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One of our readers recently returned from her 2-week winter trip to Lisbon, Portugal. Not only was she able to travel carry-on only, but she was even able to fit in her travel CPAP machine. She generously shared the packing list she used in our Facebook Group and was also happy for us to feature it on the blog, too. Read her tips and scroll to the end of the post for pics!

 


Plus Size Packing List for Winter

Written by Deanna Cryan


 

 

I’m 6’ tall and a 2X plus size and I was able to pack carry-on only with a travel CPAP machine with no problems. I hope this post will encourage other plus size women to consider carry-on only.

 

Thanks to the amazing Travel Fashion Girls Facebook group and all the helpful advice I’ve read, I was able to travel both ways carry-on only for 13 nights in Lisbon, Portugal during the winter. I’ve been studying Travel Fashion Girl for months and I found that I could have even packed less!

It was also so beneficial to travel carry-on only, as the lines for checked baggage were extremely long. It was great getting to avoid that hassle!

 

Start by reading these general tips on packing for winter travel:

 

 

Here’s how to pack for two weeks in Europe in winter!

 

 

 

 

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IT Transformer Luggage Carry-onLe Pliage Expandable Travel Bag

 

Bags

 

For this trip, I brought two bags. My suitcase was an IT 4 Wheel Carry-on Expandable. It’s 21” x 13.5” x 8.5” unexpanded, and my personal bag was a rather large Longchamp Pliage expandable bag.

For day travel in Lisbon, I used my Baggallini crossbody, which I stuffed into my Longchamp bag for the flight. I was very lucky because TAP Airline was very lax about my personal bag. I was fully prepared to check the IT luggage at the gate if they insisted, but they didn’t!

I also traveled with packing cubes in my bag. On the way there, I stuffed my jacket and vest in the packing cubes. On the way back, I used that space for gifts and wore the jacket and vest. We recommend these packing cubes – they’re ours!

 

Here are more carry on suitcase options for travel!

 

 

Coat | Pullover | Tank | Vest | Jacket | TunicBlouse | Scarf | Beret | Top | Pants | Oxford | Tights | PJ Set | Gloves | Boots

 

Packing List for Europe in Winter

(links to all items listed above)

 

Here’s what I packed in my IT carry-on bag:

  • 1 rayon shirt
  • 1 Eileen Fisher silk tank top
  • 1 jersey print tunic 
  • 1 Eileen Fisher jersey knit shirt (similar)
  • 2 dressy blouses
  • 1 Eileen Fisher crepe jacket
  • 1 extra bra
  • Compression socks (similar)
  • 2 pairs of ponte pants
  • 1 pair of jersey knit pajamas
  • 3 scarves
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • 1 cashmere knit beret
  • 1 pair of Blondo waterproof boots
  • 1 pair of loafers I bought while in Lisbon
  • 1 pair of glasses
  • CPAP cord and adapter

 

In my Longchamp Pliage bag, I packed:

 

On the plane to Lisbon, I wore:

  • Eileen Fisher silk quilt vest (similar)
  • Land’s End jacket (similar)
  • Jersey knit tunic
  • Michael Kors ponte pants (similar)
  • Silk scarf
  • Cole Haan Zero Grand oxfords (similar)

 

We were staying at an Airbnb that had a washing machine so I didn’t pack very much, as I planned on doing some laundry while I was there.

 

Take a look at another reader’s awesome plus-size carryon packing list!

 

 

 

 

What I Did Right and What I’d Change Next Time

 

Even though it was winter, I was very lucky and experienced mild weather. I definitely could have packed less. I would have left out the two dressier blouses, because I didn’t end up needing them. I relied solely on my jersey knit shirts and tunics with scarves.

I also didn’t need my charcoal grey wrap as it was too hot for the weather.

I would also have left my Blondo boots at home. While I love them and everyone says you shouldn’t wear the same shoes every day, I didn’t end up wearing them once.

Instead, I relied on my Cole Haan shoeswhich are as comfy as sneakers but dressy looking because of the black sole and patent leather. They were perfect for walking on cobblestone streets, too.

 

Here’s the most comfortable and cute walking shoes for travel!

 

The weather was so mild that I never wore my hat or gloves. However, I’m still glad I packed them, as I have a hard time finding a good fit in both and they didn’t take up much room. I would have been perfectly comfortable if the weather had dropped 10 or 15 degrees.

If the weather had been forecasted as much colder, I would have also packed a pair of Land’s End silk long underwear.

 

Take a look on the best thermal underwear for women!

 

 

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Do you have a similar packing experience? Share your own carryon plus size packing list in the comments below!


 

For more tips, please read these posts:

 


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