As much as I love jetting off to warmer tropical climates come the wintertime, I also do really enjoy winter getaways. Whether you’re obsessed with snow sporting adventures or prefer to hibernate in a cozy cabin, winter vacations are a wonderful way to bond with your travel partners and to take in the beauty of nature. However, no matter where you go, packing for a winter vacation can be quite the challenge. That’s why I am here to make your life easier. Read on for my ultimate packing list for your next winter getaway.
This item might be a no-brainer but I thought I would mention it regardless. If you had to splurge on anything to pack for a winter trip, a coat would definitely be the wisest choice! As the outer layer, your jacket needs to do a good job of protecting you from the snow, harsh winds and freezing temperatures. When shopping, be sure whichever one you choose is waterproof and heavily insulated.
One cozy winter trend that the world can seemingly not get enough of this season is sherpa. This textured fabrication is continually spotted on the inner linings of jackets, on handbags, and even in shoes. The sherpa popularity during winter makes total sense though, as it is inherently cozy and warm. Maximize this cold weather trend by styling it with your jeans to further elevate your outfit. Everything from a fully sherpa jumper to a sherpa vest looks seasonally appropriate and effortless. It also ties in that highly coveted aprés chic aesthetic into your outfit as well.
If you are going on a winter getaway, chances are you will spend a portion of your time in the great outdoors. The most essential clothing items come down to the pieces no one will even see! Tight-fitting thermal shirts and leggings are the key to staying warm all day long. They can easily be worn underneath sweaters, shirts, jeans and more. I would stock up on everything from thermal leggings to long sleeves – just ensure they are breathable so you don’t overheat.
After putting on your thermals, what do you layer overtop? Sweaters! When packing, make sure you don’t reach for just the cutest sweaters in your wardrobe because it is important to choose wisely. Opt for sweaters comprised of wool or cashmere because these fabrications can keep you a lot warmer than any poly or acrylic blend. This is what I usually pack the most of.
Cold Weather Accessories
In addition to all the bigger clothing items necessary for a winter getaway, don’t forget the small accessories as well! Cozy knit beanies, heavy duty gloves, chunky scarves, and thick socks can make or break your outdoor adventure. Trust me, if your extremities are the first to get cold, it won’t take long before your whole body freezes up. Fortunately, they’re small enough and can easily be tucked away or stowed in your handbag.
Jeans & Joggers
Jeans go without saying. However, there will be days where you just want to be comfy and that’s where packing joggers come into play. Plus, they’re great for traveling in. I’ll usually only pack one or two pairs of casual bottoms and then a few pairs of jeans that I can rotate through. Try not to overpack in this department since it can weigh down your luggage. You really want to save room for knits.
A warm, waterproof boot with tread will be a life saver if you’re trekking through snow. Sorel and Timberland are one of the best brands out there and is definitely worth the investment. They will definitely keep your toes warm and protected when it gets much colder out. If you are looking for a cheeper alternative, I bought mine pink boots from Deichmann at a really reasonable price.