“One does not need a home full of things to live. Just like ancient times, all we need is what we can carry on our backs.”-John Cain
Whenever possible or most ideal, I tend to do selective sink washing of the clothes I wore for that day sometime before bed. So, maybe just the socks, boxers, pants or a shirt then let it dry overnight.
When this isn’t feasible or I just cant be bothered to when I’m about to be on the move, I pack the dirty clothes back in their reserved pouches.
That seems normal, but I make sure they’re packed right-side out, which also seems normal.
What’s not normal is that all my other, clean clothes and underwear are packed inside out.
This is my very simple but perfectly effective way of differentiating my clean and dirty clothes – while maintaining my OCD level of neat packing.
You can do the old sniff test or take a wild guess from a close visual inspection, but this way works for me. Alternately or for the less neat-freaky packer:
Use a simple mesh bag to fill up with laundry. But avoid using plastic bags as it traps the nastiness and moisture of dirty clothes, making the worse.
Why not pack the clean clothes right-side out (like packing normally) and the dirty ones inside out?
Because unless you’re prone to getting your clothes stained on, the real filth and stank come from our bodies and onto the inside of our clothes.
So if the dirty clothes are packed with the clean clothes in this way, it will minimize the transfer of dirtiness while keeping them visually apart.
I find this especially useful with my socks and underwear, of which are packed together.
How to Live Out of a Backpack:
Pack Your Clothes Inside Out