No Luggage: How Are The Clothes Holding Up?

No Luggage: How Are The Clothes Holding Up?

The BlackBerry has come through with flying colours. But there’s another component of No Luggage Week: the clothing. After a week, how are the non-crush suit and the quick-dry lower layers coping?The Van Heusen Performa suit has held up very well. I’ve been wearing it all day every day, and it still looks virtually the same as it did when I first put it in, smooth and unwrinkled. For travellers who need to wear a suit for work purposes, it comes highly recommended.

Wearing a suit can have unexpected impacts if it's not your regular habit. At airports and in the CBD of major cities, suits are commonplace. But when roaming through Bendigo at midday or Newcastle at 4am, they tend to make you stick out a little.

Suits also impart an air of seniority. On three separate occasions on Tuesday, I got asked if I was entitled to a concession when buying a ticket. This was not flattering.

The quick-dry gear lived up to its name. On Thursday night in Adelaide, I finally tested out a suggestion that popped up frequently in the comments and on Twitter -- rolling the newly-wrung garments in a towel and twisting that to extract more water. It worked a treat, and my garments were wearably dry even before I went to sleep. Definitely a technique I'll use again in the future.

My one disappointment? The Kathmandu socks have already developed a hole in the heel. That means they haven't lasted even five days - a poor outcome for the most expensive socks I've ever owned.

Tomorrow I fly back from Perth to Sydney, and return home to a wardrobe with more than one outfit in it. Tune in Monday for a summary of what I've learned, and how you can apply it to your own future travel plans.

For the No Luggage experiment, Angus Kidman is doing his normal job while travelling Australia for a week with not much more than a BlackBerry. By the time he is old enough for a pension, pensions will no longer exist.


  • Next time you go to buy from an adventure store, give Kathmandu a miss. They quality is considerably less then brand stores out there…yet their prices are on par. They do a good job of marketing themselves as the store to go to, but look around, you will be surprised what brand name products costs compared to Kathmandu’s own brand. I have see friends learn this the hard way with bags and jumpers only lasting one trip.

    • That’s why they earn the nickname Krapmandu. Though some of their (non-mission-critical) gadgets and gear are reasonable if caught on sale (protip: never buy anything at full price from Krapmandu – it will be on ‘sale’ at half-price within a month. In fact, this is starting to be a common business model for outdoor stores now).

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