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What I Packed: Cold Weather in the South (Nashville, TN)

A packing list for a five day trip to the South in fall.

Ashley Rossi traveled to Nashville courtesy of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

Where: Nashville, Tennessee

When: November 18-23

Packing Challenge: I wanted to make sure I only took a carry-on as I was flying with United, and didn’t want to pay the checked bag fee, so my challenge was fitting a variety of outfits in just a carry-on.

Weather: Nashville is typically mild this time of year; however, it was colder in Nashville than it was Boston during my trip. The first day had monsoon-like rain, which luckily subsided shortly after I landed, but temperatures ranged from 30 to 55 degrees, with nighttime temperatures dipping just below freezing. During daytime in the sun, the days were pleasant; however, it was definitely unseasonably cold.

Type of Trip: I needed to pack for potential rainy days, walking tours, business causal dinners, nightlife, a play, two music shows, and travel days.

How Long: Four days on the ground with two half days spent traveling on either end.

Mouse over the photos below for detailed explanations of the items I packed. Any time you see the Thinglink icon on a photo (bottom right), you can mouse over it to interact with the image.

What I Should Have Left Behind: As we were traveling by car I didn’t really need my rain jacket or umbrella, but the coat was a nice layer to have as I didn’t pack a proper winter jacket since the weather forecast did not predict temperatures as cold as they were.

What I Should Have Packed: A warmer jacket, gloves, and a winter hat as I was pretty cold walking around at some points in the day, and especially at night. I also wish I had packed an extra bag to check since we visited three whiskey distilleries and I would have loved to bring back a few bottles for Christmas gifts.

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By Ashley Rossi

Ashley Rossi is always ready for her next trip. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for travel tips, destination ideas, and off the beaten path spots.

After interning at SmarterTravel, Ashley joined the team full time in 2015. She's lived on three continents, but still never knows where her next adventure will take her. She's always searching for upcoming destination hotspots, secluded retreats, and hidden gems to share with the world.

Ashley's stories have been featured online on USA Today, Business Insider, TripAdvisor, Huffington Post, Jetsetter, and Yahoo! Travel, as well as other publications.

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