We travel a lot, usually to countries with chilly off-seasons. We also travel extremely light, taking only 1 medium size luggage for the entire family + carry ons (for up to 2 weeks). Needless to say, I've mastered the art of packing (for us) and wanted to share my top five travel essentials for cold weather trips.
1. The crossbody bag. I like to have my passport, money, hand sanitizer, assorted snacks and toys easily accessible. I tend not to bring a backpack (too touristy, also not super stylish) or a large handbag (too annoying) and so I opt for my crossbody bag. Currently, I'm using a black, pebble leather bag from Coach. While they don't carry my exact style, this model is fairly similar ($175).
2. The ultimate stylish travel/diaper bag, the O.M.G bag from Lo & Sons. This bag is lightweight, attaches to the top of our luggage (see video), and has a massive amount of space. It is also super cute and I constantly get compliments on its sleek design. This bag holds everything I need for our plane trip - including change of clothes, my computer, toys, snacks, etc - and for our daily activities when we hit the streets of whatever city we are in. The large strap makes it easy to put on the back of the stroller and the nylon material wears super well and is moderately weather proof. My bag has taken a beating and it still looks beautiful. Also, the customer service is awesome. When my fob broke off, the company immediately sent me a new one. This may be a bit on the pricier side for a diaper bag, but it is totally worth it ($275)
3. The lightweight down vest. We tend to travel off season which means we hit countries when they are chilly (e.g. Denmark in September, Sweden in October, Switzerland in January, Finland in March). Packing in layers is essential to stay warm when out and about all day. To dress warm without sacrificing style, my go to item is a chic down vest (like this one from Calvin Klein, purchased in a TJ Maxx for $30). I have at 3-5 vests in my wardrobe but this one is my favorite.
4. The monochromatic wardrobe + pop of color. When I pack, I only bring interchangeable wardrobe items with me. I hate wearing the same outfit, so I pack carefully curated items that all go together and can be easily layered with my vest. I also add a pop of color and a few accessories so that I'm not bored with my outfits. Featured here is sample of what I pack:
- 1 black jeans
- 1 black corduroy jeggings
- 1 light grey wool sweater
- 1 dark grey wool sweater with zipper detail
- 1 black thermal shirt
- 1 grey cowl neck cotton shirt
- 1 white tank (not shown is also a grey and black tank)
- Red plaid scarf
- Wool arm warmers
5. The weatherproof walking shoe/boot. We usually walk 6-10 miles each day so finding the right weather proof walking boot is essential. My current boot of choice is the Merrel Eventyr Bluff Waterproof boot in black. Not only are they comfortable (without much break-in needed), they have held up beautifully to the 60+ miles I've walked in them. Also, their monochromatic coloring matches my wardrobe extremely well and I like the industrial detailing. I purchased mine from Belk.com because they have amazing prices but are currently out of stock (approx $135).
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