Packing tips for any type of weather

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When you travel as much as we do, you end up experiencing all kinds of weather conditions. You soon learn that you really do have to be ready for everything, which is not that easy. After all, you only have a limited amount of space to work with. However, provided you are organised and know what items are essential and which ones you should leave at home you can fit everything you need in.

The right underwear

You need to start with a good base layer. If you are planning to be away for a while in a variable climate it is always worth packing a set of thermal undies. They are extremely lightweight and do not take up a lot of space.

Enough high-quality socks

Good socks are also essential. As you can see here, you do no longer need to pay a fortune to get your hands on high-quality socks. Never travel with less than three pairs. There really is nothing worse than having wet feet. That way you have a pair to wear and a set to change in to. The third pair can be dirty or drying. Pop your socks into your trainers or walking shoes when you pack to save space.

Dress in layers

The trick to staying warm is not thick woolly clothing, it is dressing in layers. Choose high-quality but lightweight clothing items that are made from tightly woven fabrics. These will prove to be durable and be good at keeping the wind out.

When you opt for lightweight clothes you can potentially fit more items in. This has the advantage of giving you more outfit choices.

A good jacket

You need a good quality jacket that is made from a fabric that is wind, as well as, shower proof. Ideally, it should have several pockets, including an inside one that can be zipped up. This is ideal for keeping valuable items like your passport, cash, tickets and phone safe when travelling.

Ideally, it should have a hood. That way, if the heaven´s suddenly open, you will be able to keep your hair dry.

A hat and scarf

It is also worth packing a lightweight woolly hat, and a pair of thermal under gloves, which are extremely thin. They can easily be tucked into a corner of your bag. Packing a shawl style scarf, or sarong is also a good idea. You can use it on hot days for the beach to cover up areas that have got too much sun, but on cold days wear it as a scarf.

The right footwear

Make sure that you pack at least one pair of closed in shoes. Walking boots or good-quality trainers are ideal. They are comfortable and provide good support for your feet. If they are not already waterproofed consider buying a spray to make them water resistant. This video shows you how to do it.

Use packing cubes

When travelling, use a packing cube to keep all of your wet weather clothes in one place. That way if it suddenly starts to rain everything you need to stay warm and dry will be to hand.


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