You can read through my more detailed, original packing list here.
Also, a disclaimer: please be careful when packing glass jars. My jar has actually spent more time outside my bag than in it so far. I’m thinking I should get some kind of protection for it before I bounce it around in there.
My current packing list is a little more fluid than this format implies, but I felt it was the best way to share how my gear has changed in the last year or so. I add and subtract things based on the weather at my destination and what I’ll be doing there. Ideally, all the clothing I’d need for anywhere would be baselayer shirts and tights, and a pair of outer-shell pants plus jacket. But nothing I’ve seen or bought so far has made it that easy. Still, I’m sticking to essentials as much as I can, especially by buying less and reusing more. When I do buy my goal is to obtain durable pieces that look good and travel light (easier said than done).
Here’s what I pack for colder weather:
- Soft Star Ramblers: Still the best shoes I’ve ever worn.
- REI Revelcloud jacket: Still a terrific, warm, and packable synthetic down layer.
- Icebreaker Villa Pants: Super comfortable, great pockets, no fly, merino wool. What’s not to like? I wouldn’t, however, recommend taking a walk in a soaking rain with these. It’s like trying to walk with two wet Pekingese dogs tied to your legs. Incidentally, they pick up dog hair like nobody’s business.
- Paradox shirt and pants/tights: Costco is now selling 11% merino baselayers for $25 a pop. They’re comfortable, come in nice colors, and dry fast. The only con so far: they need to be washed separately and the dye always bleeds. Costco also has merino trail socks that are great.
- Outdoor Research Gloves: These are technically glove liners and really require a shell for temperatures colder than the high thirties Fahrenheit. I like that they pack up small and have fingertip grips.
- Patagonia Capilene 3 layer: Warm and comfortable, but doesn’t breathe much.
I’m hoping that, going forward, there will be more natural fibers and durable nylons to choose from. New companies like Outlier (tip from Caroline Hardy) and creative Kickstarter campaigns are changing the travel clothing landscape. Maybe one day soon we’ll be able to slip on our temperature-regulating one-piece and head out the door.