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Packing For Colder Climates? What You Do and Do Not Need To Pack

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If the thought of packing for colder climates gives you the chills, then you have come to the right place. I am here to tell you all about how to pack for a colder climate as this requires a little extra planning and finesse than your regular beach holiday or adventure break. So, strap yourself in for some seriously good travel tips when it comes to packing for cold weather!

Because It’s no secret to anyone that when winter arrives, many people tend to take advantage of the incredible discounts and promotions offered at that time of year.

However, those who have or want to plan a trip need patience and coordination to prepare their suitcase for the winter season.

That’s why I’m bringing you some winter packing tips that will help make packing for your next winter vacation just a little bit easier, especially if you’re doing some hiking in the winter. Because knowing what type of clothes to pack and what wear to your favorite European winter destination is a very real concern when planning. a trip to more northern latitudes in the middle of winter.

Packing for Colder Climates – Start With The Basics

Fresh snow fall on some trees and a rural road.

Winter can be a difficult time of year. But, packing for your next winter vacation doesn’t have to be with this handy guide.

Beyond the size of your suitcase and the amount of clothes that you bring, packing for colder climates does not have to be very complicated.

It also really doesn’t matter how you fold your shirts, pants, or winter coats since, chances are, they will probably occupy double or even triple, the amount of space than other types of clothing will.

Therefore, a good winter carry-on suitcase should be able to close completely when you place your final pair of socks inside and it is completely full.

In this instance, it is also important to assess the quantity and overall usefulness of the winter clothes that you are about to pack, prioritizing the clothes that will retain your body heat and help keep you warm.

So, like when packing for any trip,  it’s always a good idea to start with the basics, which include everyday clothing essentials like underwear, shirts, pants, toiletries, etc, That;’s why, regardless of my travel plans, I typically start by packing the following;

• Basic t shirts
• Sweatshirt/fleece/cardigan
• Casual Jeans
• Jacket

When packing your basics, it’s best to plan ahead a little and make sure that you can create coordinated outfits out of what you have, giving you the opportunity to style them however you like for the weather.

Depending on where I am going and what activities I plan on doing, I usually pack several personalized t-shirts from Banana Moon Clothing. You know, just to add a touch of subtle style to my everyday travel wardrobe.

Try Not To Double Up

Woman wearing a warm scarf and hat - all of which are essential when packing for colder climates.

When packing for your next winter vacation, don’t forget to pack a warm scarf and hat.

Winter clothes are usually made of thick and heavy materials that tend to take up infinitely more space than the summer variant of that garment.

Therefore, try not to take multiples of the same clothing item to help avoid running out of space in your suitcase.

And when it comes to many winter packing essentials, like a winter coat, you really only need one, Plus, when you do travel, try wearing your heaviest garments on your person. This way, you can avoid packing your bulkiest clothing – items that take up precious space in your luggage.

Now, if you’ve put together a basic wardrobe with all of your favorite travel essentials, you’ll be delighted to know that there are a wealth of hotels out there that will provide their clients with free thermal overalls and special boots that they can use for various winter activities like snow mobling, dog sledding, and skiing. So, definitely keep this in mind when packing for an upcoming trip and try not to overfill your luggage.

Because many of these items will be provided to you by your hotel and will help you endure the harsh winter cold. I mean, a lot of time, the thermal jumpsuit that they give you is made of a specialized fabric that is designed to conserve heat and that can be worn as part of your outer layer of clothing.

So, if you wear a jumpsuit like this, you definitely won’t need to wear a coat underneath it. Similarly, it is also possible that your hotel will have some special thermal, waterproof boots for you to wear.

Therefore, regardless of whether you choose to do an organized trip or go on your own, ask if the activities you’re doing include warm winter clothing rentals. And if they don’t, you might want to consider bringing some yourself. They will help immensely by preventing you from getting cold.

Cold Doesn’t Always Mean Wet

Holding a cup of hot cocoa during the winter.

Stop to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa during your next winter vacation.

Many people falsely assume that just because you’re traveling to a cold climate, you’ll encounter wet weather. but, that isn’t necessarily true, unless you’re traveling to the UK. Then you really are in for some wet weather. 

But, in some other destinations, you have to worry less about the snow and more about the sun while frequenting Christmas markets or doing a bit of skiing or snowboarding. So, don’t make this all too common mistake, and be sure to pack a pair of sunglasses and some suntan lotion if you’re traveling to a snowy place and plan on spending a great deal of time outdoors.

Because believe it or not, it’s important to protect your eyes and face from the sun’s reflective UV rays at high altitudes. And for more information on protecting yourself from the winter sun, give this helpful advice a read before you travel.

Finally, don’t forget to cover your neck with a thermal scarf and your head with a fleece-lined hat. In cold temperatures, mittens tend to be preferable since they allow fingers to share body heat, which helps keep them warm. You can also layer a pair of normal gloves with ski gloves if you want to keep your hands extra warm.

Another accessory that you may want to pack are ski goggles, or if not, sunglasses for strong wind or in case of a blizzard. And of course, a good coat. Because if you take all of these winter travel essentials with you when packing for a colder climate, you are sure to have an amazing trip.