packing for a wintertime trip

5 Winter Getaway Must-Haves

Summer road trips might get all the glory, but winter getaways also offer a chance to escape and have a little fun, whether that is at a ski resort or a city hotel. But packing when it's cold outside can be challenging—how can you bring everything you need without lugging a massive bag around?

These five winter getaway fashion must-haves are the key to prepping for some time away in style this winter. Add them to your list and get ready to have some fun!

A Packable Jacket

Winter jackets can be tricky for traveling, especially if your getaway is taking you from somewhere cold to somewhere warm and back again (shout out for beach vacations!). Why is that?

Because at some point during your travel, you're going to have to face the elements, even if it's just as you rush from your car to the check-in line at the airport. While you're somewhere warm, however, you won't need the coat, so it's ideal to have one that won't take up your whole suitcase (or the whole hotel closet) while you're on the road.

A packable jacket made with ultra-light insulation gives you the warmth of well-insulated outwear, without the bulk of a traditional winter coat.

Workhorse Gloves

If your trip isn't taking you somewhere tropical, there's a good chance that you'll want to keep those fingers warm while you explore and have your winter adventures.

Pretty and practical winter gloves help keep your outfit looking great in vacation photos. Seek out pairs that have unique abilities like touchscreen-enabling fingertips that'll make it possible to check directions on your cellphone or take a selfie without taking off your gloves.

Mix-and-match layers

You already know that wearing layers is the key to battling cold weather with style. But you might not have thought of this super trick for layering while you're taking a winter getaway: Choose a color scheme or fashion theme for your trip and only pack coordinating layers to wear during your trip.

By having clothing that all works along a similar theme, you not only increase your ability to adjust to the temperature because you have more options for layers to add, but you also have more options to mix-and-match into new outfits without overpacking.

For example, you might choose red as your wardrobe's fashion theme. Then you'll only pack items that will work together with that color—turtlenecks, women's shawls and wraps, and women's winter vests that go with red as your theme.

You'll be able to swap items to create outfits that can take you from a cozy breakfast through colder daytime adventures and right up until elegant after-dinner drinks at the bar.

Shoes with Grip

Like winter coats, women's winter boots are a necessity for a cold season getaway—even if it's just to keep your feet warm and dry (with some traction!) when you return home from the airport after your flight from the tropics. As with winter coats, cold-weather shoes can be bulky, which means they can take up a lot of space in a suitcase.

There are two key strategies you can use when you're traveling in winter to limit the bulk of your footwear. First, wear the biggest shoes you need for your trip so that you don't have to squeeze them into your luggage. Second, bring the smallest warmth-providing, wetness-fighting, and ground-gripping shoes you can for the trip.

Consider mid-calf boots or even waterproof mocs if you're not planning to spend much time out in the cold while you travel. But don't skimp on covering your cold-weather footwear bases; nothing can ruin a day in the snow quite as quickly as freezing wet feet or a slip on the ice

Cozy-Cute PJs

Whether you're staying in a luxury five-star hotel or a rustic cabin in the woods, it's almost impossible to predict from home what the temperature in your room is going to be at bedtime in your destination. This is especially true in the wintertime, where heating and outdoor temperatures can vary widely.

Prepare to sleep easy by bringing comfortable women's pajamas that are flexible. They'll keep you warm if the room is too cold, but they can also breathe enough to keep you comfortable if your room is a little toasty. Flannel makes a great option for this, especially if you choose pajamas that are loose and relaxed.

If this winter getaway involves the whole family, there's an extra reason to think about your PJs in advance. You can make bedtime a special family bonding event by choosing a set of matching family pajamas that will help everyone get a good night's rest—not to mention look pretty great in a group photo of the trip too!

Wherever you go this winter, these suitcase staples will have you looking good and keeping warm, too.

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