Given the chaos in air travel globally now, it seems like it's finally time to get serious about carry-on only. But we are going in winter, and jeans and coats and a spare pair of boots take up a lot more space than shorts and sundresses.
Inspire me please! How can I keep bulk down for a 9 day trip to German Christmas markets? If you've been in December (or equivalent!), a couple of specific questions:
-I have some good waterproof sneakers--would they be a decent boot alternative? I don't usually wear heavy socks under them, but I could give that a go.
-What about a waterproof lined jacket with layers instead of a proper winter coat? I have plenty of good coats, but they are bulky. I have a good Columbia jacket with a light cloth lining that is big enough to fit over a warm fleece. It also has a great hood that will stay put. With a shirt and maybe a silk undershirt?
-If I'm wearing my silk long johns daily, will they dry overnight in a hotel room? I could look at synthetics I guess, but I love the warmth and lightness of silk.
-Long johns + jeans enough for a day out? Or do I need to look at "storm pants"/waterproof/windproof gear? (Because, ugh. that sounds sweaty. I hate snowpants.)
I've looked at weather data, and it looks like it could be between 4C and 0C while we're there. (That's--maybe 40F? I'm Canadian, metric makes sense to me! ) But maybe that's overstating it? Or understating it? I will definitely take a toque and a couple pairs of gloves (because I lose gloves often).
Can I do this? Have you done it? Or did the trip (successfully or unsuccessfully) with more?