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Packing light/right in winter

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We are winding up a 3 month stay in Europe. We started in Ocotber in Greece where it was warm and lovely. then on to the south of France ,where it was nice at first but got rainy and colder. Then on to Prague, Bratislava and Budapest where it was cold and rainy. Then to Spain where it was overcast, cool in Madrid, warm in Valencia and cool in Bar Leona. back in Provence for a bit where it's quite cool and then we end it Paris just before Christmas

As you can tell, we have experience a wide range of weather. We have done all of this with a 21 " carryon each and one slightly smaller under seat bag.

We found that using layers has been key to handling the fluctuations in temperatures.

My husband has used REI long johns that he used when he skies at home. He is a bit less temperature sensitive than I am, and doesn't much mind the cold.

I have used 2 fabulous products for layering and have been quite comfortable. I bought 2sets of Winter Silks (bought online, on sale for about $20 per piece. They are incredibly light weight and can double as pajamas. They wash and dry overnight and are compact and easily tuck into suitcase. These can be easily worn under clothes for extra warmth.

The other items are called Cuddl Right and are a soft fleece material that are super comfy and VERY warm. I bought them from WalMart for $10 per piece. I think they must be sold elsewhere, perhaps online as well. They too wash well and dry quickly. The top can be worn alone or with a WinterSilk under for extra warmth. I haven't had to wear the bottoms yet, as the Winter Silks have been sufficient so far, but think I will need them in Paris next week.

I just thought I would pass this along, as I often see folks ask questions on this topic.

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