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12 Tips to Pack a Carry On for Winter Travel

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12 Tips to Pack a Carry On for Winter Travel

12 Tips to Only Pack a Carry On for Winter Trip. NuventureTravels.com

Packing only a carry on is hard enough any time of year (here’s twelve other tips we have for only packing a carry on), but when it’s winter and clothing is heavy and bulkier for cold weather, how do you only pack one carry on? We’ve learned some tips on our #nuventures. We traveled the world for two years to both hot and cold places with only carry on’s. You can see our packing lists here: Lindsey’s & Adams.

We like to only pack a carry on to save time, money, and stress. With a carry on, you save time before your flight without having to wait in line to check your luggage and after your flight waiting to pick it up at the carousel. We also only like to pack a carry on so we always have everything we need with us. We’ve heard horror stories from many friends who’ve never gotten their luggage from the airlines or it’s been a fiasco and huge inconvenience getting it back during their trip.

So, here’s twelve tips we’ve learned on how to still only pack one carry on for a trip during winter with cold weather ahead.

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12 Tips to Pack a Carry On for Winter Travel

1.     Pack One coat

First and foremost, only pack one heavy jacket to stay warm out in the elements. Make sure it’s a jacket you love and that’ll be warm enough (since you’ll be wearing it your whole trip) and can match all the clothes you plan to wear.

2.     Pack only One scarf, hat, and gloves that match everything

Next, only pack one scarf, hat, and set of gloves that match your one coat. Make sure you love them too since they’re the only ones you’ll be wearing for your trip. I always pack my gloves that are fingerless but can also be covered by mittens. I love finger freedom to use my phone and take pictures if needed, but can then be covered up for maximum warmth. If you don’t have room in your bag for these items, you can plan to buy these items when you reach your destination. That’s what I did when we went to Denmark.

3.     One pair of boots

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Next, only pack one pair of warm boots if you can. I like packing my Sperry Duck Boots because they’re good for mud, snow, and are still considered fashionable with skinny jeans:)

4.     Wear bulkiest clothing to the airport

Then, plan to wear your bulkiest items to the airport so they’re not taking up unneeded room in your luggage. So plan to wear your biggest boots, heaviest jacket, and sweater to the airport.

5.     Layer Up

Now, as you choose your clothing, plan to layer your clothing for warmth. For me, I layer using a rain jacket/warm jacket, then under that a fleece, then under the fleece a long sleeve (I really love my ice breaker base), then under the long sleeve a t-shirt if needed or a tank top. This is how I spent two years as we traveled around the world in different climates from snow in Canada and New Zealand to the hot beaches of Southeast Asia. You can see how we layered our clothing for our two-year round the world trip only packing carry on’s here: Lindsey’s Packing List & Adam’s Packing List.

6.     Try Everything On Together and Mix & Match

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received is to try everything on that you plan to pack to make sure you can mix and match tops and bottoms and everything matches your boots, coat, scarf, hat and gloves. I tend to stick to neutrals like khaki, denim, black, white, olive, and navy, so all can mix and match together. If one item of clothing is super unique and you’ll only wear it once, I encourage you to take it out and not pack it. To accessorize and if I have extra room, I pack a couple different necklaces and cute and light weight scarves.

7.     Roll or fold Clothes MariKondo style

As you pack your carry on, roll or fold your clothes MariKondo style. I used to roll my clothes like a taco until I learned MariKondo’s technique. When you roll your clothes like a taco, you stack it and can’t see everything when you open your bag. Mari’s technique helps keep your clothing organized so you’re not making a mess every time you try to find a new top or a pair of underwear. With MariKondo’s style, you fold your clothes into tight squares and pack everything vertically so you see everything you have in your bag when you open it. Packing game changer!

8.     No bulky sweaters, unless you wear one on the plane

Bulky sweaters take up so much space. So don’t plan to pack any bulky sweaters for your trip— unless if you really love them (like me)— plan to wear your favorite one to the airport.

9.     Plan to do Laundry

If you’re traveling for over a week, plan to do laundry. We recommend only packing clothing that you can throw in one load (so no red clothes!) so you’re not spending your travels in a new place waiting for several loads of laundry. If we’re not sure we’ll have access to a washer and dryer, we pack a couple tide pods for washing in the sink.

10.     Hygiene items- pack only essentials or not at all

Hygiene items can take up a lot of space and be heavy. You can either pack just the essentials or plan to get them when you arrive at your destination.

