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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!