What do you do with your dirty clothes?

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by g steezy, Nov 24, 2017.

  1. g steezy

    g steezy Been here awhile

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    This may be a stupid question, but I can't seem to find a easy solution. Last summer I rode most of the Trans Missouri Trail. Between getting stuck in 100 degree weather, sweating, and falling in some low water crossings I didn't smell good by the end of the day. I thought I would be smart and put my dirty nasty clothes in some walmart plastic bags to keep them from the rest of my clean clothes in my dry bag. At the end of the next day I opened my dry bag to find that the smell of my clothes from the day before have straight stunk all my clean clothes up.
    My question, on a multiday trip, how do you keep your dirty clothes from contaminating your cleans clothes while stored in the same bag?
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  2. usgser

    usgser Long timer

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    For trips I pack a zippered med sized mesh duffle and strap it to the bike. The air flow helps tame 'some' of the funk. Also good for drying out wet riding/camp gear.
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  3. Gham

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    I just use your basic ziplock laundry bag.they pack to nothing and if they stink by the end of the trip I pitch em.They're cheap and everything is visible so if you want to pull out that one t-shirt and wear it again you can :lol3
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  4. 243Win

    243Win Been here awhile

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    I have two dry bags, one inside the other so it is one unit packed. As clothes get dirty, they go in the second dry bag staying separate from the clean clothes. Again keeping it all in one unit packed until I hit some place to wash the clothes.
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  5. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    I just throw my used clothing in the bottom of the pannier. Launder it when I can.
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  6. nk14zp

    nk14zp Been here awhile

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    Put the stinky stuff in the other side.
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  7. G54B

    G54B Super gumby

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    Dirty washing goes in a big bin bag and back in with the rest. I wash the day I run out of clean clothes, if possible. If not, there's always the good old Pommy backpacker's shower in a can, lol
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  8. whizzerwheel

    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    Zip lock bags...Dirty in one, Clean in another. Plus, stink is just an opinion.


    Here, smell this....
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  9. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    Been know to wear my oldest t-shirts for a couple (or more) of days. Wipe the chain with it and toss it in the trash. When I run out, a SA thrift store nets me a few more for a buck apiece. Cheaper and faster than washing.
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  10. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    @damurph , stole my idea, or...the post I was going to put up here, after reading the OP. I agree with the ways that most others above have posted. But one thing I learned a LONG time ago, when doing a multi-day ride, like a 10 day IronButt kind of ride, is to take all my old...old....socks, t-shirts, and shorts on the ride, as use them up as the trip progresses. Once dirty, throw them out. It lightens the load as the ride progresses (which is a good thing).

    Some IBA folks have even been known to wear them inside-out on the second day, or upside-down on the third day, just to get that "final" wear out of them. :jack

    Others have learned to once you run out of clean clothes, simply stop by a Walmart (or that kind of store) and replenish your inventory of socks, shorts and t-shirts.

    Now, if you are like some of us...more recently...that have switched to LD Comfort riding shorts, socks, and shirts....there is no way we are throwing that stuff in the garbage. In that case, do as others have suggested. I now use the right side saddlebag or pannier as my dirty clothes storage space, until things can get washed.
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  11. kojack06

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    What aisle in Wally World may these be found please?
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  12. powderzone

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    Part of my nightly process is to clean my clothes each evening from the days ride. I pack super light so I only have 2 extra shirts, underwear and socks plus a pair of shorts / swim trunks. Even for longer trips.
    I use one of my drybags with some soap to launder the nastiness, then rinse and hang dry on some paracord. Usually dry by morning and if they aren't I just strap them to the bike and they usually dry within the first hour of riding...unless its raining. That can happen.
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  13. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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    This. It is extremely efficient to wash the poly/wicking Tshirt and undies and socks each night. Takes about 3 or 4 minutes and they are clean for the next day, and they're dry before your head hits the pillow. If in a motel or campground I just wear them into the shower, soap rinse and wring it out. If streamside it's no trick to wash them in a pool.
    I learned decades ago on long distance backpacking trips to do this. Extra clothing is probably the single most "space taking" thing in your kit.
    I recommend experimenting to find what works for you.
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  14. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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    Tip of the day: Cotton undies have me squirming by lunchtime. The UnderArmor and other brands of synthetics are the most comfortable way to go.
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    Paahlease!!!...Wally World?? Dollar General ,I have my standards
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  16. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    I've taken old, worn out clothing on rides and trashed them when necessary.

    Do-it-yourself laundries are pretty much everywhere, and have used often.

    Motels often have laundries for guests, which I've also used, usually after a few days of camping.

    Not worth overthinking the issue.
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  17. rrarthur

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    a bit on the weird side, but I travel one of two ways. I have two sets of wicking socks, underwear, and Shirt. I was one before I go to bed, so I have a clean set to jump into in the morning. I just rotate. all the rest of what I wear is my riding gear. otherwise my other way of traveling, is the mismatched socks, worn out underwear my wife wonders why I keep around and TShirts that are toast, I save those for my rides, and just dispose of the clothes as I go. my load gets lighter, and I get rid of the old worn out clothes. and I come home with more room. I tend to travel light becuase if I ever need something there is usually a store along the way somewhere that I can stop in.
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    twowings Comfortably Numb...

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  19. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    Mostly just wear them and stand downwind.

    I try to wear clothing that is not too funky when dirty. LDcomfort shorts are amazingly unfunky after a few days of riding. On the other hand, I used to use cycling shorts and those are toxic after just one day. So clothing can make a big difference. Quick drying clothes allow at least some in-the-sink laundering which keeps the worst funk at a tolerable level.
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  20. Herman1

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    Marino wool is your friend in such circumstances. Non bio and a handy rock if camping near a water source or your feet and pad about a bit in the camp site shower with your smellies not covering the drain works for me.
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