Traveling during the colder months of the year can pose something of a sartorial conundrum. You know that you need to stay warm, but you don't want to fill up an entire suitcase with puffy coats, thick sweaters, and heavy scarves, either. So what's the solution? Selecting the best of the best – the outerwear that's built to perform but won't take up loads of space inside your bags. Keep these suggestions in mind as you pack for your winter getaway; here is the best outerwear for extreme cold.
Two jackets? That's right. If you're headed to a ski resort, for example, then it makes sense to wear a lofty, thick coat that will see you through the majority of your trip in comfort. A long down coat is something you can easily wear onto a plane, train, or bus, and just as easily stow away (or use as a cozy blanket or pillow) on the way. You should also stash a packable jacket into your bag so you have something easy and lightweight to grab when you head out for dinner and don't want to overwhelm your entire outfit with a bulky piece of outerwear. Ideally, the jacket should fold into itself or come with its own case so that you can simply push it into your bag or sling it over your arm. In some cases, you may not need more than a single jacket, especially if it's not a freezing environment. Use your best judgment to determine what's most appropriate for where you're headed.
Layering is key to staying comfortable in any situation. You can wear a long-sleeve shirt or a turtleneck in dozens of ways. Pull on a pair of jeans or corduroy pants, layer a cardigan on top and tie a scarf around your neck; you could also wear one underneath a plush vest to lock in body heat and stay cozy throughout the day. You can even pull a turtleneck on beneath a dress if you want to break up the monotony of your cold-weather ensembles without sacrificing your comfort. Look for thick and substantial fabrics, like Supima cotton and fleece, which keep you toasty while being easy to layer.
If you do nothing else, make sure your wardrobe is equipped with at least one heavy-duty vest to see you through chilly days comfortably and stylishly. Why vests? There are just so many ways to make it a part of your travel repertoire. It's great to throw on over a long-sleeve top on a brisk but not freezing day. It's easy to wear one beneath a coat when you require some extra warmth and comfort, and it's perfect for locking in body heat when you absolutely need something toasty. Whether you're shopping for women's down vests or something slightly lighter yet still warm, such as fleece, you'll find abundant options to fit neatly into your travel plans. What makes them stand out? You'll love them primarily for their lightweight feel and vast color selection, which means you can trust them to be as comfortable as they are fashionable. Better still, you can easily transition a vest from one season to the next. Yes, you can wear your winter vest on a crisp spring day and then again in the fall – it's that versatile. Look for fabrics that are water-resistant so you don't have to worry about getting drenched if a little wet weather comes your way.
A few women's scarves are undoubtedly essential during wintertime, but they serve another purpose during your vacation, too. For a start, you can drape a women's scarf around your shoulders or position it over your body and wear it as a makeshift blanket when you're in the car or on public transportation. You can even roll it up and put it behind your neck or back for some additional support if you find that you're feeling sore or achy from sitting for hours. Moreover, scarves are exceptionally easy to roll up and pack; wear one during the trip and you'll have more than enough room to stash one or two more in your suitcase or even your purse. Making it even more appealing is the fact that scarves have the ability to transform your outfit! Look for bright colors to shake up your cold-weather wear. A jewel tone, for example, looks phenomenal peeking out from beneath a black or gray coat. The options are endless, and you'll love the way you can mix and match them with everything from long cardigans to vests to create fresh and appealing looks throughout your vacation.
If you end up needing to pack a few bulky items, or you just have a lot to take with you, consider using packing cubes or stuff sacks. Packing cubes come in many different colors, styles, and sizes. They are a great way to organize your suitcase and they help you pack like items together. They also compress those items down, a bit. If you need to take it a step further, consider stuffing bulkier items into compression or stuff sacks. This helps you minimize the amount of air in the jackets (and other items), therefore, making them smaller and easier to pack. Compression and stuff sacks also work well for blankets and pillows that you need to pack down.
If you're heading out of town this winter for a getaway, these wardrobe choices will keep you feeling toasty and looking great.