Winter Travel Essentials

Winter Travel Essentials

As with the summer packing list, we recommend taking a look at our Complete International Travel Checklist first. Once you’ve done that, you can use this compilation of winter travel necessities to tailor your luggage to a cold-weather destination. For additional help, simply review some of the tips we have included at the end.

Winter Travel Necessities

Winter Travel Clothes

  • Thermal Bases: This includes tops and bottoms. Layering is important for low temperatures, and thermal bases are a part of the travel necessities that provide a perfect foundation from which to build off
  • Mid Layers: These will go between your coat and your thermal base, and will most often be sweaters. Items made out of wool or cashmere work best, as they retain heat and wick moisture
  • Winter Coat: This could be considered the most important part of your outfit. Make sure that your coat is water-resistant, has a decent weight, and is not too tight (you are going to need room underneath for your layers). Being windproof, having a hood, and being at least hip length are also desirable traits
  • Warm Pants: For your outer layer, you’ll need pants that are warm, comfortable, and water resistant. Most ski pants will fit these criteria, so look at those and find some you fancy
  • Warm Socks: Having thermal socks is an important part of any winter outfit. They’ll work with your boots to keep your feet warm
  • Warm Pajamas: It’s a good idea to bring along long-sleeved pajamas that will keep you comfortable at night

Best Accessories for Winter Travel

  • Scarf: It may not seem like much, but a simple scarf goes a long way when it comes to protecting your neck while you’re outside
  • Waterproof Gloves: Freezing fingers have been the end of many cold weather activities, and are miserable to deal with. Make sure to pack a pair of thinner gloves to wear under your traditional mittens or winter gloves
  • Waterproof Boots: Get yourself a pair of waterproof boots that will keep your feet nice and warm. There are many stylish winter boots to choose from, so looking nice won’t be a problem
  • Hat: While the common belief that you lose most of your heat through your head isn’t true, an uncovered head is still a bad idea. It doesn’t matter what specific design it is, but you want to make sure you have a winter hat to keep your head and ears warm
  • Balaclava: Using a balaclava is a great way to protect your face from the biting cold, and is an essential part of the travel necessities for your winter vacation
  • Goggles: If you plan on skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding, or even snowshoe hiking, goggles will keep snow out of your eyes, while also reducing the glare of the sun
  • Polarized Sunglasses: Sunlight reflects off snow, and it can damage your eyes. A pair of polarized sunglasses will help keep your eyes safe while you’re walking around

Travel Toiletries Essentials

  • Lip Balm: Winter weather means dry lips. Avoid the discomfort by applying some lip balm
  • Moisturizer: Your skin dries out easier in cold temperatures, so take some moisturizer along to get it back to normal


Useful Tips to Keep in Mind

  1. Layering is a vital part of preparing to go outside during cold weather trips. You’ll almost always wear a thermal base layer and winter coat. The trick is deciding what mid layers, and how many, to put on before you go out. If it is extremely cold, a heavy sweater over a lighter wool pullover is probably best. If the weather is not as freezing, the wool pullover by itself could suffice
  2. The winter months are notorious for having mass amounts of delayed and canceled flights. You should consistently check your flight status so you don’t arrive at the airport to find out your flight had been canceled a few hours before
  3. Avoid cotton when choosing your clothing items. It tends to not hold heat as well as other materials such as polyester and fleece, and can also get wet quite easily
  4. Take a look at our guide on what to eat to prepare for a long haul flight. It will reduce the symptoms of jet lag
  5. Dressing for a winter vacation can seem dull, as the clothing items required to stay warm are designed more for purpose rather than looks. However, you can still show off your style by using items such as your hat and scarf to differentiate yourself.

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