When it was time to start prepping for my trip, I began to usual routine for prepping for the trip. Luckily, I was able to work from home the two days leading up to my trip and so my “prep” was significantly more relaxed than usual. The week before I left, I exchanged some cash because I always feel more comfortable carrying local currency when I travel. It’s just a thing I like, and I would much rather have local currency for things like public transportation or the smaller purchases. Especially since in Europe it’s chip and pin while the credit cards from the States are still chip and signature which can be difficult when purchasing things from automated machines without people.
When it came time to start packing for my trip, I needed to take into consideration very specific things. Since I was heading to a more northern part of the world, I needed to make sure I had warm clothing and layers to ensure that I would be okay for the cold weather. The weather made packing for this trip especially difficult because I wanted to travel with just my backpack and so I had to find a way to make sure I could fit everything without needing additional luggage.
The first thing that I did was head to Uniqlo which has heat tech clothing. To be honest, I’m not sure this actually is something special or if just buying something with the term “heat tech” gives off a placebo effect that makes you think that you’re actually warm. But regardless, I bought two shirts and a pair of leggings to use as layers for my trip. One was a regular long sleeve shirt and the other thing was a turtleneck. The leggings were thin enough to be worn underneath a pair of pants so I could use them for the layering to keep warm. Secondly, I had to find a pair of rain boots that I could pack with me. I have a pair of Chelsea boots that have gone with me to Belgium and they worked well for rain but I wanted something with a bit more traction and thick material that could provide just an extra protection for warmth. Lastly, I needed to purchase gloves and wool socks. Costco has some great wool socks if you’re looking for some. I ended up buying runners gloves for my trip because I didn’t need full on thick snow gloves that you would use for snowboarding but rather just an extra layer of protection. I found a pair from Oiselle that actually have the little finger sensors on them so that you can still use your phone without taking off your gloves.
Once I had all those items, it was time to start figuring out what I needed to pack in order to stay warm but keep my life in just my backpack for my trip. This required some actual planning and took me a bit of time to decide what I wanted to bring and how to pack all of it.