We’ll be in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France and Spain (and maybe a few other places if we can squeeze them in) from November to February, which apparently ranges from cold to colder. Oh, and rainy. Heat and even humidity I can handle well enough, but my wardrobe is more than a little ill-equipped to handle the kind of cold, wet, windy weather that is a rarity here in Perth. To make matters worse I’m actually very sensitive to the cold – once it drops below 20 degrees Celsius I’m putting on a cardigan and complaining about how ‘freezing’ it is (oh yes, I’m one of those people). I’m still stubbornly clinging to my ideal of travelling with carry-on luggage only, so all this warm clothing has to add up to less than 7kg and fit into a little suitcase. Possible? I think so.
- 1 pair of sensible walking shoes
- 1 pair of boots
- 1 pair of thongs (not for outside obviously!)
- 2 pairs of pants
- 1 jacket
- 5 tops (mostly 100% wool)
- 4 cardigans/jumpers/fleece mid-layers
- 2 dresses
- 1 necklace
- 1 pair of earrings
- 1 belt
- 1 pair of sunnies
- 1 warm scarf
- 1 wide-brimmed hat
- 1 beanie
- 1 travel wallet/clutch
- 1 everyday bag
…and yep, that should leave me enough space for the inevitable shopping I’ll be doing over there!
This is a pretty standard winter palette for me, and all the neutral blacks and greys will make it easy to work any new pieces that I purchase into my little capsule wardrobe (and my regular wardrobe when I return). I’m a big fan of wool for its warmth-to-bulk ratio, quick drying properties and the fact that knits don’t need ironing, so if there’s one word that sums up my winter packing strategy it’s merino. Actually it would be layers. Of merino. In addition to the above I’m taking a couple of merino thermal singlets, a pair of merino tights, wool socks and some stockings.
What do you think? Will I be toasty warm in my woolens in Europe, or will I have to head straight to the shops to bulk up my layers when I get there?