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Help on how to carry business casual clothes in a backpack

Discussion in 'Where, When, & How Do We Carry All This Stuff?' started by Rossko, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. Rossko

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    Hi all,

    I've recently been walking to work to get a change of scenery and fit a little bit more exercise in the day. The problem I'm having is getting my clothes to make it safely work. I would walk to work in what I wear all day, which is dress pants and a dress shirt, but with the rainy weather, I fear they wouldn't make it. I've got a couple of shirts and one pair of pants that I can fold up and put in a backpack that make it there without coming out all wrinkled. But this results in me only being able to walk a couple of days of the week. Does anyone have any advice on how to pull this off with the rest of my business casual clothing? I use a Level 3 Assault backpack shown here http://www.cheaperthandirt.net/PACK121-1.html
     
  2. Gorbag

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    Maybe a vacuum storage bag? Possibly you might want to include a cut piece of cardboard or the like in the bag as a stiffener. Depends on how much effort you want to put in each night getting ready for the next day, I would think.
     
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    Oh, I forgot about those! I have one somewhere from when I had to wear dress clothes to work. They work well. Good call, Doc. :)
     
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    I also agree that these are great for keeping business clothes compact and relatively wrinkle-free.

    Another alternative depends on your situation at work -- if you have an office or locker at work, you can drop off your business clothes at work when you drive into work at the beginning of the week, walk to/from work during the week, and then pack them home at the end of the week. I have several friends that cycle to work and they do this routinely.
     
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    Thanks for the ideas guys. I was afraid of having to bring in extra clothes on Monday as that requires a little bit extra planning aside from having to lug around clothes on a hanger, but that idea did cross my mind. I like the pack it folder is more what I'm looking for. I don't mind if they don't come out perfect, I don't iron my clothes anyways. But as long as it doesn't look like it was shoved into a backpack. I'm going to take some measurements on my bagspace when I get home to see if it would fit. I also love the One Night Stand idea, although more for weekend trips rather than this idea.
     
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    Eagle Creek is good, but by default leave an extra set of clothes at work nicely folded, rotate the clothes once a month or when you do drive in due to weather. I keep mine in 2 vertical folders, 2 inch capcity, in plastic bags in the back of one of my file cabinet drawers.
     
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    I've had pretty good luck folding my clothes and the rolling them up.....if neatly rolled, they seem to stay somewhat wrinkle-free.

    The idea to stage a few clean outfits at work is a good one. I do this at the club where I play golf.....if I'm smelling funky after a round it' nice to have a shower and put on a change of clothes.

    Nate
     
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    I use the rolling technique as well, works like a charm with my no wrinkle Van Heusen work shirts.
     
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    i have the duluth overnight roll up bag... it's awesome for shirts. Only problem i run into is that my trousers/slacks are too long for the bag. I'm 5'11" and wear a 32 inseam... bag must be like 30 inches long or something, have to fold or roll the legs. but aside from that, does a great job of keeping clothes looking good. the side shoe bag and toiletries kit are nice, too.
     
  14. Rossko

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    I've been using the folding method linked by 1holegrouper. Thanks for that link. It's a bit different with dress shirts as I have to fold them around the collar and I certainly don't fold them as much as the guy suggests. But I do take a large ziplock back and use that to keep it in place, making sure all the air is out of the bag before sealing it. The L3 assault backpack I use (linked in my original post) is much more of a 'flat stuff' kind of backpack so this method works perfect for me when I keep it nice and flat in the bag. I think I'd invest in the overnight bag if I foresee myself needing something better, but for the time, this is working. My clothes come out a bit wrinkled where I folded them (I am by no means an expert at folding, but I will get better with time), but I always buy no-iron shirts, so by the time anyone else rolls into the office I'm looking like I would on any other day.