With winter comes wet and windy weather – however, this shouldn’t stop you from considering a city break. In fact, we think the weather is part of the charm! After all, nothing beats the feeling of strolling through a city’s streets during the festive season, all wrapped up against the elements, with a cosy cafe just around the corner.
If you only have a day or two to explore a city then time is of the essence. Lugging a heavy suitcase around with you is a no-no, which means carry-on hand luggage is of the essence (plus it’s cheaper too). But how are you supposed to pack light for the cold weather?
Don’t worry, we’ve got some great tips!
Refine your wardrobe
It’s a good idea to pack some wardrobe staples, like items which can be swapped around to make several different outfits. Do you need a completely new outfit each day? The right pair of trousers for example, whether jeans, chinos or leggings, will look great for several days. If you want to spice up the same outfit then pack some colourful accessories which you can mix and match – statement jewelry is always a good option!
Seeing as you retain warmth by trapping heat between layers, make sure to wear t-shirts underneath your jumper and coat, not to mention a hat, scarf and gloves.
Wear your bulkier items on the plane
Chunky jumpers, coats and winter boots are best saved for the plane, so they don’t waste valuable space in your luggage – the same goes for your winter boots. Also, make use of your coat pockets! Gloves and hats can be transported in your coat, saving space in your bag.
To pack light, you need to pack lean. Think about what you really need to take with you; this is a good discipline to master wherever you travel, as many of us nearly always bring back unworn clothes and shoes after our holiday!
Utilise available space in your bag by packing socks and underwear into your shoes. Meanwhile, items such as lightweight tops can be wrapped around your camera or other delicate items as extra padding. Buy decent hand luggage that has compartments and outer pockets for the items you need on the plane, such as your passport, any medicine and phone.
Another great tip is to visit duty free on your way out and collect free samples – this is particularly good for perfume or aftershave, as these bottles tend to be bulky and heavy.
Now you have your winter packing down to a tee, all that’s left to do is deciding where to go. We think there are several cities that look particularly beautiful in the winter, such as Paris, Munich or Prague. They suit that snowy Christmas card look, don’t you think?