A winter vacation is a great way to get some well-deserved relaxation at the end of a busy year or start of a new one. Whether it’s to visit the wonderful Christmas markets in Germany, explore the fjords of Norway or go further afield for a skiing trip in northern Japan, you need to pack strategically. Warm clothing is key, but you’ll still want to look and feel your best with a range of luxurious outfits, of which all the following items are essential.
A Warm Coat
Probably the first thing you’ll think about packing is actually the last one you’ll put on, with a big winter coat vital. This needs to be something that’s comfortable, warm and stylish, such as a quilted Belstaff jacket. If you’re going somewhere that it’s likely to rain or snow, then choosing an option which is waterproof and includes a hood is advisable. You don’t want something that’s too thin though, while a bulky coat can be a nightmare to wear when sat on a plane or taking into a busy bar, so something in between should suffice.
One area where fashion doesn’t really matter is with a base layer. Here you just need items of clothing that are warm and practical, as they’ll be covered up by the rest of your outfit. A pair of thermal leggings and long-sleeved thermal top should suffice and will comfortably fit under most outfits (unless you’re planning on wearing a dress or skirt).
Slip on Boots
Depending on what you’re doing, a few pairs of footwear will be required. However, for the most part a pair of high-quality slip on boots can be best. There are many stylish options out there which offer a load of advantages. Not only will they keep your feet nice and toasty, ensuring you can walk comfortably in them for hours, but they’re easy to get on and off at the airport and can match a variety of outfits.
Plenty of Accessories
A lot of body heat is lost through your head, so wearing a hat is important. Hats made from wool and polyester are usually warmest and provide that traditional winter chic style. Look for one that covers your ears too. Gloves and scarves will complete the look, especially if part of the same design, to go together well and offer extra warmth for your hands and neck where heat also escapes.
Underneath your coat but above the thermal layer, it’s important to wear thin layers. This could be jeans, trousers, long sleeve t-shirts, blouses and jumpers. Don’t overdo it or you’ll look and feel ridiculous, but a few thin layers are always better than just wearing one thick fleece.
Pack your suitcase a few days in advance to make sure you have a stylish and practical range of outfits for your winter getaway.