Packing is not easy
And it’s even more difficult when you don’t know what the weather is going to be like in your destination. Or if you plan to visit several places, all with different weather and temperatures.
This was my dilemma when I was trying to decide what to pack for my most recent trip: first a day and a half in Milan, and then a few days in Scotland before heading back home to Finland.
A multitasking wardrobe
As I didn’t want to pack two sets of wardrobes, I needed to find a solution that would somehow work both in Milan and in Aberdeen. And in case you’re wondering: I had a suitcase, so I wasn’t trying fit everything into cabin luggage.
These photos were taken in Milan (we’ll deal with the Scotland part of the trip later, in another post), and this is my ‘sightseeing outfit’. I assumed it would be quite a bit warmer in Milan than in Finland, although not exactly spring weather, with cooler temperatures in the evening.
So, I needed a light-weight coat that would keep me warm but not make me sweat, and that could double as a raincoat if necessary. I would also be doing a lot of walking, so good shoes were a must. And I needed a bag that was big enough to fit my camera, and that could be worn crossbody (= pickpocket safe). Needless to say, the bag would also have to travel well (= fit into the suitcase without having to be squashed).
Handbag or Cabin luggage?
I know what you’re thinking: why did I want to put the bag in the suitcase, why didn’t I just use the bag as my cabin luggage? Well, two reasons: first, it’s not big enough to fit my laptop. And second, there’s no zipper at the top of the bag, so any turbulence would send the contents of the bag flying in all directions (been there, done that).
I often use a small(ish) backpack as my cabin luggage: it’s big enough for a laptop, a camera etc but small enough to fit under the seat. Why is that important? Well, these days, many airlines won’t let you put your trolley in the overhead locker but make you check it in at the gate, especially if the plane is full (and they usually are).
Which leads to frantic repacking just before boarding as you try to fit your laptop, camera, an assortment of chargers and cables and valuables into your pockets or the much smaller handbag you thought would hold only what you need during the flight (again, been there, done that).
And did this same outfit also work for me in Scotland?
Well, yes, in a way: obviously, I wore the same shoes and carried the same bag throughout my stay. And because I wanted to be prepared for any weather conditions and temperatures, I had packed two pairs of trousers, and several tops of varying thickness / warmth: a long-sleeved t-shirt, a couple of slightly warmer knit tops and a cashmere sweater and a cardigan. I also had two scarves: the cashmere scarf in these pictures and a large silk scarf.
But, crucially, I also brought along two coats: the lightweight jacket you see here and a slightly warmer one. This gave me some flexibility to adjust to changing temperatures without having to resort to layering (which I hate).
jacket: Makia / trousers: Marks and Spencer (old) /scarf: A + more /
shoes: Fila / sunglasses: Woobs / bag: Lancel (old)
Do you take a suitcase with you when you travel?
Or do you try to fit everything in your cabin luggage?
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