Everybody knows that it’s essential to pack light when you go on vacation. After all, if you don’t then you are going to be miserable as you try to lug your bags around from hotel to hotel. The idea is to only bring the essentials so you can fit everything ideally into one bag. Twp at the most.
Traveling in winter is not easy since we often wear a lot more clothes. Going on a beach vacation is easy to pack for. Going on a ski trip involves a lot more effort to pack light. In this article, we will go over some essentials to keep in mind so you can pack well for your next winter vacation.
There are a lot of accessories that are going to help you stay warm when out on vacation but don’t necessarily have to take up a lot of space in your luggage. For instance, a good scarf made out of wool or knitted fabric is going to allow you to pack a less bulky coat. You’ll keep the back of your neck and your throat warm with the right scarf and it can take up a tiny bit of space.
Forego the hood on a jacket or coat and make sure to bring along a thin, yet thermal, hat. There are a lot of materials now that can keep your head warm and dry and still only need the thinnest of layers to do so.
This will allow you to take along your favorite pair of sheepskin slippers so you can stay warm even in a cabin or chilly hotel room.
Think in layers
You can easily get away with packing a thin coat instead of a bulky down one if you layer up properly. There are lightweight materials like merino wool that will keep you warm and also allow moisture to wick away from your skin, so you also stay dry. If you have a thin base layer of this Merino wool, then add a fitted sweater over it and a thin, Gore Tex coat over everything then you will be warm and move around with ease.
You can do the same for pants. Rather than thick jeans, think about taking some thin leggings and something to wear over them like some wool-lined tights or a long skirt.
If you need to pack a second pair of shoes or boots, then think about how you are going to use them. For instance, if you are thinking you need boots because you will be walking in areas that are going to be icy, then consider getting studs to clamp onto your shoes. This is more effective than any tread a shoe would have and takes up almost no space in your bags.
Also, try to use any shoes or boots that you pack for extra storage areas. Put rolls of socks inside and that avoids them taking up space in the luggage area.