Packing for winter travel can be a daunting task. You want to pack light but also stay warm and look stylish. One of the best packing tips for winter travel is that you want to balance functionality with warmth and also with a touch of style. I’ve created a winter trip packing essentials list so that you can pack strategically and more efficiently for your winter trip. I ‘ve created these packing tips for winter travel specifically for ladies who like to travel during the colder months. Guys, you can adapt this list if you wish!
Winter trip packing essentials
Regular readers will be quick to point out that organisation and packing skills are not exactly my forte. Which is exactly I have vowed to become a better packer, a veritable goddess of organisation and methodology. [One of the lesser known deities I imagine?] I am starting by creating a handy guide to winter trip packing essentials, so you too can be a better packer. Winter holiday packing can seem like a daunting task as many winter items are bulky and take up a lot of space in your suitcase or bag. You can get around this by packing lots of layers of lighter clothing and wearing your heaviest items to the airport. Make sure to also check out winter destination flight deals on the Skyscanner app or on the Skyscanner website!
Winter trip luggage
It’s important to check the luggage restrictions of the airline you are flying with when planning a winter trip. Cheaper carriers often chop and change their luggage policies [I’m looking at you Ryanair], so always check before you fly. Winter clothing can be very heavy, so it’s important to plan your outfits carefully and invest in some decent luggage and packing cubes for your winter trip. you need to be smart with your holiday packing for winter trips. In colder climates when there is likely to be snow on the ground, you might be better off with a backpack rather than dragging a suitcase on wheels through the snow and ice.
You should do some research to see what the weather conditions will be like in your destination. If you are travelling in February/March time to a European destination, you might find that the weather is nowhere near as cold as you might expect. You could find that whilst the air is a little chilly, you have bright blue skies. This is what I like to call ‘perfect winter weather’.
Cold Weather Clothing and Footwear
A high-quality winter coat is one of the most important items if you are visiting a cold destination. Make sure you have a warm winter coat if you are going to be spending time in a very cold or snowy destination. You want ideally want a winter coat with weather protection and made from decent materials to protect you from the cold and wind.
If you want a stylish winter coat then take a look at the Women’s Plica Luxe Ski Jacket Black by Dare2b. This Luxe ski jacket has waterproof and breathable fabric, combining a touch of luxury with keeping snug. It’s definitely an affordable winter coat for the slopes and for city breaks. I personally love the cute faux-fur trimmed hood that is detachable, the internal pockets and the headphone port for listening to your tunes whilst on the move!
If you are looking for a women’s ski jacket that’s fit for the slopes, then check out the Monte Rosa Womens Padded Ski Jacket from Mountain Warehouse. This well insulated, thermal tested jacket will keep you nice and warm on the slopes. It’s also a very affordable women’s ski jacket. The fabric is also snowproof, should you get caught in a snow flurry whilst skiing. there are all the usual features you might expect from a women’s ski jacket such as a detachable hood, ski pass pocket and internal mobile phone pocket. You gotta get your ski snaps for the gram right?
Stylish winter coats
Of course, not all winter trips will demand a high-performance winter jacket. You might be heading to a milder winter destination and so don’t need a heavy winter coat. I would check out the range of ladies coats available on sites such as Simply Be, to get yourself a lighter winter coat.
Look good and stay warm with a snug women’s jumper. I would pack one or two quality jumpers for a winter trip as you don’t want to fill your case with oversized items. Pick stylish women’s winter jumpers that go with everything so that you can reduce the amount you pack. I love the range of women’s jumpers from Simply Be.
I love the Vero Moda Tie Cuff Knitted Jumper for rocking around coffee shops and bars in winter destinations. This super snug jumper comes in a warm tobacco brown colour that is perfect for the winter season. If you are looking for a chunky knit jumper, Simply Be’s Neon Rose Slogan Oversized Knit is great for colder climates. It’s a gorgeous casual winter jumper that looks great when paired with boyfriend jeans.
For cold winter destinations, be sure to pack a few base layer tops and thermal bottoms to keep you warm. Base layers are typically lightweight, so they shouldn’t take up too much room in your suitcase.
I would try the Women’s Template Quick Drying Set Base Layer by Dare 2b. It’s warm and comfortable as a base layer and is lightweight for packing. It’s also a perfect baselayer for activities such as boarding, hiking and biking. For ski base layers, try a Merino Womens Round Neck Top. It’s a high-performance base layer that provides warm and is comfortable for the slopes. Merino wool is popular with outdoor enthusiasts as it is highly breathable fabric and is lightweight. Packing 2-3 base layers for your winter trip should ensure warmth and reduce bulk in your case.
Just because you are going to a winter destination, doesn’t mean you don’t want to look stylish. Pack 1-2 dresses for your trip that can be combined with thermal tights, boots and cardigans. There is a fantastic range of dresses from Simply Be, that are perfect for winter breaks.
