People ask us all the time what we have in our packs. And I usually tell them, “too much”. The fact is that we are often on the move or so unpacked (or not so unpacked) that it is hard to take a photo and inventory. But this week I was determined to at least show you what our travel wardrobes look like. So, after we did all our laundry this week, we laid it all out and cataloged it before we repacked.
I’ve always been a bit of a clothes horse and like to think that I have a good personal sense of style. And I didn’t really want to have to give that up when we started to live on the road. But we also both need practical pieces that will hold up to a beating, with sometimes unpredictable or infrequent wash schedules and often not a nice machine or good water. Also, we don’t usually do our laundry (I know, we’re spoiled.) as in many places there is no such thing as a self-serve laundromat. This means that, more often than not, we hand it over to a stranger and hope it comes back clean and the same size and color.
We have traveled a wide range of environments and temperatures in the last 8 months as well, including winter in Europe and the hot and rainy season in Asia. That means we had to dress for temps from below freezing to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. So our wardrobe has to meet a wide variety of needs. This means that everything needs to go with everything else and needs to be layerable to accomodate temperature differences. We’ve also tried to maintain some color schemes so that everything really goes with everything else. But, as you can imagine after 8 months on the road, that’s fallen apart a bit as we’ve added or replaced pieces. Kat’s original colors were black, grey, red, and blue. Kyle’s original colors were grey, blue, and a bit of black & green.
The bulk of our clothing is cotton or merino wool (we’re huge fans of Icebreaker clothing). Cotton and wool breathe. And merino wool can both help you stay warm and help you stay cool, while also being lightweight. We’ve learned the hard way that all those synthetic activewear fabrics just don’t work well. They get stinky and then stay that way. And they never really breathe, so when it’s 100+degrees with 90% humidity, you are just a huge ball of sweat.
And now, without further ado, here are our travel wardrobes.
1 pr jeans
1 pr khakis
1 pr canvas pants
merino wool hoodie
soft shell jacket
rain shell jacket
merino wool leggings
3 pr shorts
1 pr soccer shorts
1 dress shirt
Not pictured: 3 pr underwear, 7 pr socks, 3 hats (baseball, wool cap, sunhat) and gloves.
4 dresses (1 dressy)
2 pr jeans
2 pr shorts
rain shell jacket
faux leather jacket
wrap sweater (bought as a souvenir in Greece)
merino wool hoodie zip up
merino wool sweater
3 tank tops
And then we pack them into travel cubes. We each have three cubes that we then store in the bottom of our packs. Since both of our packs have access via a bottom opening as well as a top, that means we have easy access to our clothing without having to unpack the rest of our packs.
So there you have it! Our way too large travel wardrobes. It’s about to get a massive overhaul when we are back in the states this week, as we reconfigure and repack for South America. My goal is to take my wardrobe back down to 20 mix and match pieces. I’ll be sure to post an update in mid-June, with pictures of the new slimmed down wardrobes.
What clothing would you pack if you had to pack for 8-12 months of traveling around the world? What item could you NOT live without?
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