One hygiene item that’s become a must for me (since a friend introduced me to it) is this Downy wrinkle spray. It does an awesome job taking out wrinkles since I fold and pack my clothes tight and small.

11. Stuff socks into shoes

Wool and heavy socks can take up a lot of space, too. If you pack more than one pair of shoes, plan to stuff your socks into your shoes.

12. Put shoes in bags so you don’t get clothes dirty

Pack your shoes in bags so you don’t get your clothes dirty from the snow or mud or salt that you’ll be walking through on your fun adventures.

To see other packing tips we have for a carry on (like if you’re carrying a nice outfit you don’t want to fold into a tiny square), check them out here.


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How to Stay Warm Camping in Your RV During Cold Winter Weather (Especially for Sleeping): 13 Must Have Gear Items

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How to Stay Warm Camping in Your RV During Cold Winter Weather (Especially for Sleeping): 13 Must Have Gear Items

9 Must Have Items for Staying Warmer in Your RV During Winter Especially for Sleeping

It can get super cold when you’re camping in winter, especially when you boondock a lot without electricity to turn on your heater!

For most holidays, we make an annual cross-country trip from Colorado to Georgia to hang with family for Thanksgiving and Christmas. With this kind of trip, we know we’re taking our chances with the weather. Last year, we got hit with a freak ice storm in Fairhope, Alabama! We had to do an emergency hunker down for a few days.

The fiberglass of our Casita is pretty thin (take a tour of our camper before and after here), with minimal insulation from the cold. I’ve learned there’s 13 things we have to have to keep us warm and in good spirits in the RV in winter. Before you take off in cold weather, I wanted to share my checklist with you to make sure you’re ready too:)

Update: We camp so often in cold weather, we decided to invest in installing a heater that runs off of our propane tanks.


13 Must Have’s to Stay Warm Camping in Your RV During Cold Winter Weather

1.Mr. Buddy (when boon docking)

Before we installed a heater in our Casita that runs off of our camper’s propane tanks, we used Mr. Buddy when we’re boon docking and not plugged into electricity. He runs on the small green propane tanks you can get from Walmart. We place him in the middle of our floor.

2. Space heater (when plugged in at a campsite)

Again, before we installed a heater in our Casita, we used a regular space heater for when we’re plugged in at a campsite with electricity, so we’re not using up lots of green propane bottles from Walmart with Mr. Buddy.

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3. Rugs

Make sure you have rugs on your floor to give you extra protection from the thin and frigid floor of the camper.

Our Casita Spirit Deluxe has a unique layout that took me a few months to figure out a good rug set up to protect our floor from spills and stains and also provide warmth from the camper’s underbelly. We found a natural fiber rug to run down the center of the floor from the bathroom to the bed.

4. Flannel Sheets

We’ve learned flannel sheets are a must in winter and we love our flannel sheets! They keep us super warm and cozy at night and I love them because they keep your face warm on the pillow all night. I get so cold and uncomfortable if we use our summer sheets because my hair and face get cold from them.

5. Extra down comforter

This is a must too! Some nights require extra, extra warmth and an extra down comforter is key! You can get a simple down comforter from Walmart, or… we totally glamp out with this heavy fur blanket we got as a gift. Oh, my Lord! It’s so soft, heavy, and keeps us warm! Don’t judge, we LOVE it:)

6. Fleece blanket

If it’s super cold, I have a fleece blanket like this one I put under our flannel sheets and right over me to sleep. Fleece keeps me nice and cozy and is even better than flannel in my opinion!

7. Merino wool pajamas

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When we’re living out of the camper in winter temperatures, you bet I wear both the top and bottom as my base layer 24/7. I use these both to sleep in and under my sweaters and jeans during the day. They keep me warm and toasty.

8. Hat

You may think I’m crazy, but when you’re boon docking in winter, it feels like you’re tent camping in winter. I wear this knit hat on my head all night to keep my head and ears warm while I’m sleeping.

9. Buff as a Neck Warmer

If my neck’s cold, I’m cold! One of our essential items we always carry in the winter or summer is a Buff. In the winter, we use it as a ear warmer, you can tie it into a hat, and at night I use it as a neck warmer to keep my neck warm. I totally recommend a Buff because it’s so light and you can use it year round in so many ways!

