How to Pack for Multiple Climates in a Backpack

On Saturday I leave for Egypt. After two weeks on the Nile and Lake Nasser, I will flight to London to spend five days in Europe. The climate will be drastically different from the warm winter temperatures of Egypt to the frigid, below freezing temperatures of the Continent. I’m going to show you all how to pack for multiple climates in a backpack!


So how do you pack for all kinds of weather climates? One word: Layers.

Step 1: Picking your clothes

You want to pick clothes that will allow you to be both warm and cool in the same day. Because of my upbringing in Georgia, I am quite used to the weather being unpredictable. Cold in the morning and hot in the afternoon is rather normal for us. Packing for layers will give you the upper-hand. You’ll naturally grab a little bit of everything. Below you’ll find a list of the items I am taking.


Gray Camisole – Three Sleeveless Shirts – Two Shortsleeve Shirts – Three Quarter-length Shirts – Two Thick Sweaters – Two Cardigans – Black Jeans – Blue Jeans – Two Pair of Shorts – Compression Shorts – Long Black Skirt – Six Ankle Socks – Three Knee-High Socks – One Pair of Wool Socks – Thick Coat – Large Scarf – One Pair of Converses – Knee-High Boots – One Pair of Flip Flops


Step 2: Rolling your clothes

I never believed that rolling your clothes worked until I studied abroad in Scotland. I remember attempting to pack all of my clothes in my duffle and nothing worked. I finally broke down and rolled everything, and when I was finished, I had room for more stuff! Since then, I’ve been a huge rolling-of-clothes fan!

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See how much more compact everything is? The image is very close up so you can get a good idea of size.

Step 3: Packing

The bottom of the bag is usually the most awkward to fill. With that, I pack it with all of the items that can’t really be rolled. Bras, underwear, and small socks are packed into the bottom of the bag to create a kind of flat space. From there, I can begin to add all of the rolled clothes.


The next level is adding all of the rolled clothes. What I like to do, is lay them as flat and as close together as possible. Of course, is this much easier when packing in a rectangular suitcase. In the case of a backpack, it’s a puzzle – a compromise of adding the rolled items into the open spaces that will allow them to ft. As you’re packing them in, please make sure to remember you want as flat a surface as possible!


The last thing I pack into my bag is shoes. They never fit right at the bottom of bags or suitcases, so I put them on top or in a place where they do fit. In my bag is a flat pocket against the back, I’ve squished the flipflops into that pocket. I also fit the Converses onto the top. The knee-high boots will be worn on all flights. I know that doesn’t sound very comfortable, but they would take up a large amount of space in the bag.


See how much room I have left?! I plan to use the remaining space for last minute items I am doomed to forget (I always forget something).

Step 4: Keep Out the Thickest Clothes for the Flight

Saturday I will fly to Egypt wearing all of the thickest clothing items I have. That will save so much room in my bag! I’ll be wearing jeans, knee-high boots, a long-sleeve shirt, and a thick sweater. I’ll also wear my thick coat and scarf. On top of saving room in my bags, I have a habit of getting really cold on flights. Layering for the flight is a great way to fight off the cold!

Step 5: Finished!

At the end of the process, you’ll have packed enough clothes to keep you warm and cool! Multiple climates? No problem!

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