Can you believe that summer is almost over?! Whether you’re staying in Chicago or traveling outside the windy city, it’s time to pull out your coats and boots. Boo Hoo. But how do you pack light and still fit all the warm clothes that you’ll need in a single bag? Below are a few packing tips for traveling light during the chilly months.
Layers are your friend:
One of my favorite things about dressing for the cold are layers. Try packing just one or two neutral color cardigans or jackets and layering with tank tops, t-shirts and long sleeve shirts underneath. This will give you multiple outfits, while only having to pack one or two really bulky items. Also, change up your look with different jewelry, pack both chunky and simple necklaces and bracelets for multiple looks with the same outfit.
Roll when possible:
Fitting sweaters, boots and jackets into a small space can be tough, so roll where you can. Jeans, leggings and thin shirts can all be rolled and fit into the open spaces of your suitcase once you’re packed. This saves a ton of space and these items are the least likely to get wrinkled (yay for no irons!)
Wear your biggest items on the plane:
Try incorporating your largest items into an outfit to wear on the plane (boots and coat). This will save room in your bag for more of your less bulky items. If you’re worried about lugging around a coat when you get hot, most planes have extra closet space for things like dresses, coats and suits. Ask your flight attendant if they can hang your coat up front, enjoy the ride and pick your coat up when you deplane.
I hope these tips help you stay in style while packing light during fall and winter. Have other tips for packing light? Share with us in the comments below.
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