Travelling in the later year is something a lot of us tend to do. Prices of flights and holidays are down, hotels are cheaper to book as peak season has flown away, and the kids are back to school so there can even be less hazards involved. Yet it’s also colder, so we tend to pack more heavily. Here’s a few tips on how not to, and increase the size of your luggage for the items you really want to take away with you.
Dress and Pack in Layers
Because you’re going to need to keep your core warm, you need to pack some body hugging tops that are still thin enough to fit under an over shirt or some flannel. If you have a few Dickies polo shirts packed in your suitcase, you can look good and feel warm at the same time, which a lot of people tend to think of as mutually exclusive.
It would also be an idea to roll your clothing when you pack it. Keeping all outfits in pre arranged assortments and rolled up to stay neat and fit more in is perfect for layered pieces. Wear two layers on your torso, and then put on a fleece with a bigger jacket on top. This can be worn in the airport and on the plane, and the outer two layers can be taken off easily. It isn’t hard to carry when you’ll be wearing it the majority of the time.
Wear Breathable but Insulated Footwear
If you’re off to a colder place, you’re only really going to be needing one pair of shoes. There’s going to be less chance to change or need to customise your outfit for a night, and colder weather footwear is actually incredibly versatile. Boots always make good style choices, and have plenty of grip on the sole and warmth inside.
Thankfully, this kind of footwear is made to be more durable, as the designers often have hiking and trekking in mind. Take them off when you’re indoors to truly feel the benefit of them when you go back outside.
What to Keep in a Carry On
With colder weather, you’re going to need all the usual in your carry on if you’re flying, and a few extras. Usually a good scarf if you’re not already wearing one around your neck, or a hat for your ears.
If you’re off to a cold climate for a nice skiing holiday, or you’re travelling within a colder country or state, you can still pack lightly. Pack for roughly a week’s worth of clothes and that’ll be your bulk, as washing and drying these clothes can be done in a variety of ways if you’re staying any longer. In cold climates you don’t want to be bogged down by heavy bags, and your circulation is more important than ever.
So there you have it; just a few recommendations on what to pack for the cold. Being durable in our current climate is easy.