Dressing for comfort traveling to/from your cruise port

We travel from New England to cruise ports on the south or west coast, especially during winter months. There is usually a variance of around 40-50'F from departure to arrival in either direction. Invariably, we see many people who do not seem to take the climate change into account when getting dressed to return home. Bet you've seen them too. We aren't sure if it is people who just don't want to let go of their vacation vibe or if it is genuine forgetfulness but at least once we've overheard muttered regret about the choice of wardrobe when walking up the jetway at Logan in February.

For those of us who have to deal with significant temperature variation, what is your strategy for traveling and arriving comfortably in either direction? Any helpful hints for fellow travelers?

7 Answers

We don't pack or wear bulky winter jackets unless we know we are going to have prolonged exposure to cold weather during our travel. We take the dress-in-layers approach in both directions but usually only go directly from a car into terminal. We wear fleece jackets, short-sleeved tops, and pull-on track pants (rather than heavy blue jeans). Hats, scarves, and gloves are fairly easy to roll up and tuck into (or pull out of) the carry-on.

There has only been one time that we briefly regretted this choice. At the Bayonne, NJ port we drove down and parked at the port. Getting from the car to inside the check-in area was traumatic. It was windy and snowing. Every second we were exposed was sheer torture.... lesson learned :/

I cheat.

I stay in the South, land of eternal summerBig Smile

If travelling through large temp differences, I try to dress for the destination.

We always vacation in late Feb or March when there is still a lot of snow on the ground and cold temperatures. We wear long pants and a jacket or heavier sweater when we travel. I find airplanes quite chilly so I need pants and jacket for the 12 hr flight. The waiting taxi is always nice and warm when we get back at the end of our vacation so we don't need to pack our winter coats and boots.

We can't agree more... planes are frigid.

I have a light weight but warm Columbia Sporting Goods Fleece jacket.... it was warm enough for Italy in November over a shirt I also take it in winter if I visit family in Seattle.

I dress in layers to and from the port.

When we travel during our winter season. October to May. we dress very light. Only because we get dropped off at the airport and leave our winter coats in the car. Our son picks us up and brings warm coats if needed.


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