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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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
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.
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.