The winter pack is difficult and easy at the same time.
It is difficult because the clothes and footwear are bulky and the weather all a bit unpredictable. Easy in the sense that my suitcase holds mostly sweaters, pants, a couple of blouses and the appropriate warm coat. For me, dresses are few and far between in the winter scenario unless there is a definite occasion planned and I know what I need. Jackets generally take a back seat in favour of overcoats because the inside heating renders them impractical. Wraps come into their own on a winter trip.
This year I am trying to pack better and pack lighter.
I’m going to try and create a checklist and stick with it. I’ve never been one for lists preferring to keep everything in my head and figure it out as I go along; winter packing might work better if I adopt a more sensible approach.
Packing is one of those things we can get better at. I don’t believe it is necessarily about the right suitcase or the little compartments that fit within – that never helps me and I only find they hinder. A simple suitcase with room and an ability to expand as the trip progresses is what I work with. For skincare, make-up and toiletries I use three protective bags and stay with those. Sample sizes work fine for the plane on a long haul.
All we need for a good pack is a strong suitcase or carry-on bag, knowledge of our destination and its requirements and the right mentality. Mental state is everything when it comes to packing and travelling.
Yes. Knowing what we like and don’t like makes it much easier to pack. I never pack an outfit that I am unsure of or uncomfortable in and wearing a piece on multiple occasions is to be embraced and applauded. This is the big one.
Often we forget we can wear the same piece over and over in a variety of ways or add an accessory to change up the look. We travel to multiple destinations and the next never knows what the last was wearing. Losing the anxiety over wearing something time and time again is very liberating and it cuts the packing right down. Is there really any need for 3 of the same style sweaters? One would probably do and two is surely enough – experience has taught me I really am as happy wearing the same one if I love it and it looks good. This is where the lipstick colours come in or the extra bracelets. Small changes make you feel well dressed and don’t take up too much space.
Checklist: What’s In Her Bag?
Let’s start with the pants.
2 x pairs of pants – 1 classic and one leather leggings style or jeans.
Then the tops.
1 x oversized cashmere sweater.
2 x fine cashmere sweaters, including a turtleneck.
2 x silk blouses for the evening.
1 x fitted tee for layering.
For the outer layers.
Depending on the venue, either a parka style or more formal overcoat.
On the feet.
I’m still going with the 3 Shoe Rule – sneakers, comfortable but smart boots and mules or loafer to dress up.
Can I really keep the pack this lean? I hope so I am going to try very hard but if I cave I might add an extra sweater or blouse or fall into the “dress” trap, the sweater dress to be precise. I have lost count of the times I have packed a dress for a winter break and never worn it. Maybe the sweater dress will prove irreplaceable this time.
A wrap to wear over all of the above is definitely first in line as is a selection of jewellery to brighten up the neutrals. Neutrals, black and grey are my go-to colours when on the move in winter because they are practical and work everywhere.
Have I forgotten a million things? Most probably but you know what? I am guessing I won’t miss them at all. xv
The Winter Pack
images, australian vogue 2016 photographer will davidson