Packing for a winter getaway can be challenging as the clothes you need are bulkier and take up more room. Winter escapes often have a couple of elements to them which include outdoor activities in frigid temperatures sometimes with snow and ice and indoor activities like spas, cosying up by the fire or dining in a fancy restaurant. In this post, we put together a stylish carry-on only packing list for a weekend winter escape.
Travelling for more than a weekend? Check out our Stylish Winter Packing List – 7 Days.
Winter Carry-on Only Packing List
The most common rule for packing for any winter vacation is dress in layers. Three layers to be exact which will ensure you keep your body warm. So we’ve divided up your necessities within these three layers.
First Layer – Insulation and Intimates
This first layer consists of your delicates and thermal wear which comes in direct contact with your skin. It is essential, especially if you are participating in winter sports to have the right type of thermal gear to keep you dry and warm.
Your base layer should include thermal underwear which insulates and keeps your body dry if you are sweating during activities like skiing, hiking, snowshoeing and ice skating for example. For escapes where you will be going indoors and out, where your body temperature will change frequently staying dry is even more critical. Pack extra socks as you don’t want to wear wet socks under any circumstance. Layering socks will also help keep your toes from getting frostbitten.
Second Layer – Fashion and Warmth
The second layer is the one people will see when you remove your coat or are indoors warming up. Like your first layer, it must also insulate and keep you dry. Winter packing should be about moving moisture away from your body. Moisture freezes, and we want to keep ourselves warm and toasty not wet and freezing.
Consider your weekend and make sure the items in your second layer can work for active outdoor activities or stylish dinners at the hotel. Pack like colours that you can mix and match.
For indoor activities consider packing a foldable pair of travel shoes which won’t take up too much room in your luggage and will be great for wandering inside the hotel.
The third layer consists of your winter coat, snow pants and other accessories which protect you from wind, rain and snow. You can style up this layer by choosing a winter coat with some colour or a fun pattern and match with a fun hat, scarf and gloves.
Make sure that all your accessories can protect you from wind, rain and snow. Got to a ski shop or sporting good store for a great selection of gear that is designed to keep your warm and dry. Keeping your hands warm is especially important. Gloves separate your fingers and can make your hands feel colder faster, while mittens keep your fingers together, which allows for body heat to keep your hands warm longer. If you are handling a camera where you need your fingers to be accessible, try a pair of thermal gloves (with a touch finger to allow you to access your smartphone) and pair it with a ski mitten overtop for warmth.
Snow pants and Winter Boots are a Fashion Statement during a winter escape. On ski getaways, your snow pants are a fashion standard worn by everyone. I’ve found that even on luxury winter escapes everyone is wearing their ski pants and clunky winter boots everywhere. So don’t think you need to pack your stylish boots for a winter getaway. Think chalet chic!
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How to Pack Winter Gear into a Carry-on Only Bag?
Need some tips for fitting your winter essentials into your carry-on luggage?
- Wear the more cumbersome and bulkier items of clothing on the plane.
- Use packing cubes to compress bulky items in your luggage.
- Pack scarves to dress up your outfit. Soft infinity scarves can be worn many ways and spruce up any outfit.
- Think about layering items in your wardrobe, long sleeve t-shirts can be worn with sweaters and leggings can double for thermal underwear.
- Colour match clothing so it can be worn both days and dressed up at night.
- Pack boots vs shoes when possible. Even for special events or evening attire, knee-high boots are better than shoes. Wear the knee-highs on the plane and pack a smaller pair of waterproof boots for day-to-day walking activities.
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