My flight to Europe is this week (this Friday evening, to be exact), and I am torn.
I have a reasonable amount of clothes in my wardrobe, but these are mostly summer-ish clothes suitable for the 30°C weather we usually experience in Singapore. I am going to places where it’s 10°C (Spain) and 3°C (London). Polyester is not going to cut it.
I have a few things suitable for autumn, and I’ll just put them on all at once to brace myself for winter (e.g: 2 sweaters and my lightly padded windbreaker). I have thermal underwear but I think they look quite unattractive, so I usually leave that at home (a waste of money, now that I think about it). On a relatively warm day in winter (wonder?) land, I whip out the dresses which are too warm to be worn in Singapore. These are usually made of a wool mix so wearing them in Singapore would be akin to committing suicide. But these are just perfect for a warm winter day! My legs are usually the problem; I don’t layer – just jeans! – and sometimes, my legs get a little too cold for comfort.
Then I read this article about packing for a holiday. And I sigh. These tips are for women who travel in warmer climates!
Or are they? Can I really pull off a trip in the northern hemisphere during winter wearing nothing but dresses (and sweaters) the whole time? Are tights + dresses (with sneakers/boots) good enough for a 5°C-type weather? I would love to pack one less pair of jeans. Dresses are much prettier anyway – I am perpetually in dresses/skirts when I am in Singapore and it would be nice to be able to do the same when I am travelling and not freeze my ass off while looking pretty.
Another benefit of bringing dresses which weigh less and take up less space: I am flying easyjet from Bilbao to London and I don’t have much baggage space – 20kg! – (unlike the generous 30kg Emirates is giving me!). I am also thinking of the stuff I might buy in Spain. (Who goes to Spain without buying shoes?)
Is it really possible to travel to a country experiencing winter with only dresses + tights in my backpack?