I recently flew through a wide latitude difference in winter, and it turned out to be a difficult experience.
I was flying from a temperate region (19°C / 66°F) to a much colder place (-21°C / -6°F). I carried an additional jacket and winter coat with me on the plane. Originally I thought that I would only need to endure the harsh weather during the short walk from the airport to the transport to the hotel, so I just wore normal (for temperate weather) trousers and sneakers, as I wanted to have a comfortable nap during the flight (the cabin felt warmer than the weather on departure). But at the end the plane didn't get a jet bridge and the bus in the long trip to the hotel seemed like its heater was broken down. It was so cold my toes hurt and my knees were uncomfortable.
After this experience, I thought of / researched a few options:
- Changing clothes from your luggage in the airport is certainly a good solution, but the coordinator in the scene was in a hurry and we were brought to the bus right after reclaiming our luggage. Also, some of my friends lost their luggage and needed to wait for a day to get their clothes back. So I would like to leave out this option.
- I have read through another similar question but the weather condition seemed to be more pleasant (T-shirt + mid-layer + fleece are more than enough).
- A warming pad may be a possible solution, but in my experience it is hard to predict when they will be warm enough and sticking them in your trousers isn't a simple task when you are on the airplane.
So if I run into this scenario again, is there a smart way to plan my hand-carry clothing without carrying and changing a lot of clothes (and winter boots) on board?