Growing up in Chicago and transplanting to Boston, winter isn’t anything new to me. However, I’ve learned from my warm-weather faring friends that being cold is an anomaly to some. When it’s hard enough to pack light during the summer, how the heck are you supposed to cram bulky winter clothes into your 29 inch suitcase? Here’s how:
General packing tips:
- Wear your bulkiest items on the plane (ie: winter coat & boots). Not only will it save room, but it doubles as a pillow for the flight.
- Neutrals are your friend. Sure, that printed, vintage crewneck is cool, but it isn’t as versatile as a plain sweater. Rewear your neutrals and mix-&-match with accessories to cut down on actual items packed and increase the number of looks you can achieve.
- Bring shoes that are comfortable, water resistant and versatile. Try to leave the snow boots at home and bring something that can match any outfit.
- Roll your clothes. It saves space and battles wrinkles.
Gloves, hat, scarf are all necessities
2 comfortable pairs of shoes
5 layer-able shirts
3 pairs of pants
Toiletries: Travel sized items or bust! Invest in refillable tiny bottles to save space.
Body & face wash
Camera/Go Pro + accessories + charger
*Europe and the UK both have different shaped outlets than the US and also, each other. You can buy converters and adapters on Amazon.
Sleep aid (For the plane)*
Anything you take regularly at home, bring it with you
*When flying to Europe from the States, you cross the Atlantic overnight, meaning you need to sleep as much as possible to fight jet lag.
Passport & 1 copy to bring with you (Leave another copy at home with someone you trust.)
Adult coloring book/Crayons (Don’t knock it ‘til you try it)
Tide to go stick/detergent packs
Gallon plastic bags
Put this list to use on any of our New Year’s Eve or winter trips!