The idea of packing for a cold-weather vacation might bring to mind big, bulky jackets and overstuffed suitcases, but it’s possible to be smart and strategic about filling your suitcase and keep things light—whether you’re skiing, snowboarding, or just drinking hot chocolate by the fire.
Forget those flimsy cotton ones. Frigid temps call for extra insulation, so pick up a few pairs of heavy-duty wool socks to wear under your boots. Your feet will thank you later.
Sure, bring along a pair of cute tall boots for a fancy dinner or shopping excursion, but for snowshoeing, hiking, or any kind of winter trek, you’ll want something a little sturdier. Gore-tex weatherproof boots are always a safe bet that will keep you warm and dry (along with those wool socks).
They’re comfortable, lightweight, and versatile—just as easy to pair under jeans or snow pants as they are to wear with a sweatshirt when lounging around your cabin or hotel room.
A good winter hat
You can bundle up from neck to toe, but a freezing noggin can ruin your whole day. Invest in some warm, cozy, and cute headwear that you’ll be thanking yourself for as you’re braving the elements.
Layers are the name of the game when it comes to dressing for cold-weather adventures. Fortunately, big, chunky sweaters are just as stylish as they are warm, and they go over long-sleeved shirts, tees, and even long underwear
Games and puzzles
Given the season’s notoriously unpredictable weather in the colder climates, you’re probably wise to bring along some indoor leisure activities to pass the time. In case you get stuck indoors. They might just save the day if you find yourself in a remote area without internet access. And who knows, they could actually provide some much-needed family or friend bonding.