Minimal Winter Packing List #2: Family edition and solo traveler

A 4 day weekend packing list
for two adults and a toddler (that mixes pieces to create new outfits) 
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the lady’s packing list
the gentleman’s packing list
the toddler’s packing list
total contents of all 3 bags
bonus: 10 day solo traveler packing listP

Carrying on from last month’s experiment, we didn’t want to add a checked bag or priority status to our February Ryanair roundtrip tickets to Rome. Ryanair’s new carry on policy  is challenging for the budget traveler hoping only to move about with a single bag because now that bag must exist within these dimensions:

45cm (15 inches)x20cm (~8 inches)x25cm (~10 inches)

As this trip to Rome marked our final flight with the kiddo on an infant ticket, we still got to carry-on one diaper bag no more than 11 lbs. We chose a smaller handbag for that purpose, definitely less than 5kg, to keep the overall luggage more manageable. Another plus is that when the kid is two and flying on a regular ticket with Ryanair, we’ll still be able to fit everything into the three allotted hand-carried items between the three of us with no need for priority status:

(Any of these bags will easily fit inside the Ryanair carry on dimensions and just for perspective, that gray backpack? It’s holding ALL our clothes (2 mini packing cubes + toiletries + travel docs))

In summary, we had three people on our tickets, 2 adults and 1 toddler. 4 nights and 4 days for our weekend. 2 plane rides. What helped us get through this budgeted wardrobe?

  • We washed the worn clothes in hotel sink and let them dry overnight
  • We chose items that layer and can be worn un-layered
  • We chose sleeping clothes that are different than what we wore out-and-about just to make it feel like we were relaxing in the hotel
  • We (especially me) chose statement-y pieces in addition to neutrals to keep my happy and interested in my outfits despite having to recycle items over 4 days

Lady’s Packing List (5 outfits)

  • 1 black tank
  • 1 pair of black merino wool leggings
  • 1 pair of black tights
  • 1 pair of thermals (for sleeping)
  • 1 wrap knit midi dress (metallic and blush)
  • 1 mini corduroy skirt (mauve)
  • 1 black boat-neck 3 quarter length tee or 1 long sleeved merino tee
  • 1 loose knit sweater (gray and white striped)
  • 2 pairs of socks (1 long, 1 ankle)
  • 2 pairs of underwear
  • 1 wool pea-coat or 1 faux leather jacket
  • 1 pair of midi waterproof boots
    (The following are not pictured)
  • 1 bra
  • smart phone + earbuds
  • Earrings
  • sunglasses
  • toiletries and makeup

Gentleman’s Packing List (3 outfits)

  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 short sleeve v neck tshirt
  • 1 long sleeve crew neck tshirt
  • 1 half zip blue merino wool fleece
  • 1 pair of thermal bottoms (for sleeping)
  • 2 boxers
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • 1 wool pea-coat or faux leather jacket (brown above)
  • 1 pair of leather shoes (brown) or wool trainers (gray)
  • (shared my toiletries)

The Toddler’s Packing List

  • 1 pair of merino leggings (for layering and sleeping)
  • 3 long sleeve onesies (for layering and sleeping)
  • 2 pairs of pants (stretchy pair and jeans pictured)
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 1 zip-up fleece
  • 1 button-up flannel shirt
  • 1 hat
  • 1 winter coat or windbreaker (not pictured)
  • 1 pair of waterproof boots or laced trainers (not pictured)

With all the food and baby toys and books, electronics, toiletries, accessories, baby carrier, and diapers/wipes for the weekend, these were the contents of our three bags:

Not pictured: travel documents

Final product:

Airplane outfits above, toys/food/electronics in green bag, clothes/toiletries in gray, and diapers/wipes in black bag

Full disclosure:

As we got closer to our travel date, the weather predictions warmed up to 60 degree F highs (16 C) and 35 degree F lows (2 C), so we swapped out winter coats and shoes for lighter options and ditched the baby’s hat. Everything else stayed the same and we were satisfied with our choices.

Bonus 10 outfit wardrobe option:

Traveling solo and have the full 45cmx20cmx25cm to fill with clothes? Here’s what I could have brought with only a mini packing cube in my one handbag or Anello backpack and still have room to spare for toiletries:

not pictured: bra or shoes
  • 1 knit pencil skirt (maroon)
  • 1 mini corduroy skirt (mauve)
  • 1 pair of thermal bottoms (for sleeping)
  • 1 pair of thick black leggings
  • 1 pair of black tights
  • 1 wrap knit midi dress (metallic and blush)
  • 1 merino long sleeve shirt (for layering or sleeping)
  • 2 knit sweater (gray and white striped and blue and white striped)
  • 1 boat-neck 3 quarter length tee (black)
  • 2 pairs of wool socks (1 long, 1 ankle)
  • 2 pairs of underwear
  • midi boots (not pictured)

Here’s what everything minus an airplane outfit (leggings, dress, black T, underwear, and socks) looks like in the mini packing cube:

The cube is stuffed but it zipped shut!

Or, say you want a warmer travel outfit or less weight in your pack, you can layer the pencil skirt under the dress and swap out the black T for the gray sweater (or layer them together):

A less stuffed packing cube, positively roomy

Voila. The stricter carry-on dimensions from Ryanair have been sort of freeing as it makes us carry less. And it’s been sort of fun, creating a puzzle to think through and push us outside of our comfort-zone packing habits into packing lists that are more efficient and planned.

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