Nowadays with all of the baggage fees, coupled with the waste of time waiting at the baggage carrousel after getting off of a flight, many people are picking up on the art of just being #TeamCarryon. This saves time and money. Everyone knows that one of the limitations to only packing a carry on is that you must mind the liquids you pack. That's an easy speed bump to get over. Many also have various tricks on how to maximize the amount of clothes they can fit into carry ons, however, with bulky jeans, boots and sweaters taking up so much room in your bag, it can be tricky packing light for a cold-weather vacation. Let's review a couple tips on how to retain your #TeamCarryon membership when traveling to a cold climate.
1. Pack Base Layers
To eliminate the bulk of excess sweaters and coats, invest in a good base layer, such as a thermal shirt or anything form-fitting that you can put under your outer layer. You can wear these under other long sleeve shirts, or even under t-shirts, and they will keep you just as warm as if you were wearing that overly thick sweater you picked up at H&M. Besides, it'll make you look thinner if you ditch the sweaters and thick coats.
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2. Wear your Bulkiest Items on the Flight
No, I am not suggesting wearing three coats, two pairs of jeans, and four pairs of sucks. You're not Randy from A Christmas Story! Simply wear your biggest coat, a pair of jeans, and your largest pair of shoes or boots. This will save a lot of space in your carry on.
3. Accessories in your Coat
While we are speaking about coats...So yeah...those hats, scarves, gloves and other accessories - stuff them in the coat you are wearing to the airport. Don't waste space in your bag with those.
4. Packing Cubes
As mentioned in the 6 Amazon Essentials for Every Frequent Traveler post, packing cubes are a good investment. You can seriously maximize the space you have in a carry on bag, and it helps you stay organized.
5. Limit your Shoes
You seriously don't need more than two maaaybe three pairs of shoes, and that includes the pair you are wearing to the airport. Choose a couple pairs of neutral-colored, versatile shoes that will go with every outfit, and keep it moving. Don't waste space trying to match a pair of shoes with each planned outfit. It'll most likely be so cold no one is paying attention to your shoes, anyway.
6. Don't be Afraid to Wear Something Multiple Times
There is an art to mixing and matching. Since you are traveling to a cold climate, you will likely not sweat as much, and it is perfectly okay to wear articles of clothing more than once for the duration of the trip. If you're the matchy-matchy type, keep that in mind when packing. Stick to a color scheme. Again, it's cold...no one is paying that much attention to you, anyway.