Packing for a summer holiday is easy enough. Let’s be honest, there’s considerably less clothing to pack. Shorts, skirts and t-shirts don’t take up much room. So, the real challenge is packing for a winter holiday or city break. If you’re visiting somewhere cold, packing clothes and accessories that’ll keep you warm is essential. But, packing is sometimes a stressful experience, especially when you’re worried about forgetting something. Luckily, we’re here to help you out! Find out what and how to pack for your winter holiday abroad.
How to pack
First things first, how are you planning to pack all your items? Well one of the best ways is to roll all your clothes. Not only is this quite an efficient way of packing but it is super easy too! You’ll be saving time and space in preparation for your holiday. This isn’t just a great technique for a big suitcase, but it’s especially helpful for those of you who are taking a smaller carry-on for a short break. You’ll be able to pack more with the little room you have!
You’ll want to start packing your basic checklist for a generic holiday. Things like underwear, socks and toiletries are items which are needed whether you’re jetting off on a summer or winter holiday. Don’t forget the moisturiser for your winter getaway! Your skin will be prone to getting dry in cold weather, so packing some moisturiser and maybe even some lip balm will definitely help you out.
Next up are the layers! The key to making sure you stay warm. From long-sleeved thermals (you can buy ones with heat technology) to leggings, they’re perfect for warmth yet they’re discreet underneath your clothes. Depending on how long your winter break is, you can factor in how many pairs of leggings and thermals you need. But, keep in mind that for short breaks it is more economical to pack one of each!
Jumpers and sweaters
These are a must! But the problem is that jumpers and sweaters are quite bulky as much as they are warm and cosy. There’s a couple of things you might want to do in this case.
- Only take a couple of jumpers and sweaters which you can reuse and pair with different jeans/trousers.
- Swap these for more lightweight options which you can pair with your thermals for ultimate warmth.
Next up, you’re going to want to pack a great pair of shoes which are both warm and comfortable. It can be said that boots are the more preferable option for the winter time, but they can be quite clunky so only one pair is needed. It’s even better if you travel in them too if you really want to save on space and carry an extra pair of shoes!
Choose a coat
It’s easy enough carrying a coat on holiday as you’ll most likely be wearing it when travelling. If you’re going somewhere really cold, you’ll no doubt want to take one of your warmest coats. It’s a great idea to carry one with a hood, that way you won’t have to worry about an umbrella if it happens to rain or snow during your holiday. You’ll want to make sure it is comfortable along with your jumpers or layers underneath it too. Finally, make sure it is waterproof, to protect you from the rain and feeling even colder!
You can’t forget to pack the winter essentials in the form of hats, scarves and gloves. Not only will these keep you warm during your chilly break, but it’s also a great way to add a pop of colour or detail to your outfit. Your scarf may be the bulkiest thing to pack out of these winter accessories. If that’s the case, you’ll get away with wearing it when you travel.