Packing for 2 weeks in Germany, Austria and Switzerland will depend on when you are going and what time of year you are traveling.
Last year when we traveled for two weeks to Italy, packing was easy as we did not need heavy coats, fleece, gloves, and hats due to the warmer weather. This year, we traveled for 2 week in September going to a cooler climate. Before we left, I checked the weather forecast for these countries and they were calling for lows in the 40s and daytime temps in the 60s to lows 70s. What actually happened, it was cooler and wetter than forecasted and this made for more damp and dreary days.
Planning for all types of weather
Last year I washed clothes along the way, allowing me to pack less. This year however, I did not have the luxury of washing clothes and have them dry overnight. For this trip I would need enough clothes to get through the first week as the second week we rented a chalet in Switzerland which had washing machine. Due to the colder weather, this required me to pack more than I did last year, but still keep it to carry on only.
TIP: When traveling, keep in mind what time of year you will be going and plan accordingly for rain and colder weather. Dress in layers to keep warm.
What to Pack
I packed the following for J:
Pair of jeans (2) Pairs of hiking pants, Fleece pullover (4) long sleeve Columbia Shirts (4) short sleeve North Face tee shirts, (7) pairs of socks and underwear, Under Armour long sleeve pullover for layering, North Face Rain Coat, Patagonia winter compression jacket, winter hat for the mountains, sun hat, and Merrill hiking shoes.
Night shirt, pair of jeans, hiking pants, leggings, skirt to wear over the leggings, (4) short sleeve North Face tee shirts, (2) long sleeve North Face tee shirts, 7 pairs of socks and underwear, bra, sports bra, (2) fleece pull overs, (2) sleeveless shirts, (3) scarfs, denim shirt, North Face long sleeve shirt, sweater, boots, black shoes, Merrill hiking shoes, North Face Rain Coat, gloves, hat, winter compression jacket, leather jacket.
Here is a picture of some of my packing items.
Some of J’s packing items. The bottom row shows 2 winter coats, 2 rain coats, and one pull over fleece. The winter coats and fleece took more room up this year.
Packing for carryon
After packing, we each ended up with one large bag of clothes, 4 smaller bags for our coats (packing coats in compression bags, saves a lot of room in the luggage) and another bag has socks and underwear. I find it is easier to separate out socks and underwear into their own bags.
Always carry snacks
We also packed some snacks. This food came in handy on our hikes.