The weather is one aspect of traveling that we can’t control. However, we can prepare for the climate of our destination with intelligent packing. But what should you do if you’re visiting a place/s that has multiple climate and weather conditions?
In this travel guide, we explore a few ways in which you can get yourself all-weather-ready for your travels.
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1. Avoid bulky fabrics and choose thin and light ones
Bulky fabrics can take up a lot of space in your bag and prevent you from carrying the items you need. When you travel through different climates, it’s essential to bring light fabrics that take up less space, dry quickly, and offer the warmth/cool you need depending on the weather. So, skip the heavy woolens and buy thin merino wool. It provides the best heating in woolen clothing. For warm climates, choose dry-fit tees. They are lighter than cotton, cool, and dry in an instant.
2. Layer your clothes
Layering is the best way to pack for your all-climate travels. When you layer your clothes, you give yourself the freedom to put on or take off whichever layers you don’t want. This allows you to customize your outfit for the weather condition at that moment. For example, let’s say you start traveling in a cold climate and move towards hotter weather. First, you can wear all your layers – thermal, t-shirt, sweater, down jacket, etc. to keep warm. Then, as you head towards the warmer climate, you can start taking off a layer until you are cool enough to handle the heat.
3. Buy summer clothes on your travel, but carry your winter gear with you
If you can’t use or don’t want to layer, you can purchase your cool weather clothes en route.
Winter clothes like thermals, sweaters, jackets, gloves, neck warmers, etc., can be expensive. If you are heading from a hot climate region towards a cold climate region, your winterwear may cost way more than usual. This is because of the lack of demand in the hot weather.
To save money and keep your bag light, consider stocking up on your winter clothes before leaving. Summer clothes such as cotton tees, dry-fits, shorts, skirts, etc., are effortless to find and very affordable. You can always buy them en route and donate them before leaving for your next destination.
4. Keep just two pairs of footwear
Don’t get too caught up with your footwear. In reality, a pair of good-quality trekking shoes will do just fine in every climate and every terrain. Apart from trekking shoes/boots, consider getting a pair of sandals or flip-flops with all your carrying clothes. That way, you can switch between these two pairs of footwear depending on where you’re going.
Just make sure you carry about four pairs of socks – two for winter and two for summer. Of course, you can always wash them and reuse them.
5. Trekking pants and dry-fit tees are climate-proof
Speaking of trekking outfits, did you know that trekking pants are an all-weather clothing item that can make your travel packing easier? Trekking pants are light, relatively water-proof, quick to dry, and compatible with sultry tropics and bitter-cold mountains. Having a few pairs of trekking pants should be enough for all-climate travel. Make sure you have a pair of tights/leggings to layer in cool climates to keep yourself warm.
Similarly, dry-fit tees also work great for cold climate regions. If you are layering, you’ll find that dry-fit tees are excellent to prevent sweat from locking in and causing cold environments (or worse, hypothermia). In addition, they help keep you cool during the day and warm at night.
6. A swimsuit, a hoodie, and a rain poncho is a must
You never know when the climate at your destination will unexpectedly change. It helps to have a swimsuit, a hoodie, and a rain poncho to keep yourself prepared to handle any inclement weather. This way, you can embrace new opportunities when you receive them and, at the same time, not allow the lousy climate to throw your plans out the window.
Speaking of rain, carry a rain-proof bag cover to keep your backpack and your belongings dry when it rains.
7. Packing cubes can reduce your burden tremendously
Packing cubes can make your life easy. You can store your summer clothing in one cube and winter clothing in another. You can keep clothes that can be worn all-weather in a third. You will be able to ensure that your clothes don’t get all mixed up. Plus, they will be easy to repack when you move to your next destination. Packing cubes also maximize space in your backpack and allow you to pack any items you purchase when traveling.
8. Buy toiletries and skincare products that suit combination skin
Don’t trouble yourself by carrying multiple toiletries and skincare products for different climates. Instead, purchase products that are meant for combination skin. Your skin’s pH levels and nutrients will certainly change depending on the climate you experience. With skincare products and toiletries for combination skin, you can ensure your skin receives the care it requires without overburdening yourself with excess luggage.
So, now that you know how to pack for all-climate travel, go ahead and put your worries at rest. Instead, enjoy your amazing upcoming tour and keep yourself unencumbered with excessive luggage.