How To Pack For Hot & Cold Weather In One Trip

Plain and simple: Packing for vacation is hard. Even if you consider yourself a packing pro, prepping for any type of trip typically falls into one of three categories: too much stuff, too little stuff, or all the wrong stuff (i.e., three party dresses when you’re going on a hiking retreat, because, well, you never know). Chances are, this “problem” gets exacerbated when you’re visiting two different climates in one trip, like, say, heading to the midwest for Christmas, but jetting off to the Caribbean for New Year's Eve.

Prepping for two totally different climates doesn't mean you need to lug a bunch of giant suitcases around or having to ask to “borrow” your S.O.’s last pair of clean socks. Instead, there are key pieces to bring that will help you get the most of both types of temperatures with the least amount of items. Whether you’re going to two totally different locations or you’re just traveling from your frigid hometown to a warm place and back again, the 16 essentials ahead will have you fully prepared for the extremes.
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One thing you’ll need no matter the temperature is a pair of wear-everywear pants. Wide-legged jeans are good for hot climates, too, as air can flow through them more easily than a pair of skin-tight ones.

Front Row Shop Blue High Waisted & Wide Leg Denim Jeans, $41.40, available at Front Row Shop.
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Leave your heavy coat at home. A rain jacket will keep you dry in all types of crazy weather. And if you’re worried about the cold, bring a small, packable puffer along for extra warmth.

Hunter Womens Orange Vinyl Smock, $230, available at Hunter.
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Wear this breathable blue layer over a tee on a warmer day, or sandwich it between a cozy knit and a heavy-duty coat when you venture to colder terrains.

AG The Emerald Coat, $358, available at AG.
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See? This puffer won’t take up much space in your suitcase, but will definitely keep you warm layered under (or over!) the other items in your bag.

Uniqlo Women Ultra Light Down Ribbed Blouson, $69.90, available at Uniqlo.
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Whether you’ve got a dressed-up dinner, a special event on your agenda, or both, make sure to bring an LBD that works with your heels, sandals, and sneakers alike. This one gets extra packing points, as it lends itself to a few wrinkles.

Reformation Ashley Dress, $248, available at Reformation.
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A layer-able turtleneck should always be on your hot-and-cold packing list. Make sure it’s thin enough to not take up too much room in your suitcase and to wear underneath your tees (if wearing them alone isn’t warm enough).

Tory Sport
Tech Knit Striped Turtleneck, $225, available at Tory Sport.
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Sneakers are the one shoe good for nearly any activity and weather forecast. Go for a pair that's semi-waterproof.

Nike Gyakusu LunarEpic Flyknit Shield, $200, available at NikeLab.
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Bright sunshine knows no weather. Sunglasses are a must — and you’re going to want them to go with everything.

Gucci Cat Eye Sunglasses, $405, available at Gucci.
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Swap out your summer sandals for a pair of slides. You can wear these with socks when it’s cold out or inside around the house as slippers.

Balenciaga Bow Leather Slide Sandals $695, available at Bergdorf Goodman.
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A sun hat takes up too much room. Swap it out with a more technical piece that you can wear in the airport without looking silly.

Rag & Bone Marilyn Baseball Cap, $65, available Rag & Bone.
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You’re going to want comfortable pants to lounge in and to wear while traveling. Swap out your sweatpants for something more breathable.

Adidas Originals Three Stripe Wide Leg Pants, $45.50, available at Adidas.
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Bring a tee that you can wear as-is, inside-out, over a turtleneck, to sleep, out at night...okay, so maybe you should bring more than one.

Urban Outfitters Snoop Tee, $39, available at Urban Outfitters.
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When choosing which tank to bring, make sure it’s something you can layer with. Whether it’s something sheer or something with an interesting neckline is up to you.

Calvin Klein Stretch-jersey Tank, $350, available at Net-A-Porter.
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A pair of workout pants is a must for all your active (read: lazy) days on the road...or if you just want to layer them under your wide-legged jeans for a bit more warmth.

P.E. Nation Centre Pass Striped Legging, $120, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Get a wrap skirt that will look just as rad over a pair of pants as it will solo.

Buckle Wrap Skirt, $49.99, available at Mango.
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A hooded sweatshirt that’s a bit stylish is a great piece to bring for chilly nights or for layering in cool environments.

H&M Oversized Hooded Sweatshirt, $49.99, available at H&M.
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You’re going to want a pair of more dressed-up shoes. Opt for some open-toed heels that also work with your tights and socks. That’s right, tights and open-toed shoes are no longer taboo.

Zara Velvet Platform Sandals, $89.90, available at Zara.

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