Ever wanted to know how to pack super-minimally for a 2 week winter-time skiing holiday?
Well it’s pretty simple. In a nutshell, only pack one of each thing and wear the same outfit every day. End post.
Hehe, not really, but actually not too far off either… 🙂 The above selection was mostly it! I try to pack as efficiently as possible on any given trip anyway, but I think this has been my most streamlined effort so far!
Japan; one week in Tokyo, one week in Hokkaido
the middle of winter… hovering just above zero in Tokyo, like 4-14C; and plummeting well below in Hokkaido, with -13 at the top of the mountain to about-4C on a typical day.
City walking, shopping and sightseeing in Tokyo; skiing and apres ski in Hokkaido One day wearing a (hired) full traditional kimono on the streets of Tokyo!
boring functional black and ivory; with splashes of bright warm colour to relieve the drab neutraldom.
What I packed:
each item is linked to its original construction post…
from top, left to right;
2 beanies; charcoal and ivory
lime-green arm warmers
rtw ski jacket and goggles
3 tops (just under); charcoal LS twist top, striped Tshirt, ivory LS twist top
(at right) snow boots
scarlet knitted cardigan
My daily outfits:
ahem, rather unexciting! but shown here just for funsies…
Hehe, it’s pretty easy to pick my favourite day! obviously the kimono day, out with Yoshimi! I’m currently brewing a separate post with my thoughts on the experience of being dressed in, and wearing, a traditional Japanese kimono…
My primary aim here was to PARE BACK while still ensuring I would be comfortable and warm. See, I needed suitcase space! Tokyo remains one of the best places for fabric shopping I have ever experienced, in all my years of sewing… and I intended to take full advantage. And I’m pleased to say that I think I was very successful… I went over with barely two thirds of a suitcase and came back with a bulging one; mwahahaha.
So, going Minimal … how did it go? well, fortunately; very well I think. I was a initially a bit worried that I’d gone too far, I’ve got to admit; a few moments of angst, when I had to restrain myself from tossing in just one more top, just one more scarf, just a few more pairs of socks and tights. I’d left myself with very few back ups. Like, what if there were a food disaster?? what if I was too cold?? but I was determined to cut down! and went as lean and mean as I dared. I thought of this as a little experiment, in a way; wanted to see if I even could do it. I knew we’d have washing facilities after the first few days, which helped a bunch!
My snow boots took up the most luggage room, along with my hand knitted woolly cardigan and jumper. My woollies may have been bulky but they are light, and were a fabulous insulative layer for underneath my ski jacket and took away any need for commercial thermals! My 3/4 sleeve cardi was perfect for the less cold days and the cream jumper was a star on two particularly cold days, virtually no wind gets through that thing!
I hired ski pants in Hokkaido, so that was nothing. My shearling jacket is pretty bulky too, but I wore that for each travelling leg so it didn’t get “packed” so to speak.
I allowed myself two pairs of jeans; I wore the black cords a lot, washed them on skiing days when I wore my hired ski pants, and saved my ivory jeans for the leg home. I’ve done this before, keeping something aside just for the trip home. I don’t have a rational explanation for this, but putting on one thing that’s fresh and different just mentally “re-sets” me out of holiday mode, and gives me a good coming-home feeling.
On another note; it’s funny, I hardly ever wear those black jeans, except for when I go away when I choose to take them a lot! I have no idea why I’m not keen on them at home as well…
Only 1 pair each gloves and arm warmers, each worn on a daily basis. 1 pair leggings, 1 pair tights, which I alternated through on skiing days. The tights are from last winter and are practically worn through in the heels, so I’m thinking of chopping off the feet and transforming them to leggings, to keep for thermal purposes. In the past I’ve chucked out a lot of me-made tights that have worn through the heels, but now I’m thinking that was pretty wasteful.
Two pairs of socks. Woollen socks don’t really get “dirty” like cotton or polyblends, but in any case I could wear a pair over tights, and then with the leggings the following day, so they were only against skin for a day at a time. Sorry if that’s splitting hairs, but managing the wash is something this laundry maid thinks about! In the past I’ve packed way more socks and tights than this, but my little 2prs-only experiment has taught me that cutting back can work out just fine.
Sleepwear; I saved space by just taking my light little summer nightie; ‘cos you know what? Japanese buildings are heated so much that I’ve found winter jammies are just not needed… unlike winters here in Australian where you freeze since no one heats their houses. LOL who’d have thunk it?!! For some reason this gives me a lol.
The only things that hardly got worn, as in once only; my bathers and the thongs! but that’s ok, they don’t take up much room 🙂
So that’s that! Everything that I took proved useful and was worn, some things every day! and despite my concerns that I could be going too minimal I actually never wished I had more to choose from. This is kinda surprising for me, because I normally get bored with my clothes and need a lot of choice. Although I think it’s a very good sign. Maybe I should do a paring back of my whole wardrobe?! hmmm 🙂