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Travel Pants: Girding the Loins

June 14th, 2011 by Fitz, Travel Gear & Tips, 2 Comments

travel pants and underwear

Up next in my gear rundown is that bare minimum of civilized folk everywhere: pants. My pants packing list includes:

  • 1 pair jeans
  • 1 pair cargo shorts
  • 1 pair of convertible pants
  • 2 belts
  • 2 pair of underwear
  • 1 pair of rain pants
  • 1 pair of thermal underwear

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Travel underwear

I’m only taking two pair of underwear, both from ExOfficio. These are great quick-drying garments that I can wash each night and wear in the morning. The briefs are good for workouts and more strenuous activities and the boxers nice for lounging or, in a pinch, swim trunks.

Thermal & Rain Pants

Thermal underwear for travel

Rain pants for travel

When the weather gets bad these two items are indispensable. I find if I can keep my lower body warm and dry I can endure even really, really cold temperatures. The thermals keep you warm and the rain pants keep you dry. In combination they work almost like snowmobile pants. Highly recommended.


There’s nothing terribly remarkable about the pants themselves but I made sure they’re all roughly the same color and thus interchangeable. The convertible pants can serve as either pants or shorts and because they’re quick-drying nylon I can use them for swim trunks.


travel belts

belt buckle knife

I’m taking two belts. One nice leather one with a very cool buckle-knife and a colorful nylon one. The nylon one is good for keeping my convertible pants up in the pool and any place my buckle-knife one might cause trouble (airplanes). The buckle-knife is made by BuckleHead and they make them in a variety of designs. I like the basic plain one. It’s a very useful tool because it’s always within reach and can be opened with one hand.

2 Responses to “Travel Pants: Girding the Loins”

  1. Rob Gutro says:

    Sounds like you really did your homework about what clothing works best outside. Thanks for the tips! I like the cargo shorts and the blue underwear. :)

    • Fitz says:

      Hey Rob. Glad you like the post. Yes, the blue underwear are very functional AND could be used as part of a crime fighting costume should the need ever arise. :)

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