Packing Tips For Winter Travel

Travelling in the winter offers a lot of advantages, the prices will usually be cheaper and there will be fewer crowds. However, the cold weather means that you will need to bring your coat, sweaters, scarves, warm socks, gloves and other accessories. Here are some packing tips for winter travel to make it easier to pack light.

Packing Tips for Winter Travel: Newfoundland, Canada
Newfoundland, Canada

Packing Tips for Winter Travel

If you are packing for a winter trip to a cold destination, whether it is Toronto, Paris or London, here are some packing tips for winter travel you can keep in mind when organising your suitcase:

  • Think about your destination and activities. Will you be enjoying outdoor sports or staying mostly indoors visiting your family? Will you be walking around the city or going to a fancy dinner or a party? Think ahead so that you can choose the clothing that fits with your activities.
  • Always bring dual purpose items that can be worn with more than one outfit. Everything you bring should have at least two uses, or more if possible.
  • Make sure that you stick with a coherent colour scheme, so that every piece of clothing you bring with you can be paired with any other item in your pack. This way you can mix and match to create different outfits.
  • Avoid bringing clothes that are dry clean only – it’s too much hassle when you are on the road.
  • The best solution for staying warm during winter travel is layering. Bring thin sweaters, button downs, long sleeve shirts and cardigans that you can layer on when you go outside and take off one by one while you get warm indoors.
  • Wear your bulkiest coat on the plane so that you don’t have to make room for it in your luggage. You can fold it up and stuff it in the overhead baggage, or use it as a blanket if you get cold on your trip.
  • For the ladies, thick tights are great for winter travel. They can be rolled up very small and you can wear them under a dress when you want to go somewhere formal.
Packing Tips for Winter Travel: Hitchhiking in Canada
Hitchhiking in Canada
  • Roll your clothes – they will take up a lot less room in your luggage.
  • Use the empty spaces in your luggage, such as inside your shoes, to stuff in t-shirts and underwear.
  • Consider using a backpack rather than wheeled luggage. In winter weather the ground will be icy, wet and snowy so you run the risk of having to drag your luggage through the slush and getting it wet.
  • Scarves are great winter travel items – they are small, they will keep you warm and they can make an outfit feel exciting and different.
  • Don’t forget a small travel umbrella and a waterproof jacket that you can fold up to be very compact – it will rain a lot in most of Europe in the winter.
  • You lose a lot of heat from your head and hands, so taking gloves and a hat with you will go a long way to keep you warm.

Keep these packing tips for winter travel in mind whenever you plan for next getaway!

About Kelly Dunning


A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word. She and her English boyfriend Lee run, packed full with travel guides, stories and inspiration for those who dream of travel. They have been location independent and travelling the world digital-nomad style for the last three years, with no address, no car and no fixed schedule.

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