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When I travel by bike, no matter how many days (or weeks) I'm gone, I carry two pair of riding underwear, 2 pair of riding socks, 2 wicking shirts. Maybe a pair of shorts, or long pants - depending on expected weather conditions.

You can easily wash your socks/underwear/shirts in the hotel sink. I could probably get by with one of each, since I wash nightly; takes about 15 minutes:

1. Fill Hotel bathroom sink with warm water (1/2 to 3/4 full).

2. Squeeze in the Tide travel pack (pictured below; you can find in Grocery Store "Travel Size" section).

3. Hand Wash garments, and then let them soak for 10 minutes.

4. Rinse thoroughly.

5. Lay large hotel bath towel on bed, and arrange washed garments on it. Roll it up, so garments are inside.

6. Place rolled towel on floor, and step all over it to wring out the clothes.

7. Hang clothes, and they're dry by morning.

The clothes can be tumble dried, but I prefer hanging.... Much easier than wasting time doing somersaults all around the room....
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Re: A Tidy solution to minimize clothes packing

Nice, we may have to do that for CCR. I heard they have no guest laundry and I don't do laundry services at hotels.

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Re: A Tidy solution to minimize clothes packing

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Re: A Tidy solution to minimize clothes packing

I do just that and also have a small, sturdy net bag that I connect to my Wolfman bag that can blow dry a few damp items (if needed) while riding.

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Re: A Tidy solution to minimize clothes packing

I usually pack for 1/2 of the trip. Then do laundry half way threw the trip. For a 10 day trip I'll take 5 tee shirts ,the same amount of socks & skivvies and also have 2 pair of shorts & 3 polo shirts. I lay out 1 tee shirt then roll 1 pair socks & 1 undies up in it, repeat for each shirt,sock etc & I have 5 days worth of riding clothes. That packs up small plus you just need to grab one roll in the morning to get dressed. The dirty clothes get rolled back up & go into the hotel laundry bag till time to wash. I use the shorts & polos for the evenings at dinner & such. This way I only have to do laundry once on a trip. All this fits easy in one side bag & my wife takes the top case. I carry 1 pair of shoes for walking & it goes on the top case rack with Sammies shoes & both of our bathroom stuff. I us to pull a trail with the K1200LT but sold it with the bike. I like packing lighter but Sammie still missed the trailer even after 3 years.

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Re: A Tidy solution to minimize clothes packing

I met a fellow traveler once who remarked he packed his threadbare socks and underwear when he traveled. At the end of each day he simply thew them away. When he ran out he bought a couple pair of each and did the nightly wash routine.

Since he mostly traveled to France, my immediate remark was Well no wonder the French hate us! They are sick of getting stuck with your dirty underwear and socks!! He didn't smile?

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Re: A Tidy solution to minimize clothes packing

I tried to get the wife interested in this thread, no way no how. She likes the trailer! Packing light ain't gonna happen!

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Re: A Tidy solution to minimize clothes packing

When Im travelling I do mostly the same as the OP.

Only changes...

I use the hotel, soap, shower, shampoo or whatever to wash them.
I ring them out in the towel, which really squeezes the mousture out.
I use a light wicking shirts, socks and under wear.
Go light enjoy the ride.

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Re: A Tidy solution to minimize clothes packing

I do laundry with these cool sheets the Mrs found for me. One sheet is the detergent for wash AND the dryer sheet so you just transfer it with the wash into the dryer. Few sheets packed in a sandwich bag takes up zero room and you're golden 👍
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