Deciding what to wear for the next 433 days – Part 2

What a task! Long before we took our round the world trip, we started to think about what we’d be wearing for 433 days. We started with planning our “core” items: shirts, tops, and pants. (Click for the details.)   Next step: layers.

We faced two challenges: 1) packing for a range of weather conditions – the heat in tropical Southeast Asia as well as the chilly, rainy mountains of New Zealand; and 2) limited room in our shoulder bags and carry-on suitcases.

Take a look at the layers we packed for those 433 days.

VESTS

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Joe knew he’d wear vests most days – and he did. He carried what he needed in those many pockets, and we never had any security issues. He packed a very lightweight vest, purchased in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, and this one, from Eddie Bauer, purchased in California.   Photo taken on safari in TANZANIA with Chagamba, our guide.

Beth didn’t want a vest that looked like a travel vest, so she bought a light linen vest at J Jill and sewed pockets inside. The travel hat, wonderfully packable, is a Wallaroo. Photo taken in Siem Reap, CAMBODIA.

Beth didn’t want a vest that looked like a travel vest, so she bought a light linen vest at J Jill and sewed pockets inside. The travel hat, wonderfully packable, is a Wallaroo. Photo taken in Siem Reap, CAMBODIA.

LIGHT JACKETS

Our friend, Meg, advised us to buy Patagonia R1 full-zip jackets for the trip. We did and wore them every day for many months. Thank you, Meg. They are the perfect jackets for travel.

Photo taken off the coast of Barcelona, SPAIN.

Photo taken off the coast of Barcelona, SPAIN.

Photo taken in Doubtful Sound, NEW ZEALAND.

Photo taken in Doubtful Sound, NEW ZEALAND.

JACKETS FOR COLD WEATHER

Could we find jackets that would pack small enough to fit in our bags and provide enough warmth when needed? Yes!

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This time our friend, Meg, recommended Patagonia’s Down Sweater for Beth. Joe found a similar down jacket at Costco. The photo gives you an idea of their packable size relative to our day pack.

RAIN GEAR

We debated if we really needed to take up valuable suitcase space for rain jackets, and especially rain pants. In the end, we took both, and, the day we hiked in pouring cold rain in New Zealand, we were happy they’d made it into our bags. Soon after, as we left New Zealand, we felt safe to ship the rain pants back to the U.S.

Joe’s rain jacket is from REI. Photo taken in Doubtful Sound, NEW ZEALAND.

Joe’s rain jacket is from REI. Photo taken in Doubtful Sound, NEW ZEALAND.

Beth had a light Sierra Designs rain jacket, purchased for an earlier trip to Iceland, and both of us had rain pants from earlier trips. Photo taken on safari in TANZANIA.

Beth had a light Sierra Designs rain jacket, purchased for an earlier trip to Iceland, and both of us had rain pants from earlier trips. Photo taken on safari in TANZANIA.

SWEATER

Beth’s Lands End black cashmere cardigan made appearances in just about every place we traveled. Photo taken in Sydney, AUSTRALIA.

Beth’s Lands End black cashmere cardigan made appearances in just about every place we traveled. Photo taken in Sydney, AUSTRALIA.

LONG UNDERWEAR

We both used long underwear, when we needed an extra layer. They take so little room to pack and kept us cozy warm. Sorry to disappoint, but no photos here!

CONCLUSION

Would we make changes to what we took? We really did need everything we packed, but, had we eliminated New Zealand as a destination, we could have eliminated the cold weather jackets and rain gear from our bags, and that certainly would have saved a lot of room. But who would have scratched New Zealand from the list?   Not us!

 

March 2015

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8 Responses to Deciding what to wear for the next 433 days – Part 2

  1. Annette Davey says:

    Fantastic great hints thankyou.

  2. Nin S. says:

    I agree, it is hard to choose what to pack for a long term travel, and you have to forget about being stylish on your trip….

  3. icelandpenny says:

    always fascinating, I love seeing how others find ways to get more use out of fewer items — I tend to be a big Tilley & Mountain Equipment Co-op fan, but am happy to see how many sources now offer comfortable, functional, attractive items for us to choose — I’m impressed by your choices, & your rationale for them

  4. Aha – the bulky items. Thanks so much for the list and the critiques. You are really helping me to become a more scientific packer. I am still bargaining with myself on the alpaca lap blanket that always seems a necessity. Since we will be gone only for a month this time, I’m certain I’ll survive without it.

    • Packing blankets would not have occurred to us. Have you considered just taking a 6″x6″ piece of blanket–as my mom once did for me as a security blanket–just for a psychological boost and to save space and weight?😊

      • Hah! That’s it exactly – it’s a comfort, not a necessity. I will say, though, that I have taken it before and been very happy with the extra warmth at night. I figure as long as I carry it, it’s mine to decide about!

  5. bernice rowe says:

    Why aren’t you two on PBS? The real person travel show? That finl picture of Beth looks so much like Kir with dark hair! Just home t midnight from 5 weeks in Mexico…if it weren’t for the kids, I would stay all winter…I’m so free of stress and just free to go about down there…more on that later,,,,keep your fingers crossed….will visit 3 last places the end of the monTh and hoping my idea works…..I have almost gained weight just looking at Josh’s breads, pizza, etc…yum xo, b

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