Easy Packing List for a Week-Long Spring Trip
Spring is a tricky season for packing – the weather can be temperamental. The day may start and end on a chilly note, yet the warm midday sun may turn up the heat. Plus, there’s always the unexpected chance of showers and strong winds. No worries, I’ve got you covered with tips and a packing list for a week’s worth of city travel that keeps you comfy, stylish, and requires no more than a carry-on bag. I used this method for an April trip to Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan and still had plenty of leftover room to bring home a couple vintage kimonos and handmade pottery.
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- 1 water resistant jacket
- 1 cardigan (I find circle cardigans are easy to layer and flattering)
- 5-6 coordinated short sleeved shirts and tanks
- 1 light long-sleeve top (should fit under cardigan and over tanks)
- 1 pair of jeans
- 1 pair of black leggings or stretch pants
- 1 pair of black walking shoes
- 1 pair of comfy and compact flats or slip-ons
- 1-2 printed scarves
- A few pieces of non-precious jewelry
- 1 brimmed hat for sunny locales
- Breathable socks
- Small umbrella
- Electronics, chargers, and cords
- Purse (Eagle Creek’s Market Handbag is functional and has built-in security features)
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TIPS FOR PACKING
Rule 1: Layer up
The key to staying comfortable during unpredictable weather is to layer smartly. As the weather fluctuates, you can shed or add pieces throughout the day. I choose tanks and tees as my base, a long-sleeve top as an optional layer for extra cold days, a cardigan that easily ties around my waist or fits in my bag, and a water-resistant jacket on hand for rainy or chilly situations.
Rule 2: Rewear clothing
Let’s face it, there’s nothing wrong with wearing the same clothes again over the course of the week, especially in spring when they won’t get too stinky or dirty. I find that pants in particular are pretty durable and can be worn multiple times, so I only pack two pairs. Jeans go with everything and black stretch pants can easily be dressed up with a nice top or used for more physical activities like hiking.
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Rule 3: Wear bulkiest items on the plane
To save space in your suitcase, wear your bulkiest clothes en route to your destination. As an added benefit, sporting a cardigan, jacket, and sneakers keeps you comfortable and adaptable to the changing temperatures in airports and planes.
Rule 4: Stay coordinated
Choose classic, basic pieces in a limited color family that can be mixed and match. I recommend ones from FIG Clothing, a company that designs and fabricates women’s travel wear in Canada. FIG’s clothes are well-constructed, versatile, and super comfortable. Many pieces can be dressed up or down and are made of material that are often wrinkle- and UV-resistant, breathable, or naturally hypoallergenic.
Rule 5: Add style with accessories
Packing basic clothes doesn’t mean you need to look boring. Adding a pretty printed scarf with a piece of unique jewelry adds personality to any outfit. I get compliments whenever I wear my durable, graphic bracelets by The Base Project. Its upcycled cuffs are hand carved from discarded water pipe by Namibian artists which also means they won’t set off the metal detectors in security lines.
How do you pack for spring? Share your strategy in the comment section.
Lara was instilled with the travel bug at an early age and has visited over 25 countries. Her mother’s job as a flight attendant enabled a childhood of discovering the world. She recently relocated to Seoul, South Korea, where she hopes to explore some of Asia for the next couple of years. In addition to being the founding editor of En Route Traveler, Lara also works as a freelance Art Director in graphic design. In her spare time, she contributes as a Local Expert to AFAR, enjoys vegetarian cuisine, instructs Zumba, practices yoga, dabbles in photography and, of course, travels as much as possible.