I’ve been variably using this ultralight clothing packing minimalist hack for as long as I’ve been vagabonding and it’s served me well.

“Modern vagabonding is like a professional trade that requires a specific system of equipment for the nomadic lifestyle of indefinite world travel. As such, there are tools for the trade and ways to carry them.” – JOHN V CAIN

The ‘Rule of 3’ Vagabond Packing Hack is a simple method of travel packing of clothing for a minimum of 3 days to as long as 3 months. But if you can pack for 3 months, then you’re essentially packing for an indefinite amount of time.
So to be clear, with 3 days worth of clothing, you can in many cases, use that for 3 months and beyond.

It’s not called the ‘Rule of 3’ because of that, but because of the amount of clothing that’s supposed to be packed. And that is 3 pieces / sets of all apparel and underwear.

For example, my clothing packing list follows this strictly: 3 t-shirts, 3 long sleeve tops, 3 pairs of socks, 3 pairs of briefs and 3 pairs of pants (1 being shorts).


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