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Hey experienced backpackers - blue jeans - yes or no?

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1. Posted by jesshua (Budding Member 10 posts) 6y

I'm going to be backpacking europe from April 30 till June 28. This is my first time traveling!!!

I'm bringing very little clothing with me so I've been picking lightweight, fast drying and durable clothing for my trip... I'm torn over whether I should bring a pair of jeans or not. I've read that I should ditch the jeans because during the summer they are too hot, and take too long to dry. Good points.... but I've never gone on any type of trip without a pair of jeans, and I always find them the easiest to wear when I'm camping over a weekend.

Since I'm not quite sure what to expect on my first trip, I was wondering if any experienced travelers can weigh in on the pros & cons of bringing jeans...

Would you leave home without them? Or would you consider them the most versatile pants for 2 months of travel?

2. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 6y

Hey hey, wouldnt consider myself an experienced backpacker (yet), but i always do carry a pair with me. True they are bulky and almost impossible to dry, but they're also hardy and durable, and makes you blend in with the crowd more - universal fashion choice this one. Almost everyone wears jeans everywhere.

Another thing is that they're a nice alternative from the quick dry stuff - i use my quick dry stuff for outdoor activities but use jeans for exploring the town or taking the bus, or just to change into for a night on the town.

3. Posted by jesshua (Budding Member 10 posts) 6y

...a universal fashion choice, indeed! Blending into the crowd is important to me so that is definitely a good point. I'm starting to think jeans would also make me feel comfortable since I'm use to wearing them everyday at home. I think wearing quick dry cargo pants all the time might drive me insane if I just wanna walk around the city or go to a restaurant...
I think the bulkiness of them might be the only downfall, but its probably worth the hassle.
Thanks for your input!!!!! :)

4. Posted by Magnus J (Budding Member 20 posts) 6y

Is it really such a pain to carry around jeans? I'm setting off for Australia in August, and I'm a bit torn as to whether I should bring jeans or not, cause I love jeans (I don't wear anything else) and I'd like to bring maybe 2-3 pairs. Please give me advice, I'm an inexperienced traveller

5. Posted by mouldyking (Budding Member 24 posts) 6y

I never thought this could be a probem. But I am a first time traveler traveling to australia. I live in jeans and never wear anything else. So what does everyone else bring

6. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 623 posts) 6y

Clown Pants!

The most experienced backpacker always wears clown pants-especially in Oz.

7. Posted by Jacaranda (Budding Member 61 posts) 6y

Really you only need one pair of pants particuallry in hot climates in Australia you could get away with a pair of jeans and a couple of pairs of shorts. This coming from the bloke that took one pairs of board shorts and my favorite and only pair of ripped, torn a highly useless for cold climate jeans to the U.K mid-winter.

As for cold climates just wear your thermal leggins and a pair of pants over the top and your soughted. If you do a lot of hiking, which i like to think i do, there are some pretty comfortable alternatives to jeans on the market designed for that soughta thing.

Comfort is the key wear what your comforatable in. And the warm it is the less you need, I'd like to see a nudeist suit case in Cost Rica. Realise that in the end you'll wind up wearing one or two things on a regular basis and the rest becomes dead wait. We all like to think we're going to dine in the finest reasturants in France and get a sugar mumma or daddy, wear a tailored suit or diamond incrusted gown. Not going to happen to the average traveller besides you can get a fake from the charity shop down the road.

so get that bag packed and get going.

8. Posted by Red_Dragon (Budding Member 22 posts) 6y

It depends what kind of backpacking you are talking about. For the past six years of my life I have been involved with the Red Wing Environmental Learning Center (ELC)(it's kinda like the boy scouts on crack) and they strongly recommend against bringing blue jeans for two reasons:
1)we carry everything on our backs, and the bulk and weight of blue jeans severely limit what can be brought with, and
2)it is a pain in the a** to dry them once they have gotten wet

9. Posted by jesshua (Budding Member 10 posts) 6y

Thanks for the replies, everyone.
I've decided that I'm going to bring a pair of jeans.... but just one. They're so durable and practical that I don't think I can live without them. But I'm only bringing them because I'm not doing as many hikes as originally planned. I was hoping to do quite a few day hikes while I'm in Europe, but without a car I'll probably do one or two... So that means I'll be wandering around many different cities and jeans won't be a hassle.
Plus, I've gone a month without washing a pair of jeans before....haha........ if the bulkiness and long drying time is the only downfall, then I think I'll be okay.

I guess this was kind of a stupid post but when I read the tip that I shouldn't bring them, I thought "WHAT???? WHY????" I wanted to see everyone else's take on it.... so THANK YOU!!!

10. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 6y

Yeah I always travel with a pair of jeans.....they're usually the one pair of full-length pants I do travel with ;)