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Dressing Tips for Winter Travel

Winter travel presents a unique set of challenges! Whether you’re heading to a snowy destination or escaping to warmer climates, being prepared is key. Today, I’m sharing some practical tips on dressing for winter travel, especially when it involves flying to a destination with different weather.

Dressing for Winter Travel

Understanding Your Destination’s Weather

LEARN HOW I PACK A HAT IN MY CARRY-ON HERE

Before you start packing, it’s key to understand the weather conditions of your destination. That may seem obvious, but it can easily be overlooked, especially if you’ve traveled there before. I neglected to check the forecast for my trip to Austin but had luckily packed a large cashmere wrap, which did double duty to keep me warm.

THE FROZEN FOUNTAIN AT MIRAVAL, AUSTIN

A quick search online for the latest weather forecasts can give you a clear idea of what to expect. Look for information on temperature ranges, precipitation, and any weather advisories.

Dressing for the Journey

CASHMERE FISHERMAN SWEATER size L (budget-friendly option) – WHITE SHIRT SIMILAR – PLATFORM SNEAKERS (budget-friendly option) –WHITE JEANS – “PACKABLESTRAW” HAT  

When traveling during winter, dressing in layers is your best bet. The airport and airplane temperatures can be drastically different this time of year. Plus, think about all of the walking and movement you’ll be doing once you get to the airport…checking in, security, boarding, etc. I always carry at least one cashmere wrap and love the color options of this oversized one from J. Crew.

BTW- I never recommend loose, wide-leg pants for airline travel because, while comfy, they’re hard to keep off the floor when using the facilities. I also choose to wear a mask aboard flights these days. You choose what works for your health considerations.

  • Start with a lightweight, moisture-wicking base layer or shirt to keep you dry.
  • Choose clothing that’s comfortable for long flights and easy to remove or add as needed. I love brands like Eileen Fisher, Athleta, and Quince.
  • Shoes should be easy to slip on and off (if you don’t have TSA pre-check) for airport security. I like to wear my casual sneakers or tennis shoes, which you can find in this post. Also, be aware that depending on the airport, they may ask you to take your boots off if you wear them!
  • I love to have a cashmere scarf/wrap in my bag, just in case. It’s lightweight and easy to throw in your bag and has rescued me during many a frigid flight.

Packing for a Winter Getaway

TRAVEL OUTFIT DETAILS HERE

Packing light yet sufficiently for winter travel can seem daunting. With many winter trips under my belt, I feel like I’m getting to be a pro at this one. I’ve learned to focus on bringing versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched, as well as a wide variety of layering pieces.

Remember, heavy winter coats and boots take up a lot of space, so wear your bulkiest items on the plane. If you need to pack big and bulky items like snow pants, consider compression bags to save space in your luggage.

I always recommend investing in a sturdy suitcase that’s easy to maneuver. I upgraded to a four-wheel roller bag several years ago and felt like someone had flipped a duh switch! Why had I been struggling with two wheels when four pivoting ones made life so much easier? I love my Away carry-on, but this one is my favorite because it’s tiny and has a spot for my laptop. You can read about more great options here.

Navigating Airports and Flights

I ALWAYS BUY A LARGE BOTTLE OF WATER TO STAY HYDRATED AND BRING A COUPLE OF PROTEIN BARS

Airports and flights can be challenging during the winter. Dress comfortably and be prepared for potential weather delays. Many people love to carry a small travel pillow, an eye mask, and earplugs to help them relax on the flight. Keep important documents and medications in your carry-on, along with a change of clothes in case your luggage is delayed. I stopped checking a bag years ago, so I typically have everything I could possibly need in my carry-on. You can see my toiletry packing list here.

LO & SONS CONVERTIBLE WAIST/CROSSBODY BAG

I always carry my passport, phone, and other critical documents on my person in a waist bag. It makes them quick and easy to access and impossible to lose. This little convertible one comes in lots of colors.

Arriving in Warmer Weather

LINEN SHIRT IN OTHER COLORS size S – WASHABLE CREPE PANTS size S – ECCO SOFT 7 SNEAKERS – ERIC JAVITS PACKABLE HAT – SHOULDER BAG – SUITCASE

If your destination is warmer, plan for a smooth transition. Pack clothes that can be layered down, like lightweight jackets and removable liners. Upon arrival, you may want to change into lighter clothing, so keep an easily accessible outfit in your carry-on. This approach ensures comfort without the hassle of rummaging through your luggage at the airport.

It’s never fun returning from somewhere warm and sunny and walking out of the airport into a frozen tundra. Plan accordingly, and have something warm to layer on when you fly home.

Beyond clothing, there are a few extra considerations for winter travel. Travel insurance is a smart idea, especially with all of the sickness and craziness happening today. It’s also wise to keep a list of emergency contacts and any necessary health precautions. Lastly, pack a few often-forgotten items like lip balm, sunscreen, and moisturizer to combat dry, cold weather. Remember, the goal of any trip is to create memorable experiences, so dress smart, pack right, and make the most of your winter adventure!

Do you have any upcoming trips planned? What tips do you have that helps make your travel seamless?

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