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2013-05-11 08:22:29 PM
this will be very useful to all the farkers who have written a book and will be going on tour.
 
2013-05-11 08:31:35 PM
Lame. I can go around the world indefinitely with three sets of underwear, two shirts, two pants, and powdered laundry soap. Add sweater and hoodie for cold weather. Wash and hang clothes in hotel bathroom before bed.
 
2013-05-11 08:39:44 PM

mark12A: Lame. I can go around the world indefinitely with three sets of underwear, two shirts, two pants, and powdered laundry soap. Add sweater and hoodie for cold weather. Wash and hang clothes in hotel bathroom before bed.


Yea I tried that "wash your clothes in the hotel room" thing. Shirts, underwear and socks were fine. Wash your pants? Forget it, I'd rather find a nearby laundromat and do it in there. And it's not so bad. you meet people. In a Paris laundry someone thought I was a local and was speaking to me in French before he realized I was a tourist. Had a nice conversation (see all Frenchman aren't rude!). In Berlin the laundry I went to at Rosenthaller Platz served food and coffee. Both places it was cheap to wash the clothesand I'd rather spend the time in the laundromat than doing it in the room, and finding out the next day your clothes still haven't dried.
 
2013-05-11 08:43:16 PM
My father's best trick, for double-checking that you've packed everything.

Start at your feet and go to your head, making sure you have what you need.
Shoes
Socks
Pants...
...
...
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Razor
Comb
Hat

/thanks Dad
 
2013-05-11 08:46:10 PM
I'd rather spend the time in the laundromat than doing it in the room, and finding out the next day your clothes still haven't dried.

I do a lot of third world travel, so laundromats aren't around. That why *three* sets of underwear/socks. The washed set gets two days to dry...
 
2013-05-11 09:23:16 PM

mark12A: Lame. I can go around the world indefinitely with three sets of underwear, two shirts, two pants, and powdered laundry soap. Add sweater and hoodie for cold weather. Wash and hang clothes in hotel bathroom before bed.


I backpacked around asia for 4 months and didn't take much more than that. cargo shorts with zip off legs were the best.
 
2013-05-11 10:30:02 PM
Laundry day is also another reason to pack casual clothes: I'll be jamming all my shirts and socks into one load and all my jeans and underwear into the other. Two loads, done.

Wear lots of black and dark colors. Including black underwear

Shirts, socks, jeans, underwear, all black, toss it all in a (big) machine, done in one.

// went on a trip to st martin with a weeks worth of clothing stuffed into a carryon along with snorkeling gear and hiking shoes ... but to be fair, I only packed one pair of jeans, the rest was shorts and swim trunks.
 
2013-05-11 10:32:06 PM
mark12A: I do a lot of third world travel, so laundromats aren't around. That why *three* sets of underwear/socks.

I've found that in third world countries, underwear is cheap, so in a pinch (snicker) you could toss the old and buy new ones.
 
2013-05-11 10:36:09 PM
I don't have a lot of clothes, so I could probably pack everything I wear like he did.

/does laundry frequently
//hates clothes shopping
 
2013-05-11 10:55:12 PM
Or pack one third of what the guy in TFA does and make use of hotel laundry.  Of course do do this one has to stay in something better than a Super 8 and actually pay a few bucks for the convenience, but if you are traveling for work and meeting people looking clean should be a priority.  Of course as he mentions he is going to comic book stores, so scraping the cheeto dust off is probably going the extra mile there.
 
2013-05-11 11:48:47 PM
If you check a bag with a firearm the TSA makes sure your luggage doesn't get lost.

Even if it's just a starter pistol.
 
2013-05-12 07:37:38 AM

Farktastic: Or pack one third of what the guy in TFA does and make use of hotel laundry.  Of course do do this one has to stay in something better than a Super 8 and actually pay a few bucks for the convenience, but if you are traveling for work and meeting people looking clean should be a priority.  Of course as he mentions he is going to comic book stores, so scraping the cheeto dust off is probably going the extra mile there.


Every Super 8 I stayed in had a washing machine somewhere.
 
2013-05-12 11:37:33 AM

Gunny Walker: Farktastic: Or pack one third of what the guy in TFA does and make use of hotel laundry.  Of course do do this one has to stay in something better than a Super 8 and actually pay a few bucks for the convenience, but if you are traveling for work and meeting people looking clean should be a priority.  Of course as he mentions he is going to comic book stores, so scraping the cheeto dust off is probably going the extra mile there.

Every Super 8 I stayed in had a washing machine somewhere.


I was going to say the same and at places without guest laundry I have tipped houskeeping a bit to get them to do a load for me
 
2013-05-12 12:05:54 PM
You can put everything you need in a carry-on (unless you are female and required to dress up), but then a flight attendant will just grab it away from you and "check it for you."

As for the laundry thing...yeah, if I were running a hotel/motel rating service, the 5 stars would go to cheap, ugly places that had coin-op laundry down the hall and a dorm fridge in the room.  Fancy places where you gotta pay $10 each to get underwear washed would get the lowest rating.
 
2013-05-12 02:14:36 PM

Farktastic: Or pack one third of what the guy in TFA does and make use of hotel laundry.  Of course do do this one has to stay in something better than a Super 8 and actually pay a few bucks for the convenience, but if you are traveling for work and meeting people looking clean should be a priority.  Of course as he mentions he is going to comic book stores, so scraping the cheeto dust off is probably going the extra mile there.


He planned to do laundry at the midpoint of his trip.  One could plan for more laundry stops and pack even fewer clothes, but on a book tour it might be hard to find time for that.

Unless you're willing to spend way more money to have the hotel staff do your laundry for you...
 
2013-05-12 04:15:55 PM

anfrind: Farktastic: Or pack one third of what the guy in TFA does and make use of hotel laundry.  Of course do do this one has to stay in something better than a Super 8 and actually pay a few bucks for the convenience, but if you are traveling for work and meeting people looking clean should be a priority.  Of course as he mentions he is going to comic book stores, so scraping the cheeto dust off is probably going the extra mile there.

He planned to do laundry at the midpoint of his trip.  One could plan for more laundry stops and pack even fewer clothes, but on a book tour it might be hard to find time for that.

Unless you're willing to spend way more money to have the hotel staff do your laundry for you...


time and money
rather than spend all his time doing laundry, he scheduled a mid trip wash.
and rather than wear the same shirt every day, he packed enough to make it mid-trip without having to futz.

using the hotel laundry service only gets you so far (assuming you have money).
there is always the risk that the service will fark up and be late (just like the lost luggage)

another solution would be to have two travel bags which you check, which have some of each clothing.
the chance of the airline losing both bags is much lower. and once they do lose a bag, you have it forwarded 2-3 stops down your trip and catch up to the luggage rather than have the luggage catch up to you.

of course if you have enough money, your assistant worries about all this crap
/oh to be rich enough to have an assistant
 
2013-05-12 07:50:04 PM
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2013-05-12 07:50:39 PM
Stupid ass-blasting new HTML editor!
 
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