I know that most people opt to travel during the summer months. The good weather and longer days allow you to enjoy the sights, and get out more. I understand why people travel more in the summer, but I also enjoy winter travel. During the colder months, there are fewer people around, so you do not have to contend with any crowds. The cost of accommodation and tickets tends to fall during those months too.
However, one thing I am not so keen on is packing for a winter trip. It is nowhere as easy as it is to pack for a summer break. The problem is that you need warm clothes, which means that it is hard to get it all in the case. Even if you can squeeze it in, staying under the weight limit is still a challenge. Now if an experienced traveller like me struggles, I know you do too, so below I am going to share a few of my favourite winter packing tips with you.
Pack in advance
The first tip is to pack well in advance. That way if you realise your favourite jumper is too bulky you can slip out and buy a lighter one. This is a far better option than arriving at the airport looking like the Michelin man, because you have had to wear so many layers to be able to take the clothes you need with you. Of course, wearing some of your bulkier items is a good tip, but you do not want to have to take things too far.
When it comes to knitwear, opting for natural fabrics is best. These regulate your body temperature better. A cashmere jumper will keep your far warmer than a polyester one does. That means you can opt for a lighter one, which will take up less space and weigh less.
Now I know that dressing gowns are not on most people’s pack list, but I usually take one when I travel in the winter. Hotel heating is a bit hit and miss. Sometimes you cannot get warm enough. In that situation, being able to put on a dressing gown over the top of your pyjamas means you can usually get warm enough to be able to sleep properly.
If you are using a service like Airbnb, you will be staying in a private home. In that situation, a dressing gown is essential for the sake of comfort and modesty.
The best option is a gown wrap. They are light and compact, so do not take up a lot of space.
If I am travelling in the autumn, I will normally take a pair of soft shoes and wear a pair of ankle boots on the journey. In the winter months, I usually wear knee high boots. These are comfortable, support your feet when walking and will help to keep you warm. Try to avoid putting them in your case. If you have to do so use the space wisely by stuffing the foot part with small soft items like socks, or underwear.
Those are just a few of my winter packing tips. If you like this post please let me know in the comments, and I will try to write more if that is what my readers want.