There’s no denying that planning for any type of vacation can get a little stressful. From booking a hotel to arranging transportation to figuring out your itinerary to packing your suitcase, there is undoubtedly a lot to think about. The one thing that drives people forward is the promise of a relaxing getaway. But the planning process doesn’t have to be overwhelming. With careful planning, it can even be easy! To lighten the load for you, we have come up with a checklist of all the clothing items and other accessories you will likely need on your upcoming winter getaway.
If your winter getaway consists of cold temperatures and lots of snow, then you are going to need to pack a reliable, heavy-duty winter coat. A puffer coat is always a safe bet; it feels like walking around in a sleeping bag, and it's super stylish. Depending on your preferences and the temperatures, you might like a basic puffer coat, a puffer parka, or a full-length puffer coat—bonus points for a puffer coat with a fuzzy, warm, detachable hood.
Pack a handful of your favorite knit sweaters for your getaway. Since it’s winter, focus on bright, festive colors like burgundy and green. There’s no rule that says you have to pick a specific type of sweater: turtleneck cashmere sweaters, oversized sweaters, cashmere cardigan button-ups... they’re all great for a winter getaway, considering they will all keep you warm and stylish.
Sweaters are great, but sometimes you need two layers. In that case, pack plenty of first layers, like long-sleeved henleys, and second layers, like flannel shirts and super-soft fleece jackets. Obviously, it’s not comfortable to spend your time indoors bundled up in a giant women’s winter parka. Having multiple thick layers to work with will ensure you are comfortable and don’t have to overthink what you are going to wear.
It goes without saying that the winter season means wearing way more clothing than you would during the summer. Pack warm winter gloves, a winter hat, and scarves. It’s also a good idea to pack more socks than you would normally use and even consider wearing two pairs of socks, especially if you are going to do a lot of winter hiking or skiing and snowboarding at a resort.
Whether you are driving to your winter vacation destination in a cold climate or you like to be extra toasty in your vacation rental, it’s a good idea to pack a thick, warm blanket. This is especially important if you plan to drive in winter weather. In the event you experience car problems along the way, you’ll want to stay bundled up in proper winter attire and a thick blanket if you need to wait for roadside assistance. Aside from practical reasons to travel with a good quality blanket, having your very own blanket to wrap up in by the fireplace in a quintessential cottage or log cabin makes everything that much more cozy.
You are going to want to have a few warm first layers packed for your winter getaway. Why stop at long-sleeved henleys? Work with the styles and materials that feel most comfortable to you. Having two or three thermal layers will ensure you are warm at all times, indoors and outdoors. It’s especially important to have thermal layers if your winter vacation will consist of a lot of outdoor activities like cross-country skiing or snowmobiling.
Depending on how warm your hotel room or vacation rental will be, you may be able to get away with lounging about indoors in just a pair of leggings. But when you venture outdoors, you’ll likely need two layers on the bottom. We put a lot of emphasis on layering up on top, but we can’t forget how important it is to layer on the bottom as well. If you don’t have any in your closet, invest in a few pairs of fleece-lined leggings that you can slip jeans or snow pants over. You'll thank us later!
Lastly, you can’t go into any snowy environment without a high-quality pair of thick, waterproof winter boots. Check your winter footwear collection to see if you need to add or replace snow boots ahead of your vacation. If you are going out to dinner or visiting art galleries, you can always carry a second pair of shoes in your bag to change into once you are out of the cold, snowy weather.
With this list, you will find packing for your winter vacation to be a breeze!