Since we’re right in the middle of winter travel season, we thought now was a good time to go over some of our favorite winter packing tips. We know how hard it can be to pack for cold weather trips, especially when it comes to zipping your suitcase.
Pack and Dress in Layers
Although they are super warm, bulky sweaters and sweatshirts take up valuable suitcase space. An easy space saver is to pack in layers. Start with a warm, thermal base layer and add short sleeve and long sleeve shirts as necessary for warmth. Bonus points if you can mix and match pieces to create multiple outfits!
We know those tall, fuzzy boots feel heavenly on a cold winter day, but your suitcase certainly doesn’t need that extra weight. Your best bet is to bring lightweight, ankle-high, waterproof hiking or walking boots. These will keep your feet warm and dry without adding unnecessary weight to your suitcase.
We know it can be tempting to pack multiple coats to coordinate with each outfit, but trust us when we tell you that you don’t want to pack more than one coat. Jackets are about the bulkiest item you can pack. You are much better off packing one practical, high quality jacket. It’s even better if you can wear it onto the plane and stuff it in the overhead bin. No suitcase space needed!
Be sure to pack a warm base layer or two. You can throw these on under any outfit for an instant warm-up. Believe it or not, our favorite base layer material is polyester! It is awesome for wicking away moisture and is super durable, so one set can last you multiple winters.
For winter travel novices, we know it can be tempting to put on 2 (or more) pairs of socks. Believe it or not, this can actually make your feet colder by cutting off circulation to your feet. Your best bet is to wear one warm pair of socks along with your waterproof boots. Our favorite fabric for socks is merino wool. They are extremely warm, but also lightweight, soft, and durable. Who doesn’t love warm and soft socks??
Last that not least, invest in a quality pair of warm, lightweight gloves. Mittens can be so cozy, but the dexterity that a nice pair of gloves can afford you is so well worth the swap. Our favorite pair can be found here.
We hope that you find these winter travel tips helpful and practical! Don’t forget to contact your friends at Yellow Sky Travel for help planning your next winter trip!