As you plan your winter vacation you might be dreaming of snow-capped mountains, ice-skating rinks, peppermint schnapps and sledding. If you're an adrenaline junkie looking for winter adventure, skiing and snowboarding might be on your mind.
No matter where you're going this winter, it can be daunting to pack for a cold-weather getaway. Luckily, we've got 5 steps to help you prepare for the elements.
Step One: Suitcase or Backpack?
Packing for a winter trip can be bulkier compared to other types of outings. So, what's the best type of bag to take on a winter trip? Well, backpacks and suitcases both have their pros and cons. Let's compare and contrast them so you can decide which pack is right for you.
Pros: Spacious, easy to access, durable in transit, keeps valuables safe
Cons: Easier to over-pack, can be harder to transport (particularly up stairs and long distances)
Conclusion: With many different kinds of suitcases on the market, it’s hard to know which suitcase will do you the most justice. After lots of research, we recommend investing in a hard-shelled suitcase that is lightweight, durable and easy to move around. If you're looking for your suitcase soulmate, Luggage Online has a sale page with weekly sales and closeout deals, so you can compare different brands and find what you need without breaking the bank.
Pros: Makes you limit your packing, very mobile, easy to store
Cons: May strain your back, restrictive in space
Conclusion: Unlike suitcase shopping, it can be beneficial to buy a backpack in-store so that you can try it on. It's important to find a well-fitting backpack to prevent back strain. You also want to consider what size and features on a pack are suitable for you. Combination backpacks have wheels and a collapsible handle, giving you the freedom and versatility to wheel a pack through airports and put it on your back later. Backpacks designed for hiking will have useful waist straps to help you distribute the weight in a more comfortable way.
Step Two: Pack the Essentials
Once you've chosen your ideal bag, it’s time to fill it with clothes. The best way to pack for a winter adventure is to start with the absolute essentials. These will be your warmest (and your bulkiest) items.
- Base Layers: Layering up is your saviour on cold-weather excursions. Stick to materials such as cotton and wool as they will keep you the warmest and most comfortable. Activewear such as thin leggings can also provide lightweight warmth.
- Warm Coat: We advise packing a longer, slightly oversize coat. This will let you layer comfortably underneath.
- Weatherproof Jacket: Invest in a really good waterproof and windproof jacket, so you are ready to face the elements.
Step Three: Warm Accessories
- Scarves: Scarves can dress up an outfit for men and women alike. When its windy and cold, there's nothing like a scarf to keep your body toasty.
- Gloves: Gloves are so small, there's no reason not to pack them. Plus, they'll keep your hands warm no matter where you go. For a classy look that's waterproof, consider a pair of leather or vegan leather gloves.
- Hat: Heat rises. On a cold day, much of your body heat will be exiting through your head, so put a hat on there and keep it in! Consider a knitted beanie that's big enough to pull over your ears.
- Socks: Nothing is worse than freezing feet! Pack 3-4 pairs of nice, thick socks to keep your feet cosy.
Step Four: Choose Your Shoes Wisely!
Shoes are one of the bulkiest items you'll pack, so choose them wisely. A warm pair of boots is a must for winter survival. If you have room, bring along a pair of slippers or a pair of dress shoes. Just remember that warmth is your priority.
Step Five: Consider Insuring Your Bags
Whether you're a novice traveller or an experienced globe-hopper, insuring your luggage can give you peace of mind. You'll get the best protection for luggage and personal effects with a traveller's insurance package plan.
Winter clothes can be bulky, so here's a few tips on how to pack them:
- Roll your clothes instead of folding them - it will save you so much space!
- Packing a camera or other small electronics? Stuff them inside a hat or a pair of thick socks for some extra cushion during transit.
- When packing a backpack, make sure weight is evenly distributed.
- Invest in packing squares - they force you to stay more organized!
Go Make Your Winter Dreams Come True!
Now that you're all packed and ready to go, you can look forward to the adventure ahead!