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Syntetic vs Smart Wool Frugal Travel Clothing for Around the World

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Hi I am a 31 year old slim guy who is backpacking and doing a around the world trip (hot humid Thailand to cold snowy Switzerland).

I have looked into mart wool but it seems very expensive, if I purchased a few items it would be several hundred dollars. While Synthetic are cheaper I have have read complaints about stink, has this been fixed with treatments?
Like aegis, etc and do they work? What about bamboo?

I need thermal underwear, tshirts, long sleeves shirts, and polo shirts. What ways would you suggest to have the benefits of wicking, no wrinkle, don't need to wash for days, antibacterial, fast drying, keeping you cool, and not look out of place in other cultures yet able to afford these items on a budget.

I tried ebay and couldn't find many items used, target's items seemed like they lacked antibacterial treatment. Exofficio, Icebreaker, Ibex, Columbia, Mountain Hardware, etc... seems way to overpriced, rei has some stuff but it tends to be expensive.

Any generic brands?

For places like Europe, Asia, etc what do you think about wearing golf polos as they tend to wick moisture, are more dressy than a tee.

How about Pants that don't look shinny / athletic and out of place yet have all these benefits?

Any tips or hints would be much appreciated!

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