Packing Tips for a Winter Vacation

Travelling to a chilly destination this winter? Get some tips from one of our Community Partners, Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters, on the best way to maximize your packing space!

Packing for winter getaways can be a challenge. With heavier clothing and boots, packing light seems to go out the window. Here are some tips and essential items to help you remain organized and not pack over the weight limit.

  1. Wear a pair of all-weather boots while traveling to and from your destination. These should be your heaviest duty shoes good for snow, rain, and cold weather.
  2.  Think in terms of layers. Instead of packing bulkier sweaters or jackets, pack items that can be used as layers as these don’t take up as much space. A good quality base layer is key. Merino wool or an athletic tee/tank will provide a quick-drying and odor absorbing layer that can be worn multiple times in a row or will dry fast if hand washed. Pairing thin layers on top of this will allow you to adapt to temperature fluctuations and will be easier to pack.
  3. Use your coat as a blanket, pillow, or seat cushion while traveling. A puffy jacket is perfect for this and even if it has to be packed it will compress down small. Otherwise take a fleece and a packable waterproof rain jacket. 
  4. Compression sacs are your friend! Use them to compress jeans, coats, dirty clothes, hats, gloves and scarves. These are fantastic space savers.
  5. Sockwell socks are made of a lightweight (but warm) merino wool that wicks away moisture and prevents odors so you can wear them more than once. You can wear the compression socks for your flight each way and they also make great ski socks.
  6. Start with a lower weight bag . They are extremely lightweight while giving you a large amount of packing space.

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