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A quick guide to help you pack light and keep warm while still looking good on your travels.
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Packing for a winter getaway is a tricky thing – you want to pack enough clothes to stay warm, without packing your entire closet and be weighed down by jackets, jerseys and boots.
Using a generic packing list only goes so far; you’ll have to go at it on a trial basis and see what works for you. That said, here are the basics on how to stay warm while travelling.
The basics usually stay the same, regardless of the season. Depending on the length of your trip, these include but are not limited to shoes, socks, underwear and outerwear.
Bulky socks might be ideal for lazing around the house, but not while travelling. Opt instead for three or four pairs of warm but lightweight socks.
While this article is mainly centred around clothes, don’t forget to pack other essentials like your passport, travel documents, chargers, money, power adapters and toiletries.
A pair of thermal leggings goes a long way. It doesn’t take up much space and can easily be worn under jeans or sweatpants. In addition, leggings can be worn under a shirt, or even double up as pyjamas.
Sweaters are nice for warmth but they are on the heavy side and takes up unnecessary space. It depends on the traveller, but ideally one bulky sweater would do, plus two lightweight cardigans or long-sleeved tops.
Shoes are a tricky subject too. While many travellers pack two or three pairs of shoes, I’m a firm believer in the one-pair-travel thing. A good pair of walking boots and trail-running shoes should get the job done.
Personally, I travel only with my trusty pair of Salomons. If my Salomons are not fancy enough for any particular establishment, that establishment is not worth my time. I prefer comfort over formality.
The fashion-conscious among us can spare a collective sigh of relief. Thanks to hats, gloves and scarves, you can still stay warm without losing your fashion cred.
Oh and beanies, don’t forget beanies. It’s lightweight, keeps your noggin warm and can be matched to your outfit. Other than that, I can’t offer much advice under this section.
My style is pretty much Jessica Jones crossed with Dean Winchester, meaning I travel with one pair of jeans, two leggings, three black t-shirts, and two long-sleeve plaid flannel shirts.
Don’t waste precious luggage space by packing everything. Wear the heaviest items – bulky jacket, boots, jeans – on the plane or train.
This tried-and-tested method will give you tons of extra room in your bag. Instead of folding, roll up your clothes before you pack them. Not only does this minimise empty gaps, but you’ll also reduce the amount of creasing.
Even if you’re going to a snowy destination, sunscreen is essential. It’s particularly important if you’re going skiing, where long days on the reflective slopes can lead to some serious sunburn.
Save space by packing lots of lighter items as opposed to three of four heavier items. You can still create that warm, cosy feeling by layering up, and you’ll have more options to mix and match outfits. Bonus!
Also read: How to prepare for a long-distance bus trip
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