The Ultimate Winter Packing List for Your Trip Away
More and more people are discovering the joys of winter travel. Package deals for Christmas breaks and winter adventures are selling far better than they
used to. Travellers are slowly realising that they need not let inclement weather stop them from enjoying themselves. All you need to do is to pack a bit differently to still be able to get out and about on cold or wet days.
The right footwear
It is really important to include a comfy pair of boots on your winter packing list. This style of footwear will keep your feet dry and warm. When buying
yourself a pair, try to take a practical approach. There is no point in choosing boots that look wonderful, but do not really keep your feet warm and
comfortable. Pay particular attention to the soles. Potentially, when you travel you will have to wait around for transport and things like that. If the soles are
too thin you will soon start to feel very cold.
A good coat
You also need the right type of coat. It should be waterproof and wind resistant. Try to find one that has a little piece of fabric that runs over the front
of, or behind, the zip. This little feature really does make a huge difference because it stops the wind getting in. If possible buy one that is not made from very heavy fabric. That way if you need to put it in your suitcase you can. Also, look for one that has enough pockets including one on the inside that you can put items like your passport into. You really need to be able to zip it closed. This makes it far harder for pickpockets to get at your valuables.
Hats and gloves
Even if you do not wear a hat and gloves at home buy a lightweight set for your travels. That way, if you should experience travelling delays and have to
wait around for hours you will be able to keep your extremities warm enough.
Try to dress in layers
Perhaps the biggest mistake people make the first time they go away in the winter is to take too many thick clothes. Provided you buy high-quality clothes, with good insulating properties, you will be able to wear much lighter clothing and still be able to stay warm. Of course, you will need a couple of jumpers, but really what you should be doing is packing t-shirts and tops that you can wear a warm shirt over the top, as well. That way on really cold days you will be wearing at least four layers of clothing, including your coat.
Think about layering your bottom half too. You do not necessarily have to wear thermal underwear to be able to do this. A good pair of leggings or jogging bottoms can work just as well. The added advantage of this approach is that you can wear these items, in the evening, when you want to stay around the hotel or dine in a nearby restaurant. If you are not used to dressing in layers at home, this article will prove useful. It explains everything you need to know about choosing the right type of clothes for layering.