Photo Credit: Woman covering her mouth with wool warm scarf under the snow in cold winter.
10 Tips To Efficiently Pack For Winter Travel
Written by: Brittany Vickers
Packing for the beach is a no-brainer, a suitcase filled with crop tops, short shorts, barely-there swimsuits, and sandals. You always have more than enough space for whatever you need for fun in the sun. But when you’re traveling to a destination where there will be snow and chilly temperatures, there never seems to be enough space in your luggage to pack everything you need to stay warm. We’re here to help you pack like a pro for those trips where old-man winter is awaiting as you step off the plane.
Here are 10 tips to help you efficiently pack for winter travel.
Wear Your Coat
You might get a few looks at the airport when you’re in a fur-trimmed coat and it’s only 70 degrees, but it’s better to wear your bulky coat on the plane versus stuffing it in your suitcase. Not only does it leave a little room in your luggage, you can always toss your coat in the overhead bin as soon as you board the plane, or as a bonus, it can double as a pillow or blanket.
Roll Your Clothes
Folding versus rolling? The answer is always rolling! The benefit of rolling your clothes is that it compresses each item allowing for maximum use of space in your luggage. You can easily roll multiple items and put them in the nooks and crannies that you would not have with folding your clothes.
Layers will keep your wardrobe fun and functional and takes less space than a bulky sweater. They’re also versatile and can easily be mixed and matched with different outfits to keep you Instagram ready and protected against the wind.
Leggings Over Jeans
If you needed another excuse to ditch your jeans here it is! Jeans can get bulky and limit space in your suitcase. You can easily fit two pair of leggings for every one pair of jeans you pack. So, for winter travels opt for fleece-lined leggings or wool-and-silk leggings to keep your legs warm, and did I mention how great leggings look with practically everything? Warmth and versatility what more do you need?
Two Pairs of Shoes
Yes, I gave you a limit because if I say just a few, we all know 4 or 5 pairs of shoes will make their way into your luggage. Instead, pack two pairs of great looking shoes that will work in any setting. A classic pair of leather flat boots will go a long way taking you from day to night and will keep your feet comfortable throughout the day.
Scarves are excellent for double duty, they are the perfect accessory to make any outfit pop, and in brisker temperatures, you can use them as a shield from the wind. As the temperature drops during the evening, your scarf can easily be converted to protect your head, face, and chest.
If you’re the type to travel with 3 or 4 purses (Ok, so maybe my mom is the only one guilty of this), when you have limited space in your luggage the last thing you need to be worried about is if your hot pink purse matches your brown coat. Instead, pick a neutral purse color that will blend well with your outfits and has a practical use for the items you absolutely need. And always be mindful of safety when selecting your purse bigger, more expensive bags will draw more attention. So leave the labels at home.
Fanny packs are definitely making a comeback and that’s good news for travelers. Just snap it across your waist and airlines won’t even consider it as a “personal item.” Did I mention how convenient it is to have all of your essentials including identification, air pods, and phone so close to you and still be hands-free! Plus they’re gender neutral so whether it’s the new trend of across your chest or the traditional around your waist fanny packs are for everyone.
A thicker sock is the perfect go-to for winter traveling. Nobody likes to walk around feeling like they have frostbite on their toes. Socks also don’t take up a lot of space so you can throw a few in your luggage and still have ample space for the necessities. The fabrics to look for are cotton, and for extreme temperatures, thermal or wool. Pick cute colors and fun styles so when you take off your shoes you’re still looking chic but toasty!
A chunky necklace is always a standout statement piece during the winter, but the chunkier they are the more they weigh, adding to the weight limit in your luggage. Pick 1 or 2 of your favorite pieces that will compliment your winter wardrobe.