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    Clothing change at night time

    Question .... I was taught to change my clothes at night. I was wondering how many change up and how many don't. Maybe some do some do something in between? Another reason for this was that if you needed some extra clothing for whatever reason, you could always use your night stuff. The argument against it, is that extra clothes mean extra weight. My winter night gear is 4 pounds!

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    I normally take an extra t-shirt, a pair of sweat pants, and a pair of socks for sleeping in.

    I normally try to do my personal hygiene before bed too. Going to sleep cleaner, with clean, dry clothes makes a huge difference in how warm you stay and how well you sleep.

    Going to sleep with the day's sweat on you often makes for a fitful, cold night of sleep.

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    If you're talking about backpacking (sounds like you are), when it's cold outside, I take a midweight base layer to sleep in at night and that's it other than extra socks. If it's not cold, I just sleep in what I hiked in that day unless it's wet. Embrace the funk!
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    It depends. If I'm just out for a weekend, I don't bother with a change of clothes.

    In '09 I spent 6 months hiking the AT. I kept a clean(er) set of long johns for night wear. In the cold weather it's good to have a dry set of clothes for sleeping anyway. In the summer I wore a set of super light weight silk longs at night. They served to help keep the bag clean, as well as prevent that sticky feeling of skin on nylon.

    I was shocked at how many of the younger thru hikers would crawl into their sleeping bag with mud-caked legs and filthy hiking shorts on. I don't want to imagine what their sleeping bag smelled like after 6 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by affreeman View Post
    It depends. If I'm just out for a weekend, I don't bother with a change of clothes.
    This is pretty much how I handle things as well in good weather. But, when I hike on the ends of weather (hot/cold) I am near religious about bringing PJs. I agree that being clean(ish) when going to sleep helps provide a better night's rest. I just tend to be more comfortable when clean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by affreeman View Post
    In '09 I spent 6 months hiking the AT.
    Allen, I followed your blog on that hike. It was one of the main reasons I decided on hitting the trail again and utilizing a hammock. Thanks. As I recall, you missed a short section. Did you ever go back and complete?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmicmiami View Post
    Allen, I followed your blog on that hike. It was one of the main reasons I decided on hitting the trail again and utilizing a hammock. Thanks. As I recall, you missed a short section. Did you ever go back and complete?
    There are 15 miles in NH I missed, and I haven't been back to hike them yet. It is a logistically awkward little chunk, but I'll get back to hike them someday.
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    In bear country I always bring sleep clothes. However, lately I haven't been hiking/camping in bear country. I tend to just change socks before bed then fall asleep in what I'm wearing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nothermark View Post
    Gotta wonder about bears. Those of us who camp in bear country get saturated with the idea of changing. It seems there is a large cadre of folks who either do not have the problem or do not believe they do. I don't mind the weight of a set of long underwear to sleep in to avoid a bear sniffing too close. ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr View Post
    In bear country I always bring sleep clothes. However, lately I haven't been hiking/camping in bear country. I tend to just change socks before bed then fall asleep in what I'm wearing.
    I've never had a bear come into my camp that I could tell. I've just recently started using sleep clothes. Is it a common problem for bears to come sniff your funk?
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