What do you do with your dirty clothes?

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  1. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Long timer

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    Be like Jack Reacher, every three days or so buy some cheap new clothes and throw the dirty ones in the garbage.

    Whether on multi-day motorcycle rides, overseas travel, ski trips, or other times where I carry my clothes I do what others here have said. Everything is either nylon, polyester, or merino wool. I wear one set and carry a spare or maybe two if finding water is questionable. I take ten minutes each evening to wash what I wore that day and everything is dry be morning. If things didn't quite dry or I didn't have enough water or time then I wear the spares and wash both the next evening and start all over again.
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  2. Choby

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    I pack "throwaways" for the most part. I gather all the crap that is going to be shop rags in the near future then at days end or multiple days end I clean my chain with my old shirt and use it as a fire starter, I pack a couple of decent items that I will return home with but for the most part lighten as you go.
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  3. bikerfish

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    Everything I take and wear under my riding garb is lightweight backpacking type stuff, easily washed every evening, dry by morning. I carry 3 days worth and simply rotate it. I take the same amount of clothes no matter the length of trip. Having 3 days worth lets me lazy once in a while and still have some clean stuff to wear. Once in the habit of doing it, the washing takes very little time, then it's time to get a fire going and crack a beer at camp!
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  4. sparkingdogg

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    Pack light. One extra pair of socks, one t shirt, one underwear. Hand wash each evening and clean your body and put on fresh clothes. Hang clothes to dry, dry by morning. Merino wool socks are NOT hot and do not stink like synthetics do (Klim are the worst socks ever). Under Armor t shirts and underwear are worth the extra money, they dry quick when washed. I travel internationally about the same way... I don't want to lug a suitcase around. Less is more. Cotton is bad. Synthetic underwear/t shirt and Merino wool socks are the way to go. Flip flops for camp and shower shoes.
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  5. AdventureDude

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    Like others have said, I travel light: two pairs each of underwear, shirts, socks, and camp pants, all synthetic and easily washed and dried. On a 15 day trip last fall, it was easy to wash and hang shorts and shirt each night, whether camping or hoteling. Always dry by morning. I think I heard this trick from an article or interview from world traveler Helge Pedersen. If it's good enough for him, it's good enough for me!
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  6. Strong Bad

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    Washing your clothes every night is fine and dandy if you stay in hotels every night. Out west here we commonly "dry camp" where there is no water except for the water you carry with you, so washing clothes is out of the question. On longer trips like the CDR & HOW, I carry enough underwear to cover me for 4 days, on the 4th day you go into town get a room and wash your clothes in a laundry mat, shower, & re-supplying food supplies. I put my dirty clothes in a large garbage bag to prevent them from stinking up my clean clothes.
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  7. bikerfish

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    I've rarely camped out west that wasn't near a creek or lake, but I don't camp much in the desert areas, I prefer the mountains, so I've never had much issue washing my clothes when camping. I guess in the desert areas it could be a challenge.
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  8. smoltz

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    I put them in dry bag and seal them up inside of my pannier bag.
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  9. outdoorsman

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    I use vacuum bags to store my clothes, one for clean clothes and one for dirty clothes. They save so much space too.
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  10. Sparrowhawk

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    Even when you're travelling in the desert there is water available at gas stations, restaurants, city parks, or rest stops. Take a few minutes and wash and rinse yesterday's dirties in the sink or in a Ziploc bag. Wring them out and let them dry overnight.
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  11. lhendrik

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    Wear my shirt in the shower each evening (assuming I shower in the evening). It gets washed, sort of. Wring out and hang it up. Wear it tomorrow. Repeat as needed.
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  12. Bobo

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    Yeah, but lugging around a vacuum is s pain in the ass. :lol3
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    Don Flamenco Been here awhile

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  14. thirsty 1

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    Bingo! I've sent my dirty clothes Priority Mail to let my wife open the bag days later. :D
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    Clothes?? What clothes? Never gave to clean gear assuming it rains from time to time :D

    Dirty socks though.. they get ziplocked.
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    Dollar Tree Storage bags, one for clean, one for dirty, one for the rain suit. Vacuum not needed, simply sitting on the bag gets nearly all the air out the one-way valve. If you want, you can suck on it once or twice to turn the bag into a solid, compact brick. Plastic bag contains odors or moisture. Saves lots of packing space and makes the panniers easier to close.
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    Usually only take 2-3 changes of clothes, mostly synthetics for fast drying after hand washing as needed. A small bottle of Bronner's peppermint soap works for dishes, clothing and showers.
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  17. foxtrapper

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    On longer trips, I tend to use the gallon ziplock baggies with a days clothing in each. Squished down flat so they slip into the saddlebags or such. I'll use a larger bag like a double grocery bag, rolled up, for storing the dirty clothes, usually in the trunk or such. I'll let things dry if I can at night, or use the aformentioned mesh laundry bag on the rear seat to air out and dry things. Mildew is hell to get back out of clothes if it starts. I'll stop and do laundry when I'm down near the end of the clean clothes I've packed.

    I do find ziplock type baggies to be the greatest thing for motorcycle packing.
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  18. Donny312

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    Hand wash your clothes in any clear water you run across, stream, shower, then dry like so FC4666B7-5CE0-4D67-AB0B-808527159FF8.jpeg
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  19. Menhir

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    I save old T-shirts and unmentionables that are still good enough that they don't frighten the locals but are not good enough to donate.
    I throw them in the trash as I camp along the way.
    Of course I keep some better stuff for my destination wear...or I'll just buy some souvenir shirts at some point. Anything I'm keeping goes into a cloth laundry bag which makes a decent camp pillow.

    As for socks, I usually carry two or three pairs of motosocks which I rinse out and let dry as I wear the next pair, rotating them as the trip progresses.
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  20. kwthom

    kwthom Retiree apprentice - willing to learn

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    For the OP, it seems the answer is "it varies"

    Before getting good moto-specific gear that's pretty much only worn while riding, it was a challenge as you found out.

    Now, the riding gear comes off at the end of the riding day & gets washed in the sink. Mainly, you can do a simple rinse-out only for two, three, four days, not a problem. Shampoo (not much) if you need to (e.g. LD Comfort gear FTW!)

    There's pants/shorts/t-shirts for going out to dinner/lounging around that'll also be good for a couple/three days, before laundry is needed.

    As another mentioned by day four, maybe five, it's time for a couple of hours of laundry, which is also the reason I'll take a bit of laundry soap along with a small medicine bottle full of quarters with me. The shit they sell in those machines is *expensive*!

    While the laundry is being done, you can work on that ride report/blog entry. :cob
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