Annie McKinlay 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
Many weary 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 T-shirts.
Collecting Your Disposable Wardrobe:
The first 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
Let friends 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
Rummage 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.
Collect 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 Behind:
You would 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
Leave your 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.
A disposable 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.
So.... lighten your load
and.... throw as you go!
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