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02/03/2015 08:01AM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
Just wonder what you do for cloths on a long solo, how many extras you take, 7 nights is my longest so far, usually I take 1 change and extra socks, thinking of doing same thing and clean as I go.
 
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02/03/2015 08:40AM  
I usually just take what I need for the weather plus a change of basics - underwear, T-shirt, pants, shirt, and a couple pair of socks.

I do keep dedicated sleeping clothes in the dry sack with my sleeping bag in late fall.

On a solo, I clean them if I get mucky or when I offend myself! :) I think 8 days is my longest so far. The clothes (underwear, especially) that have some sort of odor control do help.
 
Alan Gage
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02/03/2015 08:47AM  
Same here for up to my current 10 day maximum. What I'm wearing + what I bring for possible colder weather + one extra change of pants and shirt + a few pairs of socks + an extra pair of underwear.

The cold weather clothing always consists of layers so there's usually overlap between the current set of clothes, extra set and the cold weather clothes.

I've never noticed a big odor issue. I bring a small stick of deodorant for BO since new clothes or even bathing in the lake don't do much good for that. I don't spend a lot of time sitting in front a fire soaking up smoke either, which is what I find most offensive on my skin and clothes after a few days. I normally trip in late summer/fall with highs in the 70s so I'm sure that helps since I'm not sweating like a pig all day.

I'm hoping for a month long trip this coming year and have been thinking about clothing as well. Not sure if I'll bring an extra change or just soak my dirty clothes in the river and beat them clean on a rock (no soap).

Alan
 
02/03/2015 08:55AM  
When solo I wear one set of clothing but it is comprised of many layers so I can really mix and match what I am wearing depending on the temps. I trip early and late in the season so it is usually cold but last year I had unusually high temps at the end of my solo and was glad to have a short sleeve shirt during the days. I find that I just don't get stinky.

The upper layers are a wool tank top or short sleeve wool tshirt, a long sleeve wool tshirt, a wool zip neck long sleeve shirt, a thin wool hoody, and a thin fleece. The lower layers are wool underwear, wool long underwear, my camping pants, and my Chota hippies. I can add my rain gear if I need wind protection or more warmth.

I pack a down sweater, an extra set of long underwear, one pair regular underwear and two extra pears of sox in a dry bag inside my pack.

Everything is wool except my pants and I find that these don't get too stinky even after wearing them for over a week. I change underwear and clean the extra pair as I go. My wet foot sox are the same pair every day. If I am using my Chota Hippies I will change out my sox every couple of days. I have one dedicated pair of camp sox to wear which I also wear to bed.

My plan is that if I get wet I will use the packed down sweater, long underwear, underwear, socks, and my rain gear as clothing until my original items are dry again.
 
02/03/2015 09:17AM  
Same here. I have mostly shoulder season camped so enough to layer up and be warm but minimalist otherwise. Travel pants and tops, camp pants and tops and sleeping items. Extra socks as even washed out and hung to dry they are not the same as laundered at home.
I am planning a berry season trip this year so will exchange some of the warm clothing for bug net items, etc. In the end the clothing pack seems about the same size.
Stink has not been a problem, at least not to me, and on a solo who else is to be bothered?
 
02/03/2015 09:53AM  
I do laundry in a collapsible bucket, hot water off the fire a bit of soap, a sunny day to hang. Also merino wool underwear has really helped that "what died in my sleeping bag" smell.
So I stay with the 1 spare set of clothes, plan.

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02/03/2015 10:32AM  
I have gone as long as 12 days. My clothing plan is this:

Day 1 clothes(which will vary slightly with the season), 1 "clean" camp clothes change, 1 spare set of whatever Day 1 was, and old hospital scrubs for sleeping, plus 1 or 2 pairs of extra socks(I like to take good care of my feet). Packed in a dry bag with my scrubs are a set of Wickers silk weight long johns and some thin liner socks, in case of cold. I take a very lightweight down vest which can double as an extra pillow. (I also consider my rain gear to be an extra layer for warmth if needed as well as for rain.) --Goose
 
02/03/2015 02:11PM  
The only things I changed out when resupplied on my 40 day trip was underwear, socks, and a couple t shirts. Washed my pants and things as I went, but changing these items out made life a little better. That said, I've gone up to 18 days with the clothes on my back and one set of back ups. Rinse socks out daily helps a lot.
 
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02/03/2015 04:39PM  
depends on the time of year. also, I (we) tend to move everyday so washing is kinda out of the question.
 
02/03/2015 06:56PM  
I do layer up in the spring and fall, so I do have options for the weather, washing would only be a lay over day.

18 days, so did those cloths stand by them self's when you were done Ben:)
 
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02/03/2015 07:28PM  
fresh socks are a real treat for me. I take 4 pairs...

1 pair for wetfooting
1 pair for camp crocs
1 thin pair for sleeping
1 pair for that treat
 
02/04/2015 07:51AM  
quote kanoes: "fresh socks are a real treat for me. I take 4 pairs...


1 pair for wetfooting
1 pair for camp crocs
1 thin pair for sleeping
1 pair for that treat"

I take plenty, I don't like stinky or wet feet, makes a trip way nicer with fresh or cleaned socks.
 
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02/04/2015 01:16PM  
+1 Kanoes. Treat your feet.
 
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02/04/2015 01:30PM  
I take one change, one cotton shirt for sleeping and 3-5 pairs of socks depending on the season. In the spring I have a complete set thermals and wool in a dry bag that go everywhere my life jacket goes. If I go in I want not only dry clothes with me but warm ones.
 
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02/04/2015 02:24PM  
I have found that if you pay attention to the fabric, one extra pair is great plenty. I have found quick drying fabrics allow me to wear one set and wash the other, even it is only hanging out in the rain. My fave is dacron, also the trade name Cool Max, but that fabric seems hard to find these days.
For cold weather I do the layering trick, with enough options to allow me to be comfortable at -30F, at the temperature, I'm wearing everything except my spare pair of wool socks and dacron underwear.
 
02/04/2015 02:32PM  
I'll have to agree with Alan and luft. Tripping in late Sept, I don't sweat much and I don't need bug dope, so I don't get real stinky. Not having a fire helps a lot too.
 
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02/04/2015 04:14PM  
quote kanoes: "fresh socks are a real treat for me. I take 4 pairs...


1 pair for wetfooting
1 pair for camp crocs
1 thin pair for sleeping
1 pair for that treat"
dry feet are happy feet. I also bring 4 pairs.
 
02/04/2015 08:39PM  
quote pswith5: "quote kanoes: "fresh socks are a real treat for me. I take 4 pairs...



1 pair for wetfooting
1 pair for camp crocs
1 thin pair for sleeping
1 pair for that treat"
dry feet are happy feet. I also bring 4 pairs.
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Me too I guess... plus two pair liner socks.
 
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