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What to Pack if You’re Traveling This Winter

Winter has arrived, which means ski trips and warm fires with hot cocoa. Like every vacation, packing for the trip can be the most difficult part. You never want to arrive unprepared or forget an essential item at home. 

Obviously “winter” is a little bit different depending on your destination. Some parts of the country can reach below freezing while other areas have a more mild winter. When figuring out what to pack you should focus on where you’re going and what you are going to do! However, there are a few overall items you need for traveling this winter– no matter where you go!

Pack light

Unlike summer packing essentials, clothes for the winter can be bulkier and take up more space. Therefore, we recommend packing only what you need for the week ( or weekend) and not much extra. The great part about cold weather travel is that you can wear the same clothes more often in comparison to hot and sweaty weather. For example, your jacket won’t get too dirty if you have layers on underneath. As long as you choose your pieces of clothing wisely, you will be successful. 

If you are planning to travel for longer than a week, pack for 7-days max and try to do laundry and re-wear the same items. This way, you don’t have to worry about squeezing in too much! 

Stay Safe 

Amid COVID-19, it is important to keep you and your family protected from the virus. Make sure you bring a mask for your flight and for any outings you will embark on. Bring extra masks– just in case you lose one or it gets dirty. A reusable face mask is a great idea as you can wash it at the end of your trip and reuse it later! 

While you are around other people or in a new setting, there is possibility for germs to spread. We recommend you bring sanitizer wipes, they are great for cleaning all types of surfaces while you’re on-the-go! This will be especially crucial if you are on a plane.

Wear Layers

The best secret for packing during the winter months are layers! By packing layers you can adapt to changing weather conditions and take clothes off and on as needed. Great layer options include: a t-shirt, long-sleeve turtleneck, fleece, and a compressible jacket. 

Make sure you don’t forget your smaller items like a beanie, scarf, and gloves. Thankfully, these items won’t take up much space in your luggage but make a huge difference to keep you warm. 

Wear your heaviest items on the plane  

Can’t seem to fit that final pair of shoes in your suitcase? Don’t stress. You can wear this on your plane flight to save space. By wearing some of your heavier items on the plane, you can take advantage of all the room in your luggage. Not only that, but be sure to bring a larger carry-on like a backpack or small suitcase to pack more clothing items. Typically, airlines will give you the maximum carry-on dimensions before your flight so you can plan accordingly and bring the largest size possible. 

Don’t forget the essentials!

No matter where you go, you’ll need some essential items to keep you prepared for all types of activities. Some of these include:

  • Phone charger 
  • Portable phone charger for longer days 
  • Headphones
  • Toiletries 
  • Ziploc bags
  • Camera  
  • Packing cubes ( for organization)
  • Essential medications 
  • Umbrella or rain jacket 

Plan for your activities 

It is important to consider your activities before packing. If you have decided to snowboard or ski in Washington, you’ll need the appropriate gear. Depending on your location, and whether you’re driving or flying, you may want to consider rentals. Most mountains and ski resorts will have rental options nearby. However, it is important to do your research so you’re not scrambling last minute. If you do decide to drive, you can bring items in your car and save money. 

Otherwise, activities like hiking, a hotel stay, or a birthday celebration may also require additional items to plan for. 

Protection for your skin

It’s not summer, but you can still get burnt during the winter. If the sun peeks through and reflects on the snow you may noy even notice it’s impact– but it can burn you more. Therefore, you should consider packing a moisturizer with SPF and chapstick. Your lips and skin can become really dry in the cold temperatures as well!

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