One thing I’ve learned in my years of traveling is that you can never really predict how warm or cold you will be. But I have a solution: layers! I love packing sleeveless tops, no matter what the season. If it’s winter and I’m going to Denver, I pack sleeveless tops, a sweater to go over that and finally the jacket for the third layer.
I love our reversible jackets because I can switch from casual to dressy with only one piece to pack. And sometimes I’ll wear this same jacket on the plane going to and coming from my destination. OK, depending on how long the trip is, this plan can be boring and sometimes packing a non-reversible cardigan or another reversible jacket can be a nice alternative for a third layer.
This routine can also work for a summer vacation say to Bermuda. I pack the sleeveless top or tee and bring the jacket. There’s no need for that middle sweater layer unless it’s cotton. But a jacket or sweater will always be necessary when dealing with air conditioning.
This plan takes a lot of stress out of packing. Just think about the 3 top layers for your trip, and the rest is fairly rote. Whatever you pack for the bottom (pants, a dress or shorts), the right tops can determine the look and comfort that you need.