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‘Rule of 3’ Clothing Packing Hack

Basic nomadic method of travel packing hack of clothing from 3 days to as long as 3 months as an operative in the field – within the same singular loadout.

3 years ago

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Basic nomadic method of travel packing hack of clothing from 3 days to as long as 3 months as an operative in the field – within the same singular loadout.

But if you can pack for 3 months, then you’re essentially packing for an indefinite amount of time.

So to be clear, with 3 days worth of clothing, you can in many cases, use that for 3 months and beyond.

It’s not called the ‘Rule of 3’ because of that, but because of the amount of clothing that’s supposed to be packed. And that is 3 pieces / sets of all clothing types.

For example, my clothing packing list follows this strictly: 3 t-shirts, 3 long sleeve tops, 3 pairs of socks, 3 pairs of briefs and 3 pairs of pants (1 being shorts).

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Plus or minus 1 from any of that, I’ve been living a life on the road and all around the world since 2012. This doesn’t mean I’ve had all of the same clothing since, quite the contrary. I switch them out or replace them as frequently as needed, especially the socks.

This is a very minimalistic approach to nomadic packing but it works perfectly and the rewards of being ultralight goes a long way. But it takes work.

So what about cleanliness and laundry with such little clothing? Even as a globetrotter, I like to stick around South East Asian countries. This means hot as fuck weather all year long. This also means I’m sweating buckets all the time. But I keep my shit fresh and clean.

I achieve this through itemized laundry, not bulk. Meaning I don’t wait to have a full load of dirty clothing to do laundry.

If you’ve served in the military or have a good deal of experience in trekking, this should come naturally. For everyone else, it should be just as effective with a bit of testing and experimenting.

Now you can always have something fresh to wear without lugging a loadout full of unnecessary clothing.


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Published 3 years ago