Minimalism is the key when traveling. Take as little as possible and own things that have more than one purpose.
I read a neat travel tip today that suggested women take along a lightweight shawl because it could be used to wrap up and keep warm in the evenings, it could also do nicely as a nice sarong when walking on the beach, and it would work well as a bit of a blanket on the legs to keep the sun off.
Of course, packing fewer items means being better prepared, and maybe even researching to find out what others are doing.
Now, I must admit if you are going to colder weathers where winter style clothing is a necessity, it is hard to know what to buy and take along. Coats are the worst since they are typically bulky to fold and heavy to carry. What I do, however, is take my packable hooded down jacket. It doesn’t matter whether I am going out for the day during the autumn time when leaves are changing color, or if I am hiking in the extreme cold on the mountain ridges.
It can be packed in my backpack, in a suitcase, or tied to my waist. You don’t even have to be an outdoor enthusiast to benefit from this kind of coat. Maybe you are traveling for work and have to go somewhere with cooler temperatures. Or you might be traveling for any another reason and the destination is experiencing their winter season. Skiers love these coats.
To help you decide, we’ve put together ten points to consider when choosing your perfect insulated parka.
- Feathers from duck or geese create nice air pockets which in turn keeps you warm and toasty. Not only that but the air pockets also keep the wind out. The insulation is soft to the skin and quite luxurious. It should be noted that the feathers themselves don’t touch your skin. They are sewn inside a liner.
- Look for the highest fill possible for really cold temperatures. To give you an idea of how much, 800 fill is considered average. 400 – 500 is lower quality. We found that individuals wearing 850 fill did say it was more than comfortable.
- A hood is handy, but should also be filled. If there is any chance that you will be riding a motorcycle or snowmobile, be sure to get one that is helmet convertible, so that your hood fits.
- Outer fabrics that are both rip proof and waterproof will serve you well regardless of purpose for the coat. You may also find hydrophobic down, which is a process of making it repel moisture.
- Not all insulated parkas are rated for extreme cold.
- If you’re into fashion, there are some design traits that you might prefer. They include an invisible zipper, lots of different colors,or a formal standing collar.
- Puffer coats tend to kept their fluffy and lofty appearance better than other insulating materials. Remember that it is the loft that creates the air pockets to keep the warmth in.
- Some come with removable parts if you need to be cooler or warmer. For example, a vest over the actual coat sleeves.
- Hand warmer pockets can be very helpful in some circumstances even if you are wearing gloves or mitts.
- Should be stamped “Certified Responsibly Sourced Down”. The feathers are afterall coming from an animal.
No matter where and when you need something a little bit warmer than a sweater or spring coat, a packable hooded down jacket has three main benefits.
- Its lightweight and compact size for carrying, packing and storing.
- Its warmth and overall cozy feel for that nip in the air.
- Its ability to fluff itself up time and again regardless of how small you fold it up and how many times it has been wrapped up.