How to Pack for Different Climates in One Bag

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Packing for a trip is usually a combo of two things: fun and stress. The fun part comes in when you get to plan your outfits for an exciting night out or a lounge day on a sandy beach. The stressful part? Deciding what to pack! How can you possibly know exactly what you want to wear, when you might wear it?  Add a few extra cities with different climates and wowza--you've packed three large bags for a long weekend.

We're here to give you the scoop on making this process seamless and stress-free. The key is this: options are overrated.

We at Womanista consider ourselves expert multi-climate packers. Exhibit A: a trip to Las Vegas, NV and Deer Valley, UT on the same weekend meant sparkles on the left, sweaters on the right. Exhibit B: an around the world trip meant a month's worth of items to pack in one large and one small bag. Ahem, it was winter in Europe and summer in Australia. 

Layering and limiting your options are godsends when packing for a multi-climate trip. It takes a little more time on the front end, but an easy packing trick is to write down every outfit you plan to wear while you are away. Decide what you are wearing for each specific event, day, night, and stick with it. Once you get organized you can see what pieces and accessories are multi-dimensional and can work with different ensembles. That knit LBD you love can work with stilettos for a night out and also with printed flats, a denim jacket and luxe scarf for a day of sightseeing.

If you still can't wrap your head around outfit planning for your trip, we've got you covered with some stylish and savvy wardrobe ideas that work hard at double-duty and will keep you looking fab throughout your whole vacay. 

The Essentials


Snakeskin cage bootie: Vince Camuto (40% off!) 
Gold collar necklace
Denim Jacket
Dark distressed jeans
Black fringe mini-skirt
White wrap blouse
Camel knit dress
Grey Tank
Black suede lace-up flats

Cold-weather Additions

Grey Cashmere beanie

Oversized tartan scarf
Cheetah print bootie
Black leather moto & shearling jacket
Cognac leather pants
Cream Knit Sweater

 Warm Weather Additions


Printed Tunic Dress
Straw panama hat
Halterneck Bikini
Blue Ruffle dress
Gold woven lace-up sandals
Denim Cutoffs

Cassie McConnell Kelley |

Cassie McConnell Kelley is the founder of Womanista and a lover of fabulous. She travels the world with her musician husband, Charles Kelley, and she is forever searching for the perfect cozy corner in a dimly lit bar, the perfect shade of red lipstick, the perfect red wine for a dinner party, and the perfect stretch of white sand beach to plop down for vacation. She relishes her friendships, her family, and YOU, womanistas!