“I recently started traveling for work on a weekly basis. The travel is mostly to northeast cities, such as NYC. I’m wondering if you have any suggestions as I am struggling with what to bring during the rainy and snowy months that won’t weigh down my luggage. Also, if there are any tips for dredging a suitcase through snow or puddles that would be helpful too!”
I completely understand your pain! Last winter I had to travel to the northeast multiple times, and this Texan had no idea what to take. After some research, and trial and error, I think I mostly have it figured out.
The necessities for fall:
- A great raincoat. The best raincoats have long sleeves, a hood, and are long enough to cover your outfit. I really like this one from London Fog. Of course, the classic Burberry is always a winner as well.
- Boots. I will be very honest. I love rainboots. So picking my favorites was difficult, but pick I did. I love these Sperry Top-Siders. A good pair will be very waterproof, preferably made of rubber, and come up tall enough to protect your legs. You can tuck your pants inside them.
- Hat and gloves. You can get these anywhere, or make them yourself. If it is especially rainy, a good pair of waterproof leather gloves will make your day much better.
- Umbrella. Travel size umbrellas are not hard to find. Good travel size umbrellas unfortunately are. Luckily, REI has made one that can withstand the fiercest of windy storms.
Add for winter:
- A great winter coat. The raincoats mentioned above, while wonderful, won’t do it for winter. I love my winter coat, which is a bright red Calvin Klein, similar to this one. You can find a winter coat anywhere though.
- Silk underwear. I love the REI silk underwear. It is reasonably priced, compresses into a tiny package, is very comfortable, and will keep you super warm.
- Wool socks. Critical for keeping your feet warm, and can be bought anywhere.
- Boots. Your rain boots may or may not be warm enough for winter. I really like these from La Canadienne. They are warm and will protect you against salty slush.
A couple of tips:
- Wear your outside boots, such as rain boots, snow boots, or, as in my case, super cute (waterproofed) knitted boots outside. Bring your inside shoes in a cute, professional looking tote. Once you get inside, change shoes and put your boots in the tote.
- Roll up your pants so they don’t drag on the ground. Then reverse the process when you’re ready to leave. I have heard of using binder clips to secure your pants, but have never actually tried it.
- Scotchgard your suitcase so it repels water when dragging it through puddles.
Readers, any additional tips?
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