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QUESTION:

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I’m nearly there on the preplist to wing it on world travel I just need to know a few small details of everyday vagabonding.

You should explain how much of each article of clothing you bring on your never-ending vacation or how you wash them.

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There’s a common problem with many novice long term travelers when it comes to packing; they try to maximize the individual days of wear for clothing.

Meaning that they try to fit in a specific outfit for each day to an arbitrary number of days worth of clothing. They’ll pack for a months worth when you can get as many days with a third of that – guy or girl.

Although my system of packing varies slightly depending on the season and location, the entire contents of my clothing for vagabonding is:

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T-Shirts / 4

Shorts / 1

Jacket / 1

Sneakers / 0

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Long Sleeves / 2

Socks / 3

Hat / 1

Boots / 1

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Underwear / 4

Pants / 3

Coat / 0

Sandals / 1

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My clothing packing list has been that since I started vagabonding in 2012. Being a location independent nomad, I’m able to not only choose when and where I can go in the world, but at which season.

Needless to say, this makes my ultralight packing system perfectly efficient for a life of living out of a backpack. Warm weather equals light packing.

There are times when I can’t run from unfavorable weather such as when I want to meet friends or go to an event at their schedule; winter in Prague and Berlin.

This is why my clothing is technical and carefully chosen, able to be cool in the heat and layerable for the cold.

Worst-case scenario, I can borrow a friend’s coat or buy a cheap one for that limited stay.

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Laundry seems to be a common concern for aspiring travelers, which is a factor that makes them pack way more clothing than necessary.

Washing is never a concern for me as the availability for services has always been not only visible but very inexpensive – anywhere in the world.

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Hotels offer them but are usually overpriced whereas hostels and guesthouses let you use their machines for free or for a nominal charge.

But a true vagabond will learn to use a sink for those rare times when laundry service is unavailable or an emergency washing is needed.




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