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Essential Things To Pack For A Winter Vacation

It’s your first-time travelling for a winter vacation. You’re thinking of surroundings covered in plain-white snow and chilly weather. You might be thinking of the different activities you wanted to do while you’re there. However, have you thought about the things you need to pack? Winter clothes are bulky and could take a lot of space in your luggage. This could lead you to bring a lot of stuff which makes travelling a hassle. In this article, I’ll be giving you some of the best tips that could help you pack light for your winter vacation.


These tips will help you choose the essential things you need to pack to make your vacation more efficient. From gloves to boots, to jackets and beanies. Here are the 4 things you need to pack for a winter vacation.

Plan Your Trip And Organize


Well, this is one of the most obvious and helpful winter trip tips I could give. This gives you a chance of preventing mistakes and will give you a better chance of picking the right things to pack. This is easy especially if you’re travelling alone. All you have to do is to plan all the activities you’re going to do once you’re at the destination. This will give you an idea about the things to pack and how much. You can leave your winter sports gears as most ski parks provide gear rentals. This includes helmets, goggles etc.

Bring Sunscreen


Although bringing sunscreen on your cold-weather vacation seem confusing, this could protect you from skin damage. Snow combined with the heat of the sun leads to skin damage. It’s best to bring your favourite sunscreen with you, lip balms are also necessary, as well as sunglasses. It’s also wise to buy sunscreen at your destination if your travelling with carry-on bags only.  

Pack In Layers


Now I know this is the thing you’ve been waiting for. My tip on how to pack light for a winter vacation. To be honest, it’s simple. Preparing and organizing your trip and plans beforehand will do the trick. If you’re done with that, this packing process will be a lot easier.

  • For the base layer: Do not start by packing large sweaters. Instead, go for light clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and other clothing with wool and polyester material. Hats, beanies, scarfs and gloves should also be placed here.  
  • The second layer goes to pants: Depending on how long your vacation will be, packing too much is unnecessary. Since you’re going on a winter vacation, your pants will most likely be thick and bulky. It’s best to bring fewer pants which will make travelling a lot efficient.
  • The upper layer goes to your bulky and heavy items: sweater, jackets and boots should go on the upper layer. This makes it easier for you to pull them out.

If you insist on bringing a lot of items on your travel, I suggest rolling your thin clothing before you pack them. Rolling your shirts, leggings and other light items increases luggage space, giving you more room for more items.

Pack and Layer Up

It’s best to layer up before your flight. This makes packing more efficient. Layering means putting on multiple clothes that could help you stay warm in your cold destination. This is one of my personal favourites. It helps increase space and makes travelling efficient. To be honest, while going to cold weather destinations increases your urge to bring bulky and heavy stuff; bringing lots of lighter items is the wisest choice.


Wear multiple thick clothing. Leggings, shirts, sweaters and top it all with your largest jacket. You can also wear a scarf to give yourself a stylish finish. This will not only help you keep warm once you reached your destination, but will also help you fight the plane’s chilly air-conditioning system.  


Bottom line is, the things you have to pack for a winter vacation doesn’t have to be a lot. It’s wise to pack light than bringing heavy and bulky items. This will make your winter vacation more efficient, exciting and fun. Try these tips and see the difference. These also apply for regular travellers regardless of the season. Got any ideas and suggestions? Feel free to comment below.

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