How to Pack for a Winter Vacation

Perhaps you're looking forward to a winter vacation much like the one I've described. If it's your first time traveling in the winter, you may be wondering what you need to bring along with you. Will a heavy winter parka take up too much room in your suitcase? Where can you find a pair of comfortable boots suitable for the cold weather? If these types of questions are haunting you, fear not. Here's some winter vacation packing tips that will help you make the most of your travel adventure.

Layer Up

It's no secret that a winter vacation will be cold as cold can be. With that being said, you are going to want to pack clothing items that provide extra layers to keep your body heat from escaping when you're trekking through the snow. For example, boot socks can be a perfect way to add extra heat to your most comfortable boots. Or leggings can be worn under your jeans for an extra layer of warmth around your leggings. Consider what you have in your closet and find creative ways to use them as extra layers on your trip.

Think Compact but Cozy

No need to overpack for a winter vacation! You may have limited suitcase space, but that does not mean you can not pack cozy clothes that will keep you warm and comfortable all day long. Whether you're doing special vacation shopping, or just raiding your closet at home, make sure to look for clothing that's compact but cozy. Also, find items that go with everything so you can wear them every day you're on your trip. For example, an insulated but lightweight coat or a pair of wedge boots will go a long way in keeping your suit light and easy to carry.

Do not Forget the Essentials

If you're going to a colder climate, you'll need to pack the essentials. And by essentials, we mean the things that will help you ward off frostbite, and keep you nice and toasty for your winter vacation. Be sure not to forget your winter gloves, hat, scarf, earmuffs and a pair of warm, comfortable boots. Having these items with you is essential, and you will not want to waste time buying them while you're on your trip. Do not leave home without them, and you'll spend less time worrying about catching pneumonia and more time enjoying your winter vacation.

Pick Warm, Comfortable Boots

Despite noting this before when speaking about essentials, the need for warm, comfortable boots is definitely something worth repeating. You will not want to get cold feet on your trip, and keeping your dogs nice and toasty is how you keep frostbite at bay. There are a variety of different winter boots on the market today, and it can be very easy to get wrapped up in all your choices. If you plan to do a lot of walking, you'll want to make sure you're looking for a pair of comfortable boots. If you're looking for a little bit of heel, we recommend going with wedge boots – they're a great way to give you an extra bit of height and style without sacrificing your comfort.

We hope you enjoy your fun-filled winter vacation! Follow these tips and you'll be all set for a great time. Make sure to take lots of pictures!