Why not pack a Long Sleeve Swing Dress that can be paired with boots and warm tights? It’s a lightweight dress that won’t take up much space in your bag. Or how about a Dipped Back Wrap Dress with a Denim jacket, tights and boots? You can always pop a thin base layer underneath your dress to keep warm.
Not all winter trips will have freezing temperatures. You might find that the temperatures are a lot milder than you are expecting. This means that you could potentially rock around during the day in a stylish dress if it’s not too cold outside. You never know you might get blue skies with only a mild chill in the air, perfect winter weather! So it’s definitely worth packing a few lightweight dresses.
I am normally a huge fan of jeans, unfortunately, jeans are not the best clothing item for cold or wet weather. You could always wear thermal tights underneath your jeans, but if it snows or rains, wet jeans are a nightmare. If you are heading to a ski destination you can pack a pair of Salopettes to keep dry and warm on the slopes. Dare 2b, Mountain warehouse and Go Outdoors stock a good range of affordable women’s salopettes. You can also wear them to keep warm in a snowy destination, even if you aren’t skiing. I personally would only pack one pair to save space.
For lightweight winter trousers, you might want to consider packing waterproof or walking trousers. these are better for winter city breaks as they are more comfortable for walking around in. They will also take up less space. If you are going to be walking, hiking or trekking outdoors you want durable and ultra-light trousers that you can easily pair with base layers. I would check out quality outdoor brands such as North Face, Craghoppers and Atacucho for women’s outdoor trousers. Quality outdoor trousers are also great if you are going to be doing lots of walking around a city if you are going on a winter city break.
The best winter footwear is going to be durable and waterproof. If you are going skiing or to a snowy destination make sure to get insulated, fleece-lined Snow Boots. Mountain Warehouse has a fantastic range of ladies snow boots that are affordable. If you are going to a milder winter destination, pack at a pair of thick leather boots or proper walking shoes.
I would recommend wearing your winter shoes to the airport, as they are likely to be your heaviest and bulkiest item. This will save you a lot of space in your case or bag as well. I would really strive to only bring one, maximum of two pairs of shoes on a trip. Winter shoes can take up so much space and valuable luggage allowance. Pick boots that will go with the majority of your winter outfits. Remember, darker shoes are also better at hiding stains and snow slush. I recommend shopping at Clark’s Shoes to get practical and stylish women’s winter boots.
Hats, gloves and scarfs
Hats are vital for a cold destination winter trip. Keep your head warm and also look super stylish when about and about in the cold. It’s worth doing a little research into the best winter hats for women, to see what style works best for your budget. You could opt for simple bobble hats from stores such as Matalan. They have affordable women’s hats for a little as £6. You could also opt for stylish Bakerboy hats from online retailers such as ASOS. For warm winter hats, why not invest in a Merino Wool hat or a chunky cable knit hat to keep you super snug?
If you are going to be outside a lot on your winter holiday make sure to pack a decent scarf. You can pick up a thick knitted wool scarf from high street retailers such as John Lewis or Zara. You can also browse for women’s winter scarves on online stores such as ASOS or Simply Be.
If you are going to a milder winter destination, why not pack a pretty pashmina or wrap? These are a lightweight alternative to a chunky scarf and can be used to dress up a winter outfit. My favourite places for women’s capes and wraps is good old Marks and Spencer’s. You cannot go wrong with a Marks and Sparks purchase ladies.
If you’re going to be rocking around in cold climates you should pack a pair of warm gloves. You could opt for light, weatherproof gloves that don’t take up much space in your case. Check out the Isotoner Ladies Luxury Suede Gloves for luxurious warmth. Want to get phone snaps and keep your hands warm? Pack a pair of touch screen gloves to keep connected in the cold. The Marmot Women’s connect gloves are war, flexible and have touchscreen capacity.
Winter beauty essentials
Winter can be harsh on your kin ladies. Be sure to pack products that will help fight off the elements. Prevent dry lips with a quality lip balm. I personally love Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips. It keeps your lips super soft and adds a hint of colour! To keep your skin hydrated and nourished in the colder weather, pack super-rich moisturisers and hand creams. I am a big fan of Aesop’s Elemental Facial Barrier Cream and Soap and Glory’s Hand Food. Winter make-up essentials should include high quality tinted moisturiser and moisture full foundation. Try bareMinerals ‘Complexion Rescue’ for sheer-to-medium coverage that combines BB cream, CC cream and moisturiser. If you are wondering which foundation is best for winter, try Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich for stunning results.
Packing for winter travel
The key to fitting al your winter items in a bag is to pack strategically. You can use a combination of packing cubes and rolling items. Rolling items can save space, especially if you rollup tight in a packing cube. Heavier items such as thick trousers, blazers and skirts can also be folded. Remember to also pack heavier items on the bottom of your bag and put lighter things near the top. This will make your case or bag easier to carry. The biggest winter packing tip I can give is to wear your heaviest items to the airport. that way you can save precious baggage allowance kilos.
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