How to Pack For a Winter Holiday

From trips to the snow to winter getaways to your favorite cities around the world, travel comfortably and in style this winter. Wondering what to wear on your next cold weather trip? Use this guide to help you build the perfect winter travel wardrobe. Here’s what to pack for a winter holiday.

What to Pack for a Winter Holiday

The secret to packing light is to build a winter capsule wardrobe that includes basics that are easy to layer. If you get too warm, peel off layers when you walk into the heated lobby of your favorite hotel. Pile them back on when you’re ready to hit the town.

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Base Layers

Every winter wardrobe needs a quality base layer to keep you warm and cozy during those cold weather trips. Patagonia’s Better Sweater is one of my favorites. I have two and keep them in constant rotation during the winter months. It’s a mid-layer with a classic wool and fleece lining.

For a little more warmth, the Patagonia Synchilla is another great option. This eco-friendly fleece pullover is a staple for hiking, airport travel or lounging. It’s kind of like a warm bear hug followed by a cup of hot cocoa.

Puffer Coats

There’s no denying a puffer coat keeps you cozy even in the coolest temps. Strong winds are no joke, Patagonia’s Nano Puff features a lightweight and insulated design that perfect for travel. It’s also water repellent and compressible so it won’t take up too much space in your suitcase.

Bundle up this winter and explore in style. Kiss that wind chill goodbye, and elevate your winter wardrobe with warm winter puffer.  

Cozy knits + Cardigans

A chunky sweater is a must-have on our holiday wish list. Neutral colors makes it easy to mix and match with black pants, denim, and over your favorite boho dresses. Pair it with your fave jeans or a maxi skirt with chunky boots. 

Winter Coats + Vests

Date night in the city? Want to look elegant while stepping out on the town? Pack a wool coat/jacket in a neutral tone to elevate your wardrobe. Style it with your favorite skinny jeans, cozy knit, and a merino wool scarf.    

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Airport Style: Joggers


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When it comes to surviving long-haul flights or road trips, the key to a smooth journey is traveling in comfort. Elevate your airport style with joggers that are made to move with you. Throw on your favorite denim or puffer and white sneakers, and you’re ready to jet-set around the world. 


Winter Travel Wardrobe: Jeans 

Winter Travel Wardrobe

Here’s the thing about jeans, they’re comfy, stylish and go with everything. If you’re traveling to a cold destination, avoid bringing any denim with holes in it. I’ve made that mistake, and trust me; you’ll be wishing you had another pair. 

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Beanies + Scarves 

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Beanies look cute and also keep your head warm – a winning combination when it’s cold outside. Spice up your winter travel wardrobe with a scarf. This is more than just an accessory; it’s a statement piece that will add a touch of glam to any outfit in your winter capsule wardrobe.

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When it comes to traveling, I know I’m going to be doing a lot of exploring. That’s why I need comfy shoes that are built tough.

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Combat Boots 

You were born to roam. Do it in style with black combat boots.

Travel tip: Whatever you do, break in your shoes before your trip, so they’re nice and comfortable for all-day self-guided walking tours in the city. 

Conclusion: What to Pack for a Winter Holiday

Don’t let the cold weather slow you down—adventure comfortably and soak in the view with these travel wardrobe essentials for winter I like to use packing cubes to keep things organized in my carry on, and I always pack a small bag filled with essential oils, snacks, and a toothbrush in my bag in case of an emergency. 

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10 thoughts on “How to Pack For a Winter Holiday”

  1. Winter fashion is so versatile. I’m beyond excited to try out these tips (especially the amazing cozy knits hahaha!!) Thanks for sharing girl 💗

  2. I have never been away in the winter, I prefer to stay home so I know I can snuggle in bed with a warm blanket without feeling guilty, I`ll not forgive myself if I’m away on vacation and must stay in doors because it`s too cold outside.

  3. Good tips! But I would just change the sneakers, of course depending on the country and the season, but one can’t survive with those in winter in North-Europe 🙂

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