10 Things You Should Pack For A Winter Trip

Hello fellow travelers, and welcome to our latest blog post! Today, we’re diving into what you should pack for a winter trip. We love sharing travel itineraries and, most importantly, making travel easier for everyone. That’s why we’ve put together this guide—it’s perfect for our website and our community. So let’s get started on ensuring you’re fully prepared for your winter adventure! If you haven’t done it already, check out our blog post “ What to pack for a summer trip “. Likewise, read our travel posts in the Our Trips section.

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How to pack for a winter trip: Smart & Light

Packing smartly for a winter journey is key to staying organized and making the most of your suitcase space. Our golden rule, whether it’s winter or summer, is to pack efficiently and lightly.  

Here’s a guide on how to pack for a winter trip:

1. Start with a Packing List

Creating a comprehensive packing list based on the activities you have planned and the destination’s weather conditions will be a good starting point. This will help you stay organized and ensure you don’t forget any essential items. You could use this blog post to get started.

2. Roll Your Clothes

Rolling your clothes instead of folding them can save space and reduce wrinkles. This technique is particularly effective for bulkier items like sweaters and jackets.

3. Utilize Packing Cubes

Invest in packing cubes to compartmentalize your belongings. Group similar items together, such as socks, underwear, and accessories, to make finding things in your suitcase easier.

4. Pack Smart Layers

Layering is key for winter travel. Pack clothing items that can be easily mixed and matched to create different outfits. This allows you to stay warm without bringing excessive items.

5. Wear Bulky Items During Travel

If you have large, bulky items like boots or a heavy coat, consider wearing them during your travel to save space in your suitcase.

6. Choose Versatile Shoes

Limit the number of shoes you bring by selecting versatile options. Waterproof, insulated boots that can be dressed up or down are ideal for winter trips.

7. Pack Travel-Sized Toiletries

Opt for travel-sized toiletries to save space and comply with airline regulations. Remember to include items like lip balm and moisturizer to combat dry winter skin.

8. Maximize Empty Spaces

Fill empty spaces in your suitcase with smaller items, such as socks or accessories. This helps prevent items from shifting during travel and optimizes space.

9. Keep Essentials in Your Carry-On

Pack important items, such as medications, travel documents, and a change of clothes, in your carry-on bag. This ensures you have immediate access to essentials in case your checked luggage is delayed or lost.

10. Check Airline Baggage Policies

Be aware of the baggage policies of the airline you’re traveling with. Some may have weight restrictions or fees for oversized luggage, so plan accordingly.


Packing light doesn’t mean sacrificing essential items. It’s about being smart and efficient with your choices, prioritizing what you truly need, and leaving behind unnecessary items that can weigh you down.

What you should pack for a winter trip

In this section, we’ll highlight 10 essential items to pack for a winter trip. While this list isn’t exhaustive, it covers the essentials that you can customize based on the length of your trip.

1) Waterproof and Windproof jacket

Staying warm is crucial during winter travels. A waterproof and windproof jacket is essential, as it provides insulation while shielding you from rain and chilly winds.



Magcomsen jacket is Vincenzo’s choice for a winter trip

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2) Fleece or down-filled sweaters

Fleeces or sweaters are indispensable for a winter journey. Opting for fleeces can save valuable suitcase space, making them a preferred choice. Be sure to pack a couple of casual fleeces to stay cozy during your winter adventure.



Regatta fleeces take less space and dry up quickly

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3) Long-sleeve thermal top

As we mentioned earlier, layering is key for winter travel. Long-sleeve thermal T-shirts add that extra layer to keep your upper body warm.

4) Thermal pants

In colder destinations, an extra layer for your lower body ensures warmth and comfort. Thermal pants are compact and effective for retaining heat. If your plans involve water activities, such as visiting waterfalls, waterproof pants are advisable to stay dry and comfortable.

5) Waterproof and insulated shoes

Minimizing the number of shoes you pack can save both space and weight in your luggage. Waterproof and insulated shoes have proven to be the best way to go for us during winter trips



Trespass boots are Francesca’s choice for winter trips

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6) Hat, gloves, and a scarf

Make sure to pack a hat, a pair of gloves, and a scarf to keep you warm. Though they may occupy a bit of extra space, packing gloves and a scarf ensures protection against cold and wind. Stow them in your everyday bag for easy access when needed.

7) Insulated water bottle

The original Chilly’s insulated water bottle is a must-have for all our trips. A versatile water bottle that accommodates both hot and cold beverages, and is lightweight and portable, is indispensable. The convenience of having a refillable water bottle while traveling is unmatched.



Chilly’s bottles maintain water clean and cold or hot. They’re ideal for any kind of trip.

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8) Backpack for day trips

In addition to your main bag, a small backpack is essential. It’s perfect for carrying essentials like your toiletry bag and water bottle during excursions and on the plane. It doesn’t have to be fancy—just functional!

9) Power Bank

A power bank is an essential item for any trip, ensuring your phone, camera, and other devices stay charged and ready for use.

10) Camera or smartphone for capturing memories

For frequent travelers, investing in a good camera is worth considering. While smartphones are convenient, they may not capture certain locations or landscapes as effectively as a dedicated camera. We use a Canon EOS Rebel T7, with 18 mm – 55 mm lens



Our Canon EOS T7 takes good photos and it doesn’t cost a fortune 

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Don’t forget to check the plug types of your destination and get a travel adaptor if needed.


Remember to tailor this list based on the specifics of your trip and destination. Check the weather forecast regularly and adjust your packing accordingly. With these essentials in tow, you’ll be well-prepared to embrace the winter magic on your upcoming adventure!

Time for conclusions….

In this blog post, we have reviewed the 10 things you should pack for a winter trip. This list was intended to be as a guideline and should be adjusted to personal needs and type of trip.

As you zip up your suitcase and prepare to embark on your winter adventure, remember that the key to a successful and enjoyable trip lies in thoughtful preparation. By packing strategically, considering the specific needs of a winter journey, and optimizing your luggage space, you set the stage for a seamless and comfortable travel experience. From the crisp mountain air to the enchanting snowy landscapes, winter has magic of its own, and with the right gear in tow, you’re ready to embrace it fully.

Looking for winter destinations? Read our articles on Iceland, Ireland, London, and Paris.


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