Top 7 Tips for Packing for a Cold Weather Vacation

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Going on vacation to a cold weather destination can make for an incredibly beautiful and memorable trip. The packaging, however, can seem complicated. Here are 7 tips for preparing your luggage for a trip to a cold or snowy place that will make the process easier!

Top 7 Tips for Packing for a Cold Weather Vacation

1. Layer

One of the best ways to stay warm and reduce storage space is to use thermal clothing and overlays to your advantage. Thermal underwear will not only keep you warm, but will also take up much less space than multiple layers.


2. Bring two pairs of shoes for traveling

This one is for those traveling by car. More than likely, you will be trudging through snow (or slush) at some point during your trip. And if you’re also going to be spending hours or days in your car, having to wear boots (or worse, wet shoes) can be uncomfortable at best. Consider bringing an extra pair of comfortable shoes such as slippers, as well as a trash can or bag to store your outdoor shoes. This will not only ensure that you are dry and comfortable while driving, but also that any slush or ice on your shoes will not result in a soggy car floor.

Bring two pairs of shoes for traveling

3. Hand warmers are your friend

At some point, you may find that your body heat, even with thermal layers and clothing, does not keep you warm enough. Air-activated hand and foot warmers are a great solution to this. They are economical and easy to pack. Best of all, it’s simple to use – just open the package and slip the warmers into your gloves, pockets or boots for some extra warmth.

Grand canyon in winter

4. Take a first aid kit before your adventure

This is especially applicable if you’re traveling by car (or anywhere else on your own, like a winter hike), although it’s still not a bad idea to have a first aid kit handy even if you are just staying in a hotel. Because many snowy destinations can be further away, having bandages and other supplies on hand can be handy or even life-saving.

Take a first aid kit before your adventure

5. Bring a thermal blanket

Another safety tip – this one is also most relevant if you are traveling by car or doing anything in remote areas. Thermal blankets are cheap, easy to pack and provides great protection to keep you warm in case of car trouble or any other unexpected issues.

Bring a thermal blanket

6. Bring sunscreen

Sunscreen might be the last thing you think you’ll bring on a winter vacation in a snowy place, but if you’re doing anything outdoors, you’ll be glad you brought it. Winter cold can be deceiving when it comes to UV rays, and white snow can also create the perfect reflective surface. In addition, the cold will already have a drying effect on your skin, which can make it even more sensitive. Bring with you a bottle of sunscreen suitable for the face (remember to kill two birds with one stone and bring a moisturizer) to keep your skin healthy and safe.

Sunrise over the Sun Valley Mountains, Idaho

7. Invest in good shoes

Footwear can be one of the most overlooked aspects of any trip, but they’re arguably one of the most important if you’re traveling somewhere cold or snowy. Even if you don’t do a lot of outdoor activities, snow and slush can quickly seep through your shoes and, if nothing else, make your day quite uncomfortable and soggy. If you’re doing anything in the cold for long periods of time, the wrong footwear can be downright dangerous and increase the risk of frostbite or hypothermia. If there’s one thing you might consider splurging on, consider investing in some good quality waterproof boots or shoes.

Invest in good shoes

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