Chicago, like most of the rest of the country, is buried in a deep freeze, polar vortex, Chiberia, whatever we’re calling this today. It’s just extremely dangerously cold outside. So no one is going anywhere. My very tiny voyage this morning was the very tiniest: from my bedroom to my spare bedroom / office. I may have lost a couple of toes last night while waiting for the bus.

Here’s the travel-related question that comes to mind from underneath all of the blankets I’m currently buried in.

When traveling from a cold climate (Chicago in winter) to a warm climate (let’s say, Argentina in summer), what do you do with your cold-weather gear? Do you leave it at home and then freeze on the way to and from the airport? Or do you wear it and then have to carry it around on your travels?

My typical answer to this is, unless I’m going to a resort where I will never have to move my bags under my own power once I arrive, I leave as much of the cold weather clothing as possible at home. This means on the way to the airport I wear my heaviest shoes, maybe two pairs of socks, jeans, a couple of shirts and whatever jacket I’m bringing, to the airport–basically, I pile it all on. I will also take a hat and scarf and gloves: the little things that you can squish down that don’t take up too much room or weigh too much.

But I’m also willing to concede that there’s maybe an answer that I haven’t thought of. So what is that secret solution, friends?


2 thoughts on “Frozen

  1. I just went from DC (generally in the 30s this time of year) to Burkina Faso (low 80s during the day). Luckily, I got driven from my house to the airport, so I just wore a t-shirt and didn’t bring a jacket at all. My advice is to suck up the cold on arrival and departure–it’s a lot easier than lugging a jacket when you don’t need one. If it’s seriously awful (e.g. Chicago currently) you could also wear several layers of beat-up old sweatshirts, things you’re willling to discard or give away once you reach your destination.

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