One of the great things I have loved about our apartment is the second closet in the bedroom where Brett and I have been able to store our cold weather travel clothing. We’ve kept a light burning in the closet 24/7 since we been here – the small amount of heat retards the growth of mildew – and keep the doors open during the day so that fresh air can circulate.
We still had a bit of a problem last summer with mold growing on some shoes, and Brett had to toss the pair of boots he traveled with last time. Only a small amount of mold grew on one pair of my shoes, and it was easily brushed off and hasn’t returned. The mold did cause some musty odors to arise however and almost everything will have to be washed probably more than once or dried cleaned to remove any lingering odors.
I have only needed to add very few things for our upcoming round of travel. I’ve already bought leggings and new sneakers, and will get new Perfect Fit pants and denim leggings (the old ones were too big) at the beginning of next year. I plan to buy a turtleneck tunic from J Jill and a pair of Duckfeet Chelsea boots, but that’s all that’s needed to update. I will need a hat for fall in Scotland and winter in Japan, but plan to find something stylish while we’re in Edinburgh.
My current packing list is below, although probably a couple of things may change before we depart. It seems like a lot – it is a lot! – but it’s perfect for full-time travel and long stays. I never got tired of any of it last time around because I had enough that I wasn’t wearing the same four or five outfits over and over and over again. More importantly, having all of this kept me from buying anything else during our travels except for the black gloves (Italy), the pashmina and cashmere scarves (India and Scotland), and the beautiful long wool jacket in India. Not counting accessories (gloves, scarves, shoes) and pajamas my cold weather wardrobe consists of 35 pieces.
Here’s what’s going into the suitcase:
- Plum quilted car coat
- Black rain jacket
- Short black lightweight (but very warm) quilted jacket
- Short lime green lightweight (but very warm) quilted vest
- Knit denim wrap jacket
- Black leather gloves
- 3 scarves (1 bamboo fiber, 1 pashmina, 1 cashmere)
- 9 tops/tunics in black or shades of indigo (includes knits, sweatshirts, and a chambray tunic)
- 8 pairs of leggings: 4 black, 3 charcoal gray, and 1 dark olive (half are back-ups)
- 2 pairs Perfect Fit Pants, 1 black and 1 dark olive
- 1 pair denim leggings
- 2 sweaters (long black cardigan, grey turtleneck)
- Black boucle knit sweater poncho
- 6 long-sleeve knit tops for layering and seasonal transition (includes the new turtleneck tunic)
- Long Indian wool jacket (my dress-up outfit LOL)
- 2 pair cold weather pajamas
- 5 pairs shoes: 2 pair short boots, black Chelsea & blue suede; red slip-on walking shoes; 2 pair slip on sneakers (black & navy)
- 1 pair Italian wool clogs (house slippers)
Will this all fit into my suitcase and leave room for warm weather clothing? Yes!
Because we are leaving in spring, all of the coats and jackets will be vacuumed sealed in space bags and go into the bottom of the suitcase. Most of the other pieces can be rolled and take up very little space. Space is also increased with one outfit worn on travel days, and a pair of pajamas and another outfit in my carryon (more so in cold weather than hot). Also, Brett carries less clothes than I do, and he always puts a few of my things into his suitcase.
The weight of everything will be another matter, but between the two of us we somehow always managed to keep our luggage below the necessary weight limits and I am confident we will manage once again. We have vowed though not to use discount airlines if at all possible because of their near-impossible weight limits.