An Inadvertent 30x30

My family and I went camping from Memorial Day to July 4th.  (34 days, and no, not "real" camping - we stayed in our camper, which has electricity and a flushable toilet, with a bath house nearby for water.  We also used the camp kitchen).  We had a great time, learned some lessons, and sorely missed the internet.

Upon returning, I checked in here, and noticed all the talk about 30x30.  It made me decide to count.  I had taken (and worn) 32 pieces for the 5 weeks.  Granted, I had only two lifestyle needs to cover: getting dirty playing in nature, and seeing-people casual.  (There was one wedding, but it was also casual).  The weather varied from in the 40s F to in the 90s F.

I didn't get much for outfit pictures, but did have some thoughts on the experiment.

  • 30 pieces was close to enough.  With less variance in the weather and a more casual than "grubby" lifestyle, I think I would have loved it.
  • I will no longer wear seven pieces
  • Nine pieces were only worn once
  • My clothes included:
    • 2 blouses
    • 4 shirts
    • 1 dress
    • 10 tee shirts and 1 jersey tank (that's a bit dressier than a tee)
    • 1 sweatshirt, 2 sweaters and a jacket
    • 4 pairs of shorts
    • 2 cropped jeans (one flares and one jeggins)
    • 3 skirts
    • 1 pair jean culottes
  • I didn't count one scarf and two pairs shoes.  If I had, it would be 35x34, I guess.
  • I also took along a few things I didn't wear (black shorts and black crops)
  • My ratio is about twice as many tops as bottoms.  I think this is a good ratio for me.
When we returned home, I gasped in delight when I caught site of my shoe rack.  Endless options!  (But in real life, I've continued wearing the two pair I wore camping).

Now that I'm recovering and returning to a more normal-for-me lifestyle, I want to try it again.  I have picked out my favorites from last month and started.  But I still haven't taken outfit photos.  I'll have to work my way back into that.

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7 Comments

  • Sterling replied 4 months ago

    YAY for you.  Truthfully, pictures are important only if they serve a purpose for you.

  • Joy replied 4 months ago

    What a wonderful way to do a challenge. What pieces do you still want to include and wear? It sounds like you learned lots.

  • amiable replied 4 months ago

    Thanks Joy and Sterling.

    I'm realizing that I prefer slightly less 'grubby' and more in the 'casual' category. I want to keep both blouses and at least three of the shirts, but only because be or two of the tees.

    Skirts weren't as comfortable for an active lifestyle as I wished, because my thighs rub if I don't wear shorts under them, which mitigates their coolness in warm weather. The shorts and cropped pants would all stay if I hadn't ruined some of them.

  • Emily K replied 4 months ago

    So, that's a new parameter I hadn't considered...clothing that does not survive the 30 days.  I completely understand, though, that camping and outdoor activities could take a toll on a wardrobe.

  • Aquamarine replied 4 months ago

    I can't get past that you spent 34 days in a camper with kids :-0

  • Beth Ann replied 4 months ago

    Sounds like a great trip (even with the grubby bits)!  

    Camping capsules are tricky, for sure, and it sounds like you learned a lot about what works.  I swear by my Croc flats (fully enclosed) as camp shoes.  They keep the dirt off my feet better than flip flops, handle rain, and can work as a shower shoe.

  • amiable replied 4 months ago

    Crocs shoes would have been a lifesaver!  I'm adding them to my list for next summer.  I never realized how dirty my feet could get until I walked dirt paths all day long in birks....

    And yeah, a month with five kids in a camper....  We have made some memories, for sure.

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