of Hayden Lake, Idaho recently completed a 5 week bike tour
of France and Germany. She strongly believes in travelling light
and packs a disposable wardrobe.
travelers haul their heavily laden suitcases filled with dirty
clothes through customs and wished their loads were lighter.
To lessen this problem you can leave your clothes as you travel
through various places. A disposable wardrobe is relatively
simple, you just need to know how to pack it and how to leave
it! It is a great way to make room in your bags for souvenir
Collecting Your Disposable
place to look for clothes you may want to leave in other countries
is your own closet. Everyone has T-shirts they rarely wear and
a few pairs of pants or shorts that they wouldn't miss. Clean
the closet and fill your suitcase.
know about your disposable wardrobe and you will be amazed at
the amount of contributions you will get. Some people are excited
that their clothes go to better places than they do. One friend
gave me a brand new pair of underwear that was too small for
her with explicit instructions to leave them in Paris!
sales, thrift shops and garage sales are an excellent place
to find clothes. Some people have a hard time leaving clothes
they paid full price for but can easily toss the rummage sale
twenty-five cent T-shirt.
throughout the year. Don't wait until a week before you leave
to find your clothes. Keep a bag in your closet to collect your
disposables year round.
Leaving Your Clothes
think leaving your clothes is relatively simple since we do
it all the time without trying to, but it is sometimes difficult
to dispose of your wardrobe. A hotel maid once flagged down
my bus with a few T-shirts I was throwing away.
clothes in your room with a note telling the maids to take the
clothes or give them to someone in need. This way the hotel
will not hold on to them thinking you are going to write and
ask for them back.
wardrobe not only makes your traveling easier but also helps
other people. Many Third World countries are very grateful for
your castoffs. A family in Jamaica was extremely pleased when
I left everything but the clothes on my back for them.
your load and.... throw as you go!