pack for winter vacations

How to Pack for Winter Vacations? Light and Simple

Winter weather can be lots of fun. Whether you’re a lover of all those fantastic winter sports, like skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, ice skating, or you simply like the look of snow on the treetops, winter travel can be every bit as rewarding (if not more so) than summer travel.

How to Pack for Winter Vacations?

The right way to pack for a winter vacation spot is to pack light, but to do that is surely going to be a struggle. How can you possibly pack all the items you’ll need to keep warm in the cold inside of a small suitcase? You certainly don’t want to be lugging bulky luggage through airports or hotels; however, you need to ensure that you stay warm.

Hopefully, the following tips will help you to pack for winter vacations, the perfect bag.

Plan to Dress in Layers

multi layer clothes

For the best insulation in cold temperatures, you should plan to wear several thin layers of clothing. Besides providing more warmth, wearing several layers of clothing allows you to remove layers if the temperature should climb. The activity you plan to be doing will also determine the number of clothing layers you will need (you would certainly need more layers for a day of skiing than for ice fishing, for instance).

Begin with Your Base Layer

merino sweater

For your base layer, pack merino wool t-shirts, underwear and socks. Merino wool is perfect for a warm base layer since its fibres are naturally insulating, while also being breathable. The fabric is soft and thin, making it a pitch-perfect item for wearing under your other tops or (in the case of a t-shirt) as a top of its own.

When choosing a Merino brand, go for one specializing in travel – the best merino wool underwear for your trip will be ones that are both comfortable and stylish, and that will last a few days without washing.

The Middle Layer

thin sweater

This layer can be a thin sweater, a smart cardigan, or the ever-popular, always-stylish hoodie. Just pack two t-shirts and a hoodie – coordinating pants or jean with your top to complete your outfit – and you’re ready to go. This is the layer that’s most likely going to be the “presentation layer”, the one that most people see when you’re indoors, so make it a stylish one.

The Jacket Layer& Accessories

This is your final layer: choose a denim jacket, a zip-up fleece, or an insulated jacket that’s suitable for the climate to which you’re travelling. As for accessories, don’t forget to pack wool socks, running hats, scarves and warm all-weather gloves, and if you’re going to spend time in the snow, you’ll want to pack insulated boots as well. 

You don’t want to be lugging lots of big suitcases on and off aeroplanes, in and out of hotels, or in and out of your car. Choose a few lightweight Merino wool base layer garments, add a few complimentary top layers, and avoid big, bulky coats.With these tips, you should be able to pack light on your next winter adventure.