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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 pack an extra underwear and extra pair of socks. That's all.
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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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    -Spring/Fall (45F-25F): at night I only change my base layer. I go from running shorts under my pants to Patagonia silkweight pants and change out my hiking shirt to a Patagonia silkweight tee. (extra weight: 9.75oz)

    -Summer (45F+): I change my hiking shirt to the sleep shirt above and from running shorts to silkweight underwear. (extra weight: 7.7oz)

    -Winter (15F-25F): I do my best not to sweat and usually do shorter days. I change my hiking shirt into a long sleeve 100 weight fleece shirt and from running shorts to the silkweight pants. (extra weight: 12.35oz)
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    I wear different clothes at night because if I got into poison ivy during the day but didn't know it, I don't want that inside my sleeping bag/hammock.

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    I put on fresh socks and some fleece pants in winter.

    In summer it might all come off to air out the stank!

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    I don't bring a change of clothes, but I do bring additional clothes depending on the weather.

    In below freezing temps, it's usually a 100 weight top and 100 weight bottom, synth pants, down jacket, wind shirt and wind pants.

    If the temps are expected to be warmer, it is any combination of the above items.

    I do keep on my clothes from the day as well (as long as they've dried from the day's hike) as the point is to stay warm.

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    I bring a light pair of gym shorts and a t-shirt to sleep in. Mine are mainly scout campouts and weekend treks. If it is lower than 30 degrees, I will bring an extra pair of wool socks. These stay in a separate bag and are just for sleeping. I really believe that wearing the days clothing to bed will make you colder. For insulation I use a Thermarest air pad under me and an open 20 degree sleeping bag as a top quilt. I have not had a case of frozen bottom in a long time.

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