I really should insert (sort of) into the title of this post. Never has packing carry on only for a trip challenged me the way this one did. Packing carry on only for a city break is a breeze, packing carry on for a ski break is tough but do-able, packing for both at the same time? Almost impossible. For the first time, I’m going to advise that you’ll need a travel buddy with a little extra room in his or her case to pull this one off – or you’ll need to hire your ski boots in the resort.
The Norweigen weather (currently -12 degrees) was at the forefront of my mind when I was cramming this lovely lot into my tiny case and I’ll admit there was a point where I had some serious regrets about selling my extra large four wheel spinner. But it all turned out just fine thanks to J having a little room left in his case for me to pack my helmet and goggles in there.
I might have needed a little help this time but I still wouldn’t travel any other way than carry on only. There’s a certain sense of freedom that comes from travelling with so little that I couldn’t bear to part with now I’ve seen the light.
Hiring ski boots when I got to the resort would’ve solved my problem instantly, but I have this thing about having my own boots. Sharing shoes with strangers doesn’t exactly fill me with enthusiasm. Sharing aside, if you’ve ever felt the pain of ill fitting ski boots you’ll understand my reasoning. Perhaps I’ll learn to share and spare myself the hassle in future? Not sure yet, but it’s food for thought.
The second thing on my mind was how much we’d be doing on this trip; 2 nights in Oslo followed by 7 nights skiing in Trysil. That’s a lot of coffee stops, winter wanderings, hours on the slopes and time spent curled up by the fire to plan for. The key is to keep things as simple as possible, take things that are multifunctional and only take what you really need.
Carry on only packing list
Ski jacket – I’m usually one of those people that wears their ski jacket to the airport so I like something that isn’t too loud and looks like a very normal winter coat
Hoodie – a mid-layer to wear when skiing for extra warmth
Ski pants – non negotiable
Base layer top – Merino wool is warmer and doesn’t get smelly like the polyester stuff
Base layer bottoms – See above
Skinny jeans – If I do venture out at night (which isn’t often) these are my go to
Cardigan – to wear at night or down to breakfast in the mornings
Roll neck sweater – For wearing around the city and again on the rare occasion I venture out at night in the ski resort
Joggers – comfort is king after a day of skiing and these go really well with the cardigan
Scarf – For the city or to wear at night in the ski resort
Ski socks – One pair usually last me all week as long as they’re merino wool. I’ll wash them as needed
Swimsuit – For the sauna or pool
Gloves – Like the scarf I took these for the city or to wear at night in the ski resort
Snood – I love being able to pull this over my face to stop any windburn
Ski goggles – Essential for better visibility and protection from the cold and any debris
Helmet – There aren’t many people who ski without a helmet now, I’d never be without mine being a safety queen
Ski mittens – I’ll wear these on their own or with the liner gloves if it’s really cold
Snow boots – For the airport, city and ski resort, these things are like slippers.
Liner gloves – I’d wear these on their own on sunny days but in this case they’re for extra warmth and I’ll wear my mitts over them
Ski boots – Can easily be hired and doing so will free up half your case. Having your own is a personal choice (tip: roll and pack as much as possible inside the boots)
CARRY on extras
DSLR Camera and charger
Laptop and charger
Hair and BeautyMascara, liquid eye liner, brow gel, lip balm
Travel size toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, solid deodorant
Cleanser, serum and face oil
Spf 50 (please please don’t ever ski without SPF on)
6 x pants
1 x sports bra
3 x cosy socks
(all are easily washed as needed)
A good book
Notebook and pen
Sunglasses (UPDATE – I’ve no idea why I took sunglasses to Norway in January 🙈)
This is EVERYTHING I took including what I wore to the airport. Really hope this helps any other carry on only enthusiasts out there. Any questions, just let me know in the comments below – I always reply.
Happy packing x
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