Packing for a Weekend in Berlin…
How I packed all this on a Ryanair flight with carry-on luggage only!
You know I can’t travel light, right? Over the past few years, most of my plane travel has either been across the globe, day long journeys or as part of backpacking trips. I had gotten so used to travelling with a checked bag, that I was feeling a little out of practice when it came to packing for Berlin. I was worried that packing winter clothes would take up too much room. I didn’t know how I was going to be able to pack for a winter weekend in Berlin with carry-on luggage only, and flying Ryanair as well!
Berlin is cold in the winter, and I knew I’d need lots of layers. I wanted to bring my leather jacket for going to clubs, instead of my longer one I would be wearing on the plane. I didn’t think I’d be able to fit it in, let alone another pair of shoes.
So I was delighted, and pretty proud, to have packed all of the below items into my little hand luggage suitcase.
So, what did I manage to pack for my winter weekend in Berlin, with carry-on luggage only?
- Three pairs of jeans
- One skirt
- 4 jumpers / sweaters
- 4 tank tops for wearing under things.
- Two long-sleeved tops
- A Shirt
- A dress (didn’t wear!)
- A furry waistcoat/ sleeveless vest (for insulation, not fashion reasons!)
- One pair of biker boots
- One pair of ankle boots
- A pair of thick, fleece-lined tights
- A pair of leggings
- A Hat
- Two thick scarves
- Two handbags!! (not pictured)
- Underwear, socks and pyjamas (not pictured)
- A make-up bag filled with toiletries and some make-up (not pictured)
On the way home from Berlin a few days later, I had also acquired another hat and gloves (due to my getting soaked one day) a couple of postcards, and a piece of the Berlin Wall.
I was so happy that I was able to fit my leather jacket and boots in my carry on bag. This meant I had options!
Packing for a Winter Weekend with Carry-On Luggage Only-
It’s all about Planning and Warmth
The thing about packing for a weekend trip in the winter, when you only have carry-on luggage, is to plan. I hate to plan. It hurts my head when I try to figure out what clothes I will need for each day, but talking to myself as I tried to picture what we would be doing there helped!
The main thing about packing for a winter weekend away, either in Berlin in other cold places, is that you are warm enough! We did a lot of walking around in Berlin, so it was important that we didn’t get too cold. So jeans, jumpers and thick socks really helped. The biker boots were great for when it was raining heavily, as was the leather jacket because it had a hood.
The best thing to do in all carry-on luggage only situations is to over-dress for the plane. Now, you can wrap yourself up like the Michelin man if you really want, but if you plan it right, there should be no need to go overboard!
On the plane I wore my heaviest jeans, my long coat and one of my scarves. I wore a lightweight top so that I wouldn’t overheat. I wore my furry sleeveless jacket under my coat on the way to the airport (because Dublin is cold too!) but once I was through security I was getting too warm, so I stuffed it into my carry on.
Once I was standing on a wind-tunnel-like train platform in Berlin, I was able to take it back out.
Both Aer Lingus and Ryanair have become nicer, and now you can bring a small ‘personal item’ with your main carry-on item. For this, I brought a bowling bag shaped, medium-sized handbag, which comfortably fit my camera, book scarf, hat and gloves.
In my carry-on suitcase, I had a smaller red handbag.
I’m not a handbag fanatic or anything, but I knew that I needed something smaller to carry around with me all day, and somehow, this cheap red handbag that I bought in Penneys makes for a perfect camera bag! It fit my camera and second lens, along with a little notebook and my gloves etc. Amazing. I took a bit of the lining of my real camera bag, and put it along the bottom of the bag to make it more protective.
If I was packing for a winter weekend in Berlin using a carry-on suitcase again, I would pack the same items, except I would bring heavier jumpers, as I stupidly packed some of my lightest ones, because they are the nicer ones that I own. I would have also brought another pair of thermal tights to wear under my jeans.
So, there you have it, my tips for packing for a trip in winter, using only carry-on luggage, and making it through the Ryanair security, no less!
With this selection of clothes, I managed to stay warm, look presentable (I think!) and was able to dress in my usual style. Win-win!