Figuring out what to pack for a vacation is already hard enough, but throw in the fact that you’re heading to a winter wonderland and you’re job just got a little bit harder. It’s no secret that colder weather demands bulkier, heavier clothing to keep warm—which isn’t great if you’re trying to travel light. To help make packing for your winter vacation less daunting, try applying some of these travel wardrobe tips.
Layers, Layers, Layers
This is a typical winter wardrobe mantra and always a safe bet when it comes to traveling. The colder months are known for their erratic behavior—one day it can be painfully chilly and the next day it’s not so bad. So, being able to layer your clothing is helpful. It may be freezing outside, but you’ll likely want to shed a couple layers once you go back inside—especially if you’re wearing a thick coat.
Pack Thin, But Warm Materials
A set of lightweight merino wool or silk thermal underwear will be your secret weapon—you can wear them under anything! These types of materials will take up less space in your bag and will keep you warm, so you’ll need fewer layers. Plus, they can double as sleepwear.
The same rule can be used for socks, too. Thinner socks are a great space saver and dry faster. The latter is important so that you can hand wash them every few days if necessary. Check out Smartwool® hiking socks—they’re affordable, versatile and keep your feet nice and warm.
Stick to the Same Color Scheme
To get the most out of your travel clothes, pick a neutral color palette, such as blacks/grays or browns/tans. That way, you can leverage one piece in many different ways by mixing and matching your tops and bottoms.
Don’t Forget Warm Accessories
For the coldest climates, you’ll need accessories like gloves, scarves, tights, and a hat. Winter colors tend to be darker in nature, so use your accessories as a way to add some color and pizazz to your winter travel wardrobe.
Bring Practical Shoes
Unless there is a particular reason why you might need bring heels, practical is usually better when it comes to travel shoes. To save room in your luggage, choose a basic pair of boots that can be dressed up or down. They need to mix and match with everything and comfort is key. Plus, boots will keep your feet warm, which will greatly influence the enjoyment of your stay. Depending on the itinerary of your trip, throw in a pair of sneakers or flats for some variety.
Now, all you need to do is go have fun on your vacation! And don’t worry if you forget something, you can likely find everything you need once you get to your destination.