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HOW TO PACK FOR COLD WEATHER TRAVEL
Pack too much for cold weather travel and you’ll be punished in the airport, at the hotel, and maybe all over your destination city. But an under-packed winter bag will send you scurrying to buy cold-weather clothing when you arrive. Take heart: packing sensibly for wintry travel is so much easier than you think. Our packing tips take the guesswork out of choosing your cold weather travel wardrobe.
PACKING FOR WINTER TRAVEL IN THREE BASIC STEPS
The single most important principle for staying warm in cold weather is dressing in layers; we’re no stranger to this practice here in our home state of Vermont. Packing a simple trifecta of layers—and then adding a few carefully chosen accessories to protect the extremities—will hold you in good stead in all but the coldest climes. Leave the massive coat and bulky winter clothing at home and opt instead for multiple lighter-weight garments you can add or peel as the weather demands. Choose pieces that can be worn individually but also work well together.
WINTER ACCESSORIES: PROTECTING THE EXTREMITIES FROM THE EXTREMES
Protecting the extremities is crucial in the cold. When you pack for cold weather, choose a wool scarf and waterproof gloves made from insulated leather or a modern performance material; include glove liners if you need them. (And scarves in a couple of different colors will allow you to change your look without taking up much space in your bag.)
Two cold-weather travel items in particular deserve special attention—the winter hat and boot:
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PACK SMART: BUILD MANY OUTFITS FROM A FEW PIECES
Winter is more forgiving than summer when it comes to doing laundry: you can typically wear one garment a few times before it needs washing, which means you can get more mileage out of a single piece. And since you’ll be wearing base layers, this is especially true for your cold-weather vacation or trip. Keep these wardrobe economizing tips in mind when you pack to keep it light:
Choose outerwear with pockets into which you’ll stuff your hat, gloves, and scarf on travel day instead of packing them. And wear as much as you can on the plane—the more you have on, the less you have to pack.
It is one thing to pack your swim trunks and summer reading ahead of a warm-weather vacation, quite another to cram your bulky cold-weather wardrobe into a suitcase bound for Boston in February. Enjoy the journey unburdened by heavy luggage and bulky winter clothing: a few thoughtfully chosen pieces will keep you warm, protected, and comfortable during your cold-weather travel.
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