10. Fingerless Gloves

I love these wool fingerless gloves with a mitten cover, because they’re so practical! They keep my hands warm, but I can turn the pages of a book, use my cell phone, take photos with my camera, work on the computer. I recommend these gloves:)

11. Wool Socks

A whole category of gear for me is for my feet. If my feet are freezing, I can’t fall asleep. To make sure my feet stay toasty, I pack two or three pairs of the heavy duty wool socks with me. I use two pairs to wear during the day and a specific extra heavy pair in the camper at night and while I’m sleeping.

12. Slippers

Along with wool socks, I always have slippers that I slide on while in the camper. For me, it’s really important to have slippers that both support my arch and are thick on the bottom with rubber soles keeping my feet protected from the cold floor of the camper. I got these when I was pregnant and my feet were changing and love them!

13. Microwavable Slippers!

If you tend to camp with electricity and have a microwave, get these! I found these and they are now on my Christmas list!:) I won’t be able to use them all the time, because we don’t have a microwave and we tend to boon dock a lot but I gotta have them:)


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12 Tips to Pack Light & Minimal in a Carry On Bag (for a Weekend or Round the World Trip)

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12 Tips to Pack Light & Minimal in a Carry On Bag (for a Weekend or Round the World Trip)

Tired of lugging around too much on each trip? Whether you’re heading out on a weekend trip or packing for your round the world trip, here’s 12 tips we’ve learned and use when packing.

We used all of these tips when packing for our two year round the world trip in a carry on bag. These tips saved our backs and made travel days more enjoyable with less stuff!

12 Tips to Pack a Carry on Bag

for a Weekend or Round the World Trip

1. Choose a Small Piece of Carry on Luggage

First, set yourself up for success in packing less by choosing a small carry on bag whether it’s a rolly bag or backpack. (You can see what we used here and each of our packing lists: Lindsey’s for women & Adam’s for men).

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You'll fill whatever bag you choose, so choose a small carry on. We like to only pack and take carry on bags so we save time and money throughout our flight by not having to check a bag and not having to wait at the luggage carrousel. We also choose carry on bags so we're not at risk of losing our luggage! We've heard horror stories...

2. Pack Clothes to Layer for all temperatures

This is a big one especially when you're going somewhere that's hot during the day and cold at night, like Colorado. My layering goes: a light rain jacket, over a fleece or long sleeve, over a short sleeve or tank top. I always pack one light rain jacket (for rainy days, cool nights, restaurants, and for on the plane), a fleece to have some cozy warmth if needed, and a couple t-shirts and tank tops for summer days.

3. Pack Clothing that Can be Mixed & Matched

Pack tops and bottoms that can be re-worn and mixed and matched amongst each other. I tend to pack neutral white, navy, and black tops with jeans, jean shorts, and green shorts. Everything’s neutral and I can mix and match the tops and bottoms together.

4. Try Everything On

This was one of the best pieces of advice I received to help me minimize my packing. Take the time to try all your clothes on before you head out and make sure everything matches so you can rewear and mix and match your clothes. This will help you put aside really unique items you may not need or will wear a lot.

5. Plan for Laundry

If you're traveling over a week, plan to do laundry. This will help you pack less tops and bottoms. You may have a laundry room accessible to you on your trip, or you can do laundry in the sink. You can use soap or water or we really like Tide travel sink packets.

Pack Clothes that can Be Washed in One Load

Who wants to spend time doing a laundry when you’re in an exciting new place? Not us! Make sure you pack clothes that can be washed in one load together. This will save you time and money only doing one load versus several.

Don’t Pack or Buy Red Clothes

We’ve made this mistake by putting red in with our other clothes and everything coming out pink! Adam bought red Thai pants when we were in Thailand and they tinted all of our lighter clothes pink. If red’s your power color, then pack loads of red. If it’s not, we recommend leaving red clothing at home.

6. Roll or MariKondo Fold Your Clothes

Roll your clothes like a taco or fold MariKondo style. I used to only roll my clothes, but now I prefer MariKondo's folding techniques so I see everything I have when I open my bag and I'm not making a big mess pulling out my clothes while I search for a specific item.

If you have nice clothes for a wedding or cruise that you don't want to roll or fold into a tiny square, carefully fold them like an official letter in plastic from the dry cleaners and place them on top of all your other gear. I recently did this on our trip to Jamaica for a friend’s wedding. 

7. Use Plastic Bags as Compartments

If you’re using a backpack, use plastic bags to help compartmentalize your gear and clothing.

