How to Pack Holiday Clothes for Cold and Hot Climates

How to Pack Holiday Clothes for Cold and Hot Climates

It’s hard enough packing economically for any trip, let alone one where you will be experiencing two different climates.

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It’s hard enough packing economically for any trip, let alone one where you will be experiencing two different climates. If your holiday includes visiting both hot and cold countries, then you need to pack wisely. Proper preparation will also help you learn to pack light

Here are a few top tips you may find useful.


One of the key elements in packing for more than one climate is layering. If you have base layers that you can wear and add to depending on the weather, then you have the makings of the perfect all-seasons wardrobe.

Your base layers should include a t-shirt or tank top, paired with underwear and light shorts. These are perfect on their own for warm weather, and when it gets colder you can add another layer, such as jeans and a jumper for more warmth.


Another key requirement when choosing garments for your multi-climate wardrobe is their colours and their suitability for mix-and-matching with other garments.

If you choose neutral, solid colours such as greys, blacks and blues for guys and pinks, browns and yellows for girls, you should be able to create a variety of different outfits to suit any climate from the same few items of clothing.


As well as colour, the material your clothing is made from is also important. Wool or synthetic microfiber are the best choices, as they are very breathable, keep the sweat off your skin and are cool in summer and warm in winter.

Whichever type of garments you take, make sure they are hand-washable and fast drying, so you can do laundry on the run. Merino wool fits this category perfectly.


Thermals have come a long way since grandad’s long johns with the flap in the back. They are now stylish, lightweight, very warm and don’t take up much room in a backpack or suitcase, making them ideal inclusions in your all-seasons wardrobe.

Thermal vests, long-sleeved tops, bottoms and socks can all be added or removed depending on the weather, and their thermal properties are so good these days that a pair of long johns worn under jeans and a long sleeved shirt can provide adequate warmth in the most frigid conditions. 

Versatile items

One way to reduce the size of your all-weather wardrobe is to include items that are usable in more than one climate. Modern clothing innovations like reversible jackets, jackets where the sleeves zip on and off and pants that unzip to become shorts are all highly versatile ways to get more from your wardrobe.

Footwear can also be multi-functional. For instance, instead of packing heavy hiking boots for a wet weather climate, you could invest in a pair of waterproof hiking sneakers that can also be used in casual warm weather situations.

Packing for hot and cold weather is about packing smart and taking layering, colour coordination and material choice into consideration. If you do it right, you should be able to fit your entire all-seasons wardrobe into one carry-on backpack or suitcase. And that should be the aim when packing for any vacation, regardless of the climate.

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