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Old 04-20-2013, 08:10 PM   #1
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how many clothes?

I got so many helpful ideas from my post about food I thought I should ask about clothing for an extended trip. We know we will have to do laundry every once in a while - but how much clothing do rv people usually take along?

I'm not taking off without hiking boots, rubber boots, sandals and runners. Also have to take a good windbreaker, fleece jacket, fleece vest, raincoat and pure wool sweater.

I've been thinking that I will be fully clothed when we drive off - will three pairs of pants, a pair of shorts, four T shirts and 3 long sleeved shirts plus socks, underwear, gloves and a hat for warmth and sun protection be about right?

Gosh it is fun thinking about all this preparation! It would be nice if it wasn't snowing again though.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:37 PM   #2
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One week's worth of (change every day!) underwear and socks is rule number one for us!

We start looking for a laundromat around day five- which, by the way, is an excellent way to meet the locals wherever one happens to be. Best tips re. local attractions I've ever received have been at the "fold" table in the local 'mats.

We figure one coat and one sweatshirt each; a shirt change every other day, and pants can go maybe three. Both of course depend on conditions- sometimes we get dirty faster.

We leave the tux/evening gown at home...

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gosh, and i thought for sure the first reply might suggest the idea of traveling only in moderate climates and camp at clothing-optional resorts.
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Did I beatchatoit, Thom?

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If you ever got a look at me I think you'd agree that in my case at least, clothing is definitely not "optional", and should probably by law extend to the top of my head so as to avoid scaring Children and Horses...

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I do a lot of crawling around in dirt and tidal muck on trips, and can't usually wear stuff more than a day or so, so I'll bring three each of pants and first-layer shirts and expect to do a load of laundry about every third day (including the man's stuff too). Throw in one or two mid-layers and a polarfleece plus a jacket and socks/undies, hat and gloves if it's cold, some jammies, and that pretty much fills my clothes bin.
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Soooo... clothing optional resorts featuring mud wrestling for our evening entertainment?
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:46 PM   #7
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One week's worth of (change every day!) underwear and socks is rule number one for us!

We start looking for a laundromat around day five- which, by the way, is an excellent way to meet the locals wherever one happens to be. Best tips re. local attractions I've ever received have been at the "fold" table in the local 'mats.

We figure one coat and one sweatshirt each; a shirt change every other day, and pants can go maybe three. Both of course depend on conditions- sometimes we get dirty faster.

We leave the tux/evening gown at home...

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We haven't calculated our usage yet as weather and timing not good for us.
But your list seems to be what we have figured so far. The tux/evening gown was a growing concern........LOL. Now we know. Besides I haven't even owned a suit for a long time. I quit doing weddings and funerals, so don't need the suit. And to get buried? Don't think I will care what they put on me.

I don't know if anyone does it, but we were thinking of whatever the calculation, they would be the camping clothes and separate from home clothes. Always packed and always ready to go.
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:07 PM   #8
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You've probably heard the old joke about packing for a trip. When packing for a trip, put all of your clothes and money you think you'll need on the bed. Then take away half the clothes and double the money--and you'll be just fine.
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Those convertible hiking pants with the zip-off legs are great - long pants when it's chilly and shorts when it's hot.
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Not a full timer so ignore me, but I'd think you'd want something semi-nice to wear when you visit friends and go out to eat. Not a tux but maybe something a little preppy? What do you all do for "dress-up?"
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:05 AM   #11
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I'm a big fan of the wrinkled look when camping. Tee's and shorts, pair of jeans and sweats, sandals, sneakers. A polo shirt is as dressy as I get! Oh, I agree with warm weather camping, don't like the cold.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:30 AM   #12
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We're gone for extended periods, 11 months last year so a variety of clothing is needed though we take a marginally dfferent set to Newfoundland compared to Florida. (For Newfoundland we'll bring our heavy woolen Icelandic sweaters, fewer pairs of shorts and leave the swim suits home.)

We do laundry once a week. Have enough underwear and socks for a week, similarly enough jerseys. (In Newfoundland the ratio of short sleeve to long sleeve will change.)

We each have 3 sweaters, a few long sleeve pull overs (mock turtle necks, sweatshirt, etc) and a light jacket. As well we each carry a hiking style rain coat and a pullover in the car.

We each have 3 pairs of jeans. For dress up events we each have a pair of dress slacks and a dress shirt or two. Ginny also has a couple of pairs of 3/4 length slacks. (On long trips it's inevitable that somewhere there's a dressup day.)

If we're southern we have 5-6 pairs of shorts, for Newfoundland 2 pairs.

As to shoes, I have a pair of Keens that I wear everywhere and a pair of Tevas (Keen like). Ginny has Keens, sneakers and a dress pair of flats. We used to carry hiking boots, but no longer.

(Ginny manages to slip in an extra something somewhere????)

We carry no winter clothing other than woolen caps (and of course a couple of baseball type caps). We find even on spring trips to the far north that layering is always the best choice. We find that our raincoats make the best outer layer.

Definitely live with the wrinkled look. Nothing is hung on hangers, everything is folded on shelves or in small bins.
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Those convertible hiking pants with the zip-off legs are great - long pants when it's chilly and shorts when it's hot.
Agreed. I love the new synthetic clothes designed for backpacking, as they dry quickly and can washed out in a sink and dried quickly on a line.

I dress in 3 layers - synthetic wicking liner (Coolmax my favorite), hooded fleece for warmth, waterproof breathable windbreaker for protection against rain and wind. One downside of synthetics is that they can be damaged by popping embers from campfires - watch out for that.
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gosh, and i thought for sure the first reply might suggest the idea of traveling only in moderate climates and camp at clothing-optional resorts.
I've been told that DeAnza Springs Resort is a good place. We went past it on our way from San Diego to Aqua caliente county park- san diego co.
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