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Myanmar (Burma), Travel

My wear-once-and-leave disposable Myanmar wardrobe

I written before about why I don’t travel light to a developing country and Burma is a great example.  You can read my original post about this here.

The people are not wealthy and although I’ve not been there before, I’m pretty sure if its like other poorer countries I’ve visited, gently used clothing will be gratefully received – and a new owner found very quickly.

With this in mind, with it being “fair season” here in New Zealand, over the last few weeks I have picked up a few bags of clothing from fairs that will be great to wear-once-and-leave.  Total investment $0 as a number of the garments I have already put into regular wardrobe (I am wearing a new-to-me sweater and pants right now 😉 ).

Now this obviously isn’t a method that will work for everyone.  But even if you do not have access to cheaply priced clothing, I’m sure for most people there are many garments in their wardrobe that are no longer needed and could be recycled on a holiday.  I’m also lucky that I’m an average size so I am spoilt for choice with items that fit me when looking for budget clothing.

With this in mind, while obtaining clothing for $2 a bag at a couple of fairs, I grabbed all the t-shirts I could find that looked like they would fit.  I also got nightwear, a dress that will work as a nightshirt, a khaki hat, yellow lightweight scarf and a teal skirt.   There were some garments when I got them home that I found simply didn’t fit, a pair of pants that looked awful, a couple of t-shirts that were a little too see-through and so on.  These will go straight back into the charity bin for another go-round.  But for the most part I now hope to return home with a nearly empty bag and have whole lot of wear-once-and-leave garments for my trip.

Below in the photos are examples of my mix-n-match wear-once-and-leave wardrobe.  I’ll most likely take a few more t-shirts that I’ve already pulled out of my work wardrobe (my office attire is tidy-casual) to make the number of day wear tops up to fourteen.  Now I just know my Mum is going to complain about how creased these items are in the photos, I can hear her now… but lets face it, I’m going to wear them creases and all, so you will all just have to deal with it 😉

I’m not sure if I will wear the teal skirt too often, it has no pockets so will most likely wear on travel days when I have a backpack with me, but the tops I’ve matched with it in the photo will easily match with the other pants or the pink skirt shown.

Although this looks like a lot of clothes, it will all fit into a small suitcase along with basic toiletries, a change of shoes, underwear (including some throw away) & nightwear, which will also be left during the trip, and a rain jacket.

Wear-once-and-leave Grey t-shirt to go with staples already in my travel wardrobe - a light weight pink scarf, hat and cargo pants. The scarf was supposed to be a leave behind one for Laos but it was so handy its come back for another trip.

Wear-once-and-leave grey t-shirt to go with staples already in my travel wardrobe – a light weight pink scarf, hat and cargo pants. The scarf was supposed to be a leave behind one for Laos but it was so handy its come back for another trip.

Same pants as above with the pink scarf and a wear-once-and-leave cream t-shirt.

Same pants as above with the pink scarf and a wear-once-and-leave cream t-shirt.

Wear-once-and-leave blue t-shirt with another pair of my own cargo pants.  The hat is possibly wear-once-and-leave but undecided at this point.

Wear-once-and-leave blue t-shirt with another pair of my own cargo pants. The hat will possibly be left behind, but I am undecided at this point.

Another wear-once-and-leave blue t-shirt with the same pants, hat and scarf from above.

Another wear-once-and-leave blue t-shirt with the same pants, hat and scarf from above.

The pink skirt seems to go on just about every trip with me.  I also have the same on in grey.  But strangely enough, the pink seems to go with everything.  This time matching it with a wear-once-and-leave patterned t-shirt.  This one has a bleach stain on it but its not really too noticeable due to the pattern.  Matches great with the pink scarf and khaki hat again.

The pink skirt seems to go on just about every trip with me. I also have the same one in grey. But strangely enough, the pink seems to go with everything. This time matching it with a wear-once-and-leave patterned t-shirt. This one has a bleach stain on it but its not really too noticeable due to the pattern. Matches great with the pink scarf and khaki hat again.

3/4 sleeve blue wear-once-and-leave t-shirt with the skirt and hat from above.

3/4 sleeve blue wear-once-and-leave t-shirt with the skirt and hat from above.

Khaki wear-once-and-leave t-shirt with the khaki cap and pink scarf and skirt.

Khaki wear-once-and-leave t-shirt with the khaki cap and pink scarf and skirt.

Wear-once-and-leave white t-shirt with leave behind teal skirt and yellow light weight scarf - at this stage, not sure if this also will be left behind.

Wear-once-and-leave white t-shirt with leave behind teal skirt and yellow light weight scarf – at this stage, not sure if this also will be left behind.

Beige wear-once-and-leave t-shirt with the teal skirt from above and the pink scarf again.

Beige wear-once-and-leave t-shirt with the teal skirt from above and the pink scarf again.

Patterned wear-once-and-leave t-shirt again with the teal skirt.

Patterned wear-once-and-leave t-shirt again with the teal skirt.

Grey jeans which I most likely will use for the long flights matched with a wear-once-and-leave patterned tunic - most likely will wear this in the evening for dinner

Grey jeans which I most likely will use for the long flight, matched with a wear-once-and-leave patterned tunic – most likely will wear this in the evening for dinner as a mosquito deterrent 

Black merino top, goes nicely with a wear-once-and-leave red vest top and the jeans as above.  Again another evening outfit.

Black merino top, goes nicely with a wear-once-and-leave red vest top and the jeans as above. Again another evening outfit.

Wear-once-and-leave butterfly top - another evening outfit with the black merino and jeans.

Wear-once-and-leave (weird) butterfly top – another evening outfit with the black merino and jeans.

 

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About The Sock Mistress

Slight fixation with socks. At last count, I had enough pairs of socks to last 14 weeks without having repeat a pair. IT geek by profession. Disney nut. 3rd world loan shark (http://Kiva.org ). Finds humour in the inappropriate. Holiday planner extraordinaire. Mum to doglets. Crazy Dachshund lady.

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11 thoughts on “My wear-once-and-leave disposable Myanmar wardrobe

  1. Great idea …next trip !can I just say brill blog .

    Posted by Dave johnson | November 18, 2014, 10:40 pm
  2. I think it’s great what you do matching up all those items and they all look great. When I think of how much stuff I cart around with me on cruises. Have never got the hang of packing light, although I am getting better.

    Posted by Sarah Whittam-Howsam | November 18, 2014, 10:57 pm
    • I do the same for cruises. Often taking awful clothing and literally throwing it in the bin at the end – I usually take my worst clothing, shoes with holes in, mismatched socks, throwaway nightwear. Or find which port has a charity store like Red Cross or Salvation Army and leave clothing there. That way I have room for any shopping.

      Posted by The Sock Mistress | November 19, 2014, 6:34 am
  3. I love this idea. I’m usually leaving a few items regardless… and am thinking about how much lighter my bad would be on the way home!

    Posted by Quan | December 8, 2014, 4:24 am
  4. Great idea, but do you ever get chased out the hotel by staff trying to give you the clothes you’ve ‘forgotten’? This has happened to me a few times!

    Posted by Melodyssey | December 11, 2014, 5:09 pm
    • No – I neatly fold them and leave them on top of the rubbish bin so its obvious they are not wanted. If its a country where they speak English, we sometimes leave a note saying “these items are not wanted, please give them to someone that could use them”.

      Posted by The Sock Mistress | December 11, 2014, 5:27 pm

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