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Author: walshcs

Joined: 1/25/2011
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Traveler Since: 2011

November 29, 2012

Hello Fellow Travelers/seasoned travel pros,

Please offer your best suggestions/advice re my needing to pack for both "spring" weather in Central America (11 days) this January followed by a 4-day stay in wintery Boston immediately on my return. Consequently, MOST of my wardrobe will be geared to warm plus tropical temps.

 I'm trying to travel with only a carry-on size rolling suitcase and a backpack instead of bringing a larger suitcase that I would need to check but that would better accomodate the additional clothing needed for winter weather.

Would value your thoughts/tips on how to meet both climate needs with limited luggage.



Author: nanaandpapa

Joined: 3/30/2011
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November 29, 2012

 Layers, Layers, Layers,

We are from Boston, and were on a combination winter/summer vaction on Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, from early June through early July, 2010. June 21 is the start of winter in New Zealand, where it was subfreezing in Queenstown to near 100 with high hmidity in Fiji. Queenstown in late June is not as cold as Boston in January, but there was far more outdoor activity in Queenstown. We rode a jet boat and cruises Milford sound with temperatures in the 20s.

We did not go carry-on, however., but we were gone for twice asa long. We had 42" suitcases and small backpacks. Central America will be the least of your problems, because the clothing should not be very bulky. A good comdination hooded rain jacket/wind breaker and a good fleece jacket, warmer than the GCT ones, along with a sweater should take care of Boston, while the wind breaker/rain jacket or the fleece should take care of Central America. You should also have a wool knit hat and gloves for Boston. Waterproof hiking boots should take care of both. Convertible pants, with zip off legs would be great for both. In general, they are wind and relatively water resistant, light to pack and dry quickly after washing. The North Face makes them that are a bit heavier than most and hold there shape better, REI and Columbia are lighter and thinner. 

Author: oldbog

Joined: 2/6/2011
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November 29, 2012

 Depending on where you are staying in Boston, would it be possible to ship heavier clothing to that location to be ready on your arrival and reduce your trip luggage?

Author: pauline

Joined: 3/9/2010
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November 30, 2012

Cate, everyone who has suggested (on both forums) shipping your winter clothes ahead is correct.  If you don't want to check a large piece of luggage to accomodate warm clothes and boots, that's the best idea.  Our winters tend to be cold with snow.  Although last winter was an exception, so according to the pundits we are due for a bad one. 


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