Well, I guess it ultimately comes down to how much space you have. Through India and SriLanka, Roh, Gypsy and I literally had 2 laundry nets of clothing each. One for tops, and one for bottoms. Each net is about 20cm by 30cm and when full puffs out to about10cm wide. You can actually fit quite a lot into them but they are also a fixed size, so as long as you know you can fit say 3 into your backpack/suitcase, then you can stuff as much into them as you want! They also breathe which is really important in humid climates otherwise you may end up with a new pattern on your shirt, courtesy of the mould. And it makes packing and unpacking your pack so easy. Just pull them out, then push them back in.
As a general rule of thumb, when backpacking we avoid jeans. Sure, they are comfy, but boy are they heavy! You can get just as much warmth in tights under some loose pants. I’ve always found layers work well for me. I try to travel with plain coloured long-sleeved shirts, so that then I can wear a t-shirt or dress over top. By doing this, your winter and summer wardrobes are basically the same!, except for that added long-sleeve shirt (or thermal) in winter which takes up no space during summer. This also applies for skirts and tights. We also always travel with a good thick jacket. For me it’s a puffer jacket I’ve had mine for many many years. The beauty of a puffer jacket is that you don’t sweat in them in warmer weather, but they keep you super toasty in cooler weather. And, they roll up really small (I fold then roll mine and stuff it inside the hood) and you can then use it as an extra pillow/cushion!
In Ned, we have a litttttle more space than a backpack, but you'd be surprised. We actually don’t have that much space for clothing. We each have 1 shelf (40cm x 50cm x 20cm). I have 2 dresses, 2 singlet tops and 2 t-shirts, which can all be worn over my 2 long sleeved-thermal shirts. I have 2 pairs of tights, 1 pair of jeggings, 1 pair of loose pants, 1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of shorts and 3 skirts. We usually wash once a week to 10 days, and honestly, this is way too much clothing for me. I could easily survive with half of the amount. I also have 3 jumpers, 1 flanno and my puffer jacket. Again, this is more than I need. If we were passing through Brisbane again soon, I’d leave at least my jeans, 2 jumpers, a skirt and a loose pair of pants behind.
When it comes to packing for your next adventure though, ask yourself these few questions:
- How much space do you have and will you need to carry your bag?
- How cold is it going to get? How hot is it going to get?
- How long will you be in the cold vs the hot? If for example, you are going to be 3 weeks in the hot then 1 week in the cold, then just take a jumper and a pair of jeans, and pack the rest for the hotter weather.
- How often do you intend to do laundry/shower? It can be hard to find showers when you are road-tripping in Australia and, lets be honest. If you haven’t showered for a couple of days, do you really need to change your clothes daily? (Ladies, stock up on panty liners!!)
- How comfortable are you with “Eau De Bonfire”? We’ve met a lady who every evening changes into her “bonfire clothes” so she doesn’t stink up her day-to-day clothes. Me on the other hand, well, if I could bottle it into a perfume I would!
Good luck packing for your next adventure and let me know if you have any other handy multi-season packing tips!!