Packing is challenging enough for any trip. Now that airlines are charging for each peice of luggage it kind of sucks having to pay that extra $25 US each way. The only way to get away from those fees is to pack carry on only. That $50 US is enough to pay for an epic tour somewhere or even a hostel stay for a couple nights! Packing for warm weather trips is easy enough, the clothes are smaller and, lighter. The challenge really is packing for winter with just a carry on. One great thing to help with this is packing cubes, they help keep everything organised.
Since I love travelling in off season (you can see why here) the weather isn’t always perfect, it is usually autumn or spring and a little chilly for an island girl, so I figured I’d write down my cold weather packing list.
I have just finished packing up my 36 L Osprey backpack for a 2 week trip to Iceland with one day in London. We needed to be warm and waterproof. So basically I packed the same stuff I took to New Zealand and realised this is pretty much a standard cold weather packing list.
Cold Weather Packing List (Carry On only!)
- Hiking boots ( I love these Columbia Newton Ridges) or converse (depending on trip type)
- Flip flops (hostel showers or campsites)
- Socks (usually about 7 pairs and one awesome thick wooly pair)
- Fleece lined leggings like these (2 pairs travelled in the 3rd pair)
- Tights (under leggings as base layer)
- Camisole (base layer)
- Sweat wicking long sleeve top (base layer)
- T shirts (enough for a week, 5 long sleeves and 2 tees)
- Pajama pants and top
- 2 Sweaters
- 1 Columbia Mighty Lite Jacket (lightweight, compressible. This jacket kept me so warm even just wearing a long sleeve shirt under it)
- 1 Columbia Arcadia rain jacket (Packable and bright for rainy days)
- 1 Columbia Storm Surge Rain Pants
- 1 bright beanie, gloves, scarf
- 1 Turkish towel (compact, absorbant, great for hostels as privacy screen on beds)
- Nikon D3300, zoom lens and filters
- Tripod this was so small compact and worked really well! Especially for $20!
- Selfie stick
- GoPro with extra batteries and cables
- Ipod shuffle and Bose headphones
- Cell phone and charger
I normally pack stuff like my Mighty lite jacket, scarf, gloves and beanie into another very small carry on bag so they are easily accessible when I land so I do not need to dig through my big pack for warm gear. Also, I normally keep passport and pen within close reach.
Usually with this amount of stuff my pack weighs just under 20lbs, which means I can easily lift it and place it in the overheard bins without almost knocking anyone out. At that weight it is also to explore a city with it on my back without feeling too weighed down and exhausted which is great.