I have a rather simple; what clothes should I be packing when travelling through Asia? My plan is to go through India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand and perhaps further. Would my current pair of long trousers and a swim short be sufficient or should I get some long convertible jungle trousers made out of fast drying stuff or only a pair of shorts?
Thanks for any advice!
Get synthetic or synthetic/merino wool blend clothing, not pure merino wool. I've found pure merino wool too fragile in general and too expensive for how fragile it is. It only get's durable when it's as thick as normal clothing, and at that point, is only useful for cold weather.
Synthetic is no option, it's just not as good as merino wool. The blend might not be a bad idea, which companies make that stuff?
I've seen it used in long underwear in costco, but again, thats cold weather stuff. You'll have to research for the more warm weather stuff.
But really, avoid thin merino wool clothing, it falls apart very easily.
Cotton clothing will probably be best for hot weather not counting pants/shorts. Cheap and durable. If your going to hand wash your clothing there, cotton will still air dry in hours outdoors. Nobody owns a drier in the hot parts of asia.
Thanks for your reply, but merino wool will still be my choice. It's so much more comfortable then cotton. Cotton you'll need to wash every 2nd day, merino only every 3 weeks. Drying after washing isn't an issue then :)
What's your experience with merino that it won't last that long? It seems you've had a bad experience somehow. I already own a couple shirts and they're like 4 years old already, still in perfect condition after almost daily wear.
Merino wool makes me itch minorly, and a lot more after a day or two. I still notice bodily residue on the shirt and undies when I wear it. Merino wool shirts and underwear are made really really thin so they can be comfortable in hot weather. They are not as thick as typical synthetic or cotton shirts. Otherwise it would insulate you too much.
My merino wool shirts and undies developed holes in months, and I didn't abuse them or wash them frequently. I have normal cotton shirts that last me over a decade compared to these super thin merino shirts.
A convertible pair of pants will get you through pretty much anything. I used to swim in mine on occasion, too.
Or a normal pair of pants (Fjallraven Karl) and some extra shorts should be enough?
If you want to carry more than you actually need, you can get along with that. I would recommend getting a convertible pair of pants. In case you plan to go hiking to high altitudes or going to stay until December, make sure to bring long Icebreaker wool underwear too. I couldnt have survived China without those.
Goodd suggestion! I do wonder if I should take my heavy icebreaker Bodyfit 200 or something a bit lighter, some smartwool perhaps
Next to that, would it be a good idea to bring a t shirt and a longsleeve instead of two t shots?
Minimalism has been on my mind for a few reasons recently. First, I bought a motorcycle. If minimalism were a religion, I'd probably be excommunicated for having more motorized vehicles than I have pairs of socks (RV, motorcycle, folding scooter, and electric skateboard vs. two pairs of socks). Second, I had a long conversation with Leo Babauta about minimalism, which brought it from the background of my life to a concept actually examined and discussed. And last, Erica twittered a video about minimalism that's clearly a parody, but makes some valid points along the way.
I sat at a poker table for a few hours tonight and got the coldest run of cards I've had since I can remember. I didn't lose a lot, I just sat there and folded everything. All that time that I WASN'T spending outfoxing my opponents and pulling down monster pots was spent thinking about why I became a minimalist, why I've stayed a minimalist, and what the point of it all is.
I became a minimalist on a lark, which, for better or worse, is why I do a lot of things. I bought an RV, thinking I'd take road trips in it, and from that point on I never slept in my condo again, and I started selling everything. Momentum kept pushing me, and before I knew it I didn't own anything that didn't fit in my 28 liter backpack.
This post is for all the weekend warriors out there – anyone who participates in running, cycling, triathlons or other “race” events.
Whether you participate in these events competitively or not, we each want to do our best every time we go out. Chasing a PR (personal record) is what these events are all about for most of us, even if we tell ourselves that we only signed up so we’d be motivated to train regularly. If that were the case, we’d just lace up our shoes and go run, bike or swim against the watch on our wrist, right? There is something about that “official” time and the environment of competing with hundreds or thousands of other people that ups the ante. That’s why, when a race goes badly, the disappointment is so much greater than when you just have a bad workout on your own. This happened to me this past Saturday.
I ran the Fargo marathon on Saturday with the hopes of breaking 4:30:00 (yes, that’s four hours and 30 minutes – I don’ run so much as plod). I told myself beforehand that if the race were going badly, then I’d settle for just a PR – my previous best time was 4:38:40. My brother and I were running this race together and had been training at similar speeds, and we both thought that 10:00 to 10:05 miles were possible. Unfortunately, that didn’t prove to be the case.
For the first 18 miles, we were nailing it, but at mile 19 my left leg started hurting badly, aching all the way from my heel to my hip. Shortly after mile 21, I walked slowly through a water station, and when I started jogging again, serious pain shot through my left knee. For the next five miles, I walked and jogged at or below 14 minutes per mile, limping the whole time. Much to my chagrin, my brother waited for me. I told him to leave me and try to get his PR (4:42:00) but he wouldn’t. We crossed the finish line together, step for step, at 4:47:28 – my slowest marathon time ever.