When we traveled around the world with backpacks, we tried to be strategic in our storage system. We used gallon size ziploc bags and vacuum storage bags to store all of our clothes and gear. With a backpack, you’re consistently pulling everything out, so it's nice to have compartments to pull out all your shirts at once without sending your underwear flying for everyone to see. And, we learned having fewer storage compartments is easier than a lot of little ones as you unload your backpack to find something. Also having clear, see-through bags is nice so you can see what you’re trying to find.

8. Pack a Reusable Water Bottle

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This saves the planet and money! Pack a reusable water bottle to have extra water on your flights and to save money and plastic from continuously buying plastic water bottles.

9. Wear the Bulkiest Items to the Airport

To save even more space in your bag, wear your bulkiest shoes, pants, jacket, and top to the airport so the smaller items are in your bag.

10. Prepare for the Security Line

Prepare for the moment of going through security where you have to undress and unpack your bag just to repack it. Remember to wear socks with your shoes. Also, pack your computer, ipad, snacks, and any liquid toiletries that are easily accessible and you don’t have to move other stuff around.

11. Don’t Pack toiletries (or Only Pack the Essentials)

To save even more space, only pack the essential toiletries you’ll need. Or, don’t pack them at all and get them when you arrive at your destination. We have friends that do this.

12. Carry Your Own Devices

When we set out to travel the world and wanted to pack light for our trip, we thought we could share a computer and ipad. However, now after our experience, we recommend to all couples taking off to travel the world to each carry your own laptop and devices. Adam and I are both more efficient working and searching for hotels on a laptop than on an ipad. We would argue about who would get the laptop first, how long they’d been using it, and we ended up staying at coffee shops longer than you’d want in a cool new place.

We bought a second laptop in Malaysia and it made a world of difference to our efficiency deciding on travel logistics and for our marriage! If you are a couple it’s good to have your own stuff and do things on your own. Here’s 5 Reasons It’s Okay to Take a Break from Your Travel Partner & Explore Solo that we’ve learned from our travels.


We hope these tips make packing easier and lighter so your travel days are more enjoyable instead of spent sweaty and stressed!


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Men's Around-the-World Minimal Packing List

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Men's Around-the-World Minimal Packing List

How do you pack to travel the world for several months and lots of different climates?

When I was packing to travel the world with my wife, Lindsey (see her packing list here), I wanted things to be as simple and minimal as possible. I didn’t want to spend extra money on anything I didn’t need, like fancy packing cubes. I found that ziploc gallon bags and storage bags did a great job compartmentalizing my gear.

I wanted to put my money toward espresso in Italy and pad thai in Thailand, so I used gear I already had including our camping gear and my clothes.

So, with those things in mind, my packing list isn't the lightest and it isn't the most technical. It’s the gear and clothes I had that I packed.

I used this packing list for 2 years to travel to over 19 countries with my wife Lindsey.   

Use this is a guide to jump start your packing list.

 This packing list will guide you in packing for:

  • Carry-on luggage only

  • All weather- hot and cold you may encounter

  • Covering you for many months and years

A note about my list: I've included affiliate links to share the gear I used on our trip if you want to get what I used. By purchasing your gear through these links, you're supporting us. Thank you!


MEN'S MINIMAL PACKING LIST

FOR ROUND-THE-WORLD TRIP

LUGGAGE

1: 40L Backpack

CLOTHING

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1: lightweight hooded rain jacket

1: long sleeve

3: t-shirts

1: zip off pants

1: gym shorts

1: swimming trunks

1: pair of boxers

1: Exofficio boxers

2: Under Armour tights

1: pair of Hincapie merino wool socks

1: pair of Wigwam socks

1: bandana

1: Buff

1: skully cap

1: hat

1: belt

1: gloves


SHOES

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1: Brooks tennis shoes

1: flip flops


NECESSITIES

1: eyeglasses

1: years worth of contact lenses

5: pairs of ear plugs

OUTDOOR GEAR

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1: Camelbak water reservoir

1: Big Agnes inflatable sleeping pad

1: Black Diamond headlamp

1: camping burner

1: lighter

1: bit of duct tape

1: Sawyer water filter

1: camping bowl

1: Sea to Summit spork

Lindsey and I share the load of our outdoor gear. Check her list for more outdoor gear we carry here.

ELECTRONICS

1: cell phone

1: cell phone charger

1: portable charger

1: laptop

1: laptop charger

1: ipad

1: outlet adapter for all countries

EXTRAS

1: sunglasses

1: quick dry towel

2: extra batteries

1: Chico collapsable day pack


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