Packing for a cold destination can be difficult, especially if you don’t want to take several suitcases. From t-shirts and underwear to coats, rain jackets and shoes, winter clothes take up a lot of space, making it important that you pack strategically.

Obviously, “winter” means something a little different depending on your destination, some places have a more mild winter with no snow in sight or some have below freezing, icy conditions. It is a great idea to check the projected weather forecast before going, but a month is a long time, so it’s better to be prepared than freezing.

Here are some of the important must items to be in a suitcase:

Winter Coats:

It goes without saying that a thick, hooded coat is an essential part of any winter packing list. Try and get along one to keep your bum warm too. Depending on your destination, you might want a cute trench coat to dress up your warm layers, a beige trench coat is a great neutral to have on a winter trip


Oversized, comfy sweaters are the best for a winter trip, they are especially great for layering and lounging. You can pair a sweater with just about anything, and dress it up or down, it is best to pack a few neutral colours like beige, grey and black, as well as some bright colours like mustard yellow and burgundy.

Wear Other Layers :

Be sure to bring along some other warm layers such as flannels, fleeces and vets that you can wear under your sweaters or coats, or by themselves on a warmer day. You can always bring a flannel or two, as well as a puffy vest to layer over a long sleeve or sweater.

Thermal layers are perfect for slipping under your denim pants or sweater for added warmth,  fleece-lined leggings are a must-pack essential as they are comfortable and warmer than normal exercise leggings.

Winter Boots:
Winter boots come in a variety of styles and materials, but high-quality winter boots are waterproof, which means they will keep your toes dry in sleet or snow. Consider bringing a second pair of more casual boots or booties you can dress up.

Winter Accessories:

Beanies keep your head warm and add a stylish touch to any winter outfit, cream or beige beanie will do and pair it with a big fluffy scarf. Depending on your holiday destination, a pair of light gloves might be a good investment and a few pairs of wool socks to keep your feet warm and comfortable in boots all day long.

Published on HOLR Magazine.