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Packing Tips for Variable Weather

A travel professional offers packing advice for when the weather at your destination is going to be fickle. 

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Packing for unpredictable weather doesn't mean bringing a lot of clothing. These tips will help you pack light.

"Fit everything you need in a single carry-on." — Travel expert Anne McAlpin

Lighten and layer McAlpin thinks one bag is enough for any length of trip in any conditions, if you have laundry access and you pack smart. "Bulky sweaters are a no-no," McAlpin says. She recommends lightweight, moisture-wicking shirts and jackets large enough to accommodate layers underneath.

Adapt Your Outfits Try clothing that can be worn in more than one way, such as a sunshirt that could work at dinner. "I call it multipurpose clothing," McAlpin says. "And if it's easy to wash and drip dry, that's even better." 

Think Top to Bottom "A ratio of three tops to every bottom is ideal," McAlpin says. She favors two pairs of light pants for warm weather and one pair of jeans for when it's cool. Three pairs of shoes is the maximum, she says. Also consider a puffer jacket, which can be stuffed into a small space.

Accessorize A hat is great for warmth and shade. For women, a scarf is "handy if your plane is cold or when you need to cover up in a church, a temple, or a mosque," McAlpin says. It can even look dressy, she adds.

This article was first published in November 2016. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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