doesn’t provide you with insurance, please get your own travel insurance!
👉 Go with WorldNomads if you’re a super-adventurer (like you’re going to be living off-the-grid in a tiny village.
👉 or Go with SafetyWing if you play it safer (living in a city).
3. Copies of important documents
4. Portable door lock or wedge – https://amzn.to/3P1kaIn
5. Local emergency numbers saved in your phone
6. Scarf with hidden pocket – https://amzn.to/3YFfZGJ
7. Hidden bra pouch – https://amzn.to/3QMwhMb
8. The best mini wallet with RFID blocking technology – https://amzn.to/3KMqGBD
9. Money belt – https://amzn.to/3OH5rlJ
(that I take with me all over the world and that will last a decade)
👉 Ranch packets: https://amzn.to/3QNDT0P
👉 Hot Cocoa: https://amzn.to/47EoMg2
👉 Pistachios: https://amzn.to/3OLg7zO
👉 Cliff Minis: https://amzn.to/3QMBfZl
Remember to consider the local culture and dress codes when packing your clothing items. Prioritize comfort, functionality, and respect for the local norms. Enjoy your teaching experience in Asia!
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In 2011, I left Seattle with just $200 in my pocket to travel the world solo. Today, I'm the founder and creator of The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide, the #1 travel guide book series for women - and the author of The One-Way Ticket Plan.