Hi Frugalistas! I’m off to Europe this week and have some unique packing problems to overcome – I’m going to three distinct climates (around Paris), in the foothills of the Alps (Alsace) and Istanbul. Looking at the 10 day weather forecasts, the weather in all three destinations is also all over the place! My packing solution needs to not only meet the needs of three distinct geographic regions, it also needs to cope with true trans seasonal weather!
This sort of itinerary and weather quandary is tiger country for the one bag traveller (‘just in case’ becomes a serious temptation!) So, this is what I’ve come up with as an ultralight trans seasonal packing solution.
Trans seasonal packing list bottoms
I’m going with 4 bottoms. Two skirts, and two pairs of pants. One of the pairs of pants are plain black, but I’m also taking a pair of black velvet jeans, that can be dressed up or down according to the occasion, and are lighter and take up less space than denim (regular readers will know I never take traditional denim for weight and space reasons.) I’ve got a classic black pencil skirt that goes with everything, then a patterned pencil skirt that not only matches all my tops, but is also stretchy – so great for when comfort is key!
Trans seasonal packing list tops
Regular readers will know I tend to go with cashmere because of its lightness and warmth. This time I’m mixing it up because of the weather. I’ll still be going with cashmere – a classic black jumper/sweater, and a blue cardigan (that matches with the patterned skirt). Instead of a third cashmere I’m taking a light wool cardigan (in purple to match my skirt). I can wear this when it’s not so cold, but can also use it for extra layers with my black jumper if need be. In addition, I’ve packed a little black jacket that I can multiple ways – on days when it’s too warm for my coat, as an extra layer when it’s cold, and in the evening for going out with some smart jewelery.
Trans seasonal packing list layering
For smart trans seasonal layering I’ve chosen to pack 3 long sleeved tees. Classic black and white, but then one in blue that matches my patterned skirt, and both my cardigans. By having all my tops and bottoms match each other I’ve got multiple different outfits, with the minimal number of pieces.
My usual packing staples
As always, I’m taking a thermal top for days when I need extra warmth without the bulk. I’m also taking my trench coat (although I may not need it every day), some scarves, warm gloves and wooly hat (in case it gets seriously cold). I normally ‘pack’ my hat and gloves in my trench coat pockets, so I’ve always got them on hand. Add in some costume jewellery to change up outfits and go from day to night and I’m good to go.
Regular readers will note I’m not packing a dress this time – with the unpredictability of the weather I’ve decided to give it a miss, and just make sure everything I’m packing goes with everything else, so I’ve got plenty of outfits I can make with just a group of separates.
Just two pairs of course. I’m retiring my old ankle boots, and have upgraded to a smart pair that can also be worn with my skirts for maximum versatility. Then a pair of flats that also go with everything else.
Add in 3 sets of underwear, two pairs of tights, and two pairs of socks (one thin, one pair in cashmere), my reading matter, toilet bag, electronics etc, and I’m good to go!
Men can easily adjust this packing list by swapping the long sleeved tees for long sleeved casual shirts/long sleeved men’s tees, or even light cotton rugby style jerseys.
How do you pack trans seasonally? What tips do you have for packing for very different destinations?