What to Pack on Your Winter Weekend Getaway

What to Pack on Your Winter Weekend Getaway

Winter is a season people either love or hate. Some folks despise the cold temperatures, the resulting need to bundle up, and the snow that may look pristine while falling but will rapidly turn to dirty, icy slush. Other individuals thrive in winter and eagerly await that first snowfall so they can head to the slopes. Still, others are ambivalent—hating the need to shovel snow and ice but enjoying weekend trips to enjoy winter activities. Whether this is your first winter trip or you’re an old hand at cold-weather travel, read on for some suggestions about what to pack on your winter weekend getaway.

Long Underwear

When packing for a winter weekend getaway, it’s a good idea to plan for the cold. One of the most effective ways to stay warm is to dress in layers. As you become more active, you can peel off your topmost garments, then add them back as the day turns to night and you cool down again. Start with a set of women’s thermals. Thermal underwear is designed to trap heat while wicking away moisture, thereby helping you to remain warm and dry throughout your day. Other base layers include sock and glove liners, which serve the same purpose for your toes and fingers, respectively.

Tops

Over your thermal shirt, you’ll want to add one or two tops. One cozy option is to put on a Henley shirt, then add your favorite flannel shirt on top. The multiple layers will help trap heat to keep your body from getting chilled. Should you start to feel too warm, simply shrug off your jacket, take off the flannel shirt and tie it around your waist, and then put your jacket back on.

If you prefer, wear a turtleneck under a pullover women’s wool sweater for added warmth if your destination is especially chilly. Choose a sweater in your favorite solid color, or opt for one with a design, such as a striped, argyle, or Fair Isle pattern.

Jeans

If you’re planning on spending your day on the slopes, you’ll just need to slip your ski pants over your thermal bottoms. But if you’re planning a more relaxing day, you’ll want to bring along a pair of jeans. In fact, even if you are planning an active day, you’ll still need to change out of your snow gear at some point. Given the temperature, though, it’s best to save the capris and cropped jeans for your spring or summer weekend getaway.

Make sure your jeans aren’t so snug that you can’t wear your thermal underwear as well. You may find you’re more comfortable in leggings, which are generally made from a fabric with a little more stretch than denim. If that’s the case, consider corduroy leggings, which are a little heavier and will provide a little more warmth.

Jacket

Whether you’re planning on spending your time engaging in winter sports such as skiing or snowboarding, taking a hike on a nearby trail, or meandering through the nearest town, you’ll need a women’s winter parka. Be sure to check your parka’s temperature rating. The further north or higher the elevation you are, the more protection your jacket will need to provide. Moreover, don’t forget to pack a hat, gloves, and scarf. It won’t matter how warm your torso is if your fingers or ears are numb from the cold.

Footwear

Sure, you’ll need special boots for skiing or snowboarding, but you won’t be on the slopes 24/7. Bring along appropriate footwear for other times. Whether that means regular winter snow boots, après ski boots, hiking shoes, sneakers, or something else, remember to pack what you need. In addition, bring a couple of extra pairs of warm socks. Should your feet get wet despite your best efforts to keep them dry, the extra socks will come in handy.

Swimsuit

Just because you’re going to a winter vacation spot doesn’t mean you won’t need a swimsuit. Even if the place you’re staying at doesn’t have a full-size swimming pool, there’s a pretty good chance it will still have a hot tub—an essential for relaxing sore muscles after a long day on the slopes. So, go ahead and pack your favorite bathing suit and be sure to use it should the opportunity arise.

Given the likelihood you’ll be sharing the hot tub with other guests, you’ll probably need a face mask; choose one made of swimsuit material so it won’t get soggy. Find out in advance if robes are provided in your room; if so, you can use them to trek to and from the hot tub. Otherwise, you may want to bring along a cover-up as well as a pair of flip-flops or shower shoes.

Personal Items

Don’t forget to pack personal items such as snow goggles or sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip balm. Snow reflects sunlight, causing glare, which can impede your vision; thus the need for goggles or sunglasses. You’ll need sunscreen because even though it’s winter, the higher latitude and elevation offer less protection from UV rays, so you can still get a sunburn. In addition, to help avoid windburn, you’ll want to bring lip balm and face protection cream.

Finally, check that your car’s service schedule is up to date, and be sure you have any items necessary for a winter trip, including a blanket or two, extra snacks, and a snow brush. If you’ll be in higher elevations, you may need snow chains. By ensuring your trip to your winter weekend getaway is as safe as possible, you will be free to enjoy your time away from home.

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