A few people have asked what clothing I packed for my two-month trip last year, when I took clothes for both Summer and Winter weather in a carry-on sized bag.
I love to put together and talk about packing lists, so I’m happy to oblige :) You are also welcome to share your packing lists and tips with me as I love to find out how I can pack even lighter.
First, a little about the trip. We travelled in Australia from mid-Winter in New South Wales, to Cape York at the tip of Queensland in the dry season (which felt like Summer). We experienced everything from minus temperatures overnight to thirty degrees Celcius during the day; mostly sunny but with occasional rain. We travelled into remote dusty areas, did some work on an outback cattle station, stayed at a resort in a large city, and went out for dinner a few times.
Packing for every eventuality across two months (cold to hot weather, and casual to dressy)—all in one little bag—was a fun organising challenge.
I divided my clothes into three modules. Each item was rolled to save space and avoid creasing, and this also made everything quickly accessible. I chose sturdy yet quick-dry fabrics, in coordinating colours that wouldn’t show too much dust, and that could be dressed up or down. I also had a bonus outfit: the one I was wearing (which I've added to the list below).
- Cargo pants x 2 (including a black pair that were quite dressy)
- Hiking pants x 1
- Shorts x 2
- Denim skirt x 1
The second module held tops.
- Singlet tops x 2
- T-shirts x 2
- Long tops x 3 (including a thermal polypro)
- Light cardigan x 1
The module in the top of the bag was for underwear and socks—about 5 sets of everything.
Underneath the modules, I packed a fleece (the one I’m wearing in the photo) and a waterproof outer shell. In the side pocket was a belt, swimsuit, cap, beanie, and gloves. I also stashed a pair of tracksuit pants and a top in my sleeping bag.
Although I could have packed a little less, I was never caught without something suitable to wear, even when there was no time or water to wash clothes for a few days. Every item was worn, and the red top proved particularly versatile—I wore it both horse riding and out to dinner :)
Dressing for hot weather was easy; I just wore the lighter clothes. When it was cold, I layered: trousers, thick socks, and the thermal top with the cardigan and fleece.
Do you have any tips when packing for varied weather and activities?