It’s not winter yet. In fact, I wrote a post about what to pack for a summer business trip barely a month ago. But some events last week reminded me that winter will soon be upon much of the country, and I need to be prepared.
See, last year I was traveling home from Raleigh and got stuck overnight in Chicago. The difference in temperature between the two cities was about 40 degrees and 6 inches of snow. I ended up putting on everything I had packed (three shirts, two pairs of socks, a light coat, and my trusty pashmina) and with a lucky short cab line was able to get to my sister’s for the night in relative comfort. But had the cab line been longer, or the weather in Chicago worse, it would have been extremely uncomfortable.
This past week on my way home from Nashville I was thisclose to getting stranded in Chicago overnight again. While the weather there is quite mild right now, it reminded me that after that trip last year I vowed to keep a few winter essentials in my suitcase. I’m not talking about an extra winter coat or pair of boots (although that’s not a bad idea December-February) but small items that won’t take up much room, but could be incredibly helpful during the unpredictable winter travel season.
Here’s my short list:
Socks. Same as gloves and hat—don’t take up much room, but can be the difference in comfortable and freezing.
Light jacket. Unless, of course, I’m already bringing my heavy coat.
Pashmina. I always bring it anyway, but it’s even more important in the winter.
I plan to bring all of these items with me, on every trip–including day trips–starting in October.
Readers, do you add anything extra to your packing list for “just in case”?
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