This Chart Tells You Exactly How Much Underwear You Should Pack

This Chart Tells You Exactly How Much Underwear You Should Pack

When you're packing for a long trip it's sometimes hard to determine how many pairs of underwear you need. This chart helps you determine the perfect amount by comparing how many pairs, how many days you're away, and how many washes will be required.

The chart, courtesy of Reed Kennedy at weblog Pack Like a Nerd, helps you find that sweet spot of perfect pair packing. The gold numbers on the chart indicate a "perfect run", or a trip that has you returning home with no extra clean underwear while doing the minimum possible washes on the trip. Be aware, that Kennedy makes two assumptions for the chart: first, that you'll be wearing underwear when you wash, and second, that you'll do the wash while wearing your last pair of undies. For more information — and a graph that shows you how many clean pairs you'll have when you return instead — check the link below.

Optimising Underwear [Pack Like a Nerd via FlowingData]


    My partner and I have just completed a 3 week driving tour in Malaysia.

    We each had 7kg of carry on luggage allowance on Scoot but we managed to use only 4kg each. Mine was mostly IT related stuff

    We each took three pairs of underpants, two shirts and two pairs of combination shorts/trousers.

    However, by washing the clothes every night we only used one set of everything.

    When we go to Europe for 4 months, early spring to early summer, so cold, wet and hot weather clothes are needed, we take about 14kg each including the weight of the suitcases on wheels.

    you can wear your jocks four times, twice back to front and twice inside out

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