Stay Warm, Look Good: Packing for Winter Travel in Europe

Stay Warm Look Good Packing For Winter Travel In Europe

Packing for a European winter trip is almost an art form. You have to pack enough clothes to stay warm, look as best as you can and still keep things light.

Needless to say, that sounds almost impossible. However, the key word here is ALMOST.

In order to help you pack in one bag, keep warm once you arrive and look good while you’re doing it, here’s a short fail-proof list of items you need to bring on your next trip.

Without further ado, let’s start our list:

The Basics of Winter Traveling

Whether you’re just traveling to the Rocky Mountains or you’ve visited Ski Armadillo and booked a vacation in Switzerland, your packing list shouldn’t change too much. Start by packing the basics like long underwear, a few shirts and pants. But now let’s get to the real deal.

Swap Tops for Sweaters

Sweaters are not only warm, but they are pretty cozy and chic. However, they take up a lot of space in your bag. So a smart idea would be to swap out the tops you’d normally pack for your trip for at least two sweaters.

Go For Black Clothes

Black pants can be a savior when you’re traveling abroad, because they never look as dirty as they really are. Plus, they are pretty easy to pair with any other color. You can pair your black pants with a t-shirt and get a more casual look and you get your fancy sweater if you’re going out for dinner.

Bring Some Warm Boots

Aren’t sneakers far more comfortable than boots? Why the heck should you go with bulky old boots? Well, slip-on models are easy to take off; winter boots are quite comfortable, so you can walk in them for hours and lastly they will keep your feet dry and warm, no matter the weather.

Wear Warm Socks

Boots alone won’t be able to keep your feet warm, so it’s crucial to pack a few good pairs of winter socks. Once again, these items do take up a lot of space, so you shouldn’t over-pack. Bring four or five pairs along and wash them as you go.

Additional Warm Accessories

Winter accessories are a great way to add some flavor to your outfits and they are easy to pack. When traveling to Europe, you should focus on these items to keep you warm:

  • A pair of colorful gloves
  • One black hat
  • A few colorful scarfs
  • Plus long socks for ladies

Last but not Least: Remember to Moisturize

When you’re traveling anywhere – but especially somewhere cold – your skin will become dry during your flight.

So after you choose your clothes, you should head out to the nearest pharmacy and get some skin moisturizer. This will prevent your skin from drying out and cracking both during your flight and your European adventure.

Last but not least, don’t forget to have some fun on your trip – and if you do forget something, you can always go to a local restaurant, buy a glass of wine and forget about your worries. This is your vacation after all!

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Paul Tomaszewski is a science & tech writer as well as a programmer and entrepreneur. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of CosmoBC. He has a degree in computer science from John Abbott College, a bachelor's degree in technology from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and completed some business and economics classes at Concordia University in Montreal. While in college he was the vice-president of the Astronomy Club. In his spare time he is an amateur astronomer and enjoys reading or watching science-fiction. You can follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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