Believe it or not, this is my favorite article of clothing.
It’s a pair of Calvin Klein pants I got about 10 years ago for five bucks at Ross. Best fi-dollas ever spent. Depending on your perspective, they either always look dirty or always look clean. They have been on every trip.
The huge side pockets are great for the camera, passports, iteneraries. Not very jetset, but that’s part of the reason too. I’ve never been pickpocketed. I have on occassion sewn one pocket shut if we’re hanging in a risky area like a crowded rock festival where the ATM machines have run out of cash.
The drawstring waist means they always fit. Too much baguette and creme brulee? No worries. Too much castle step-climbing and not enough duty-free Toblerone? Same deal. The drawstring is so torn up I’ve had to tie knots in them to keep from losing the ends. Both sides.
They’re perfect for sleeping on night trains. I can sleepwalk during the night (I do that) but best of all, I’m already dressed on arrival. That’s how these pants got the nickname, “filthy train pants.”