pack for a winter vacation

Planning on taking a trip soon? Unless you’re going somewhere tropical, you’ll probably need to think about the extra winter gear you need to bring along on your winter vacation. Carrying bulky clothing through airports, train stations, and the back of Ubers gets old and tiring fast. Read on to learn how to pack for a winter vacation.

Cover Your Head

If you grew up with a mom urging you to wear a hat because “you lose half your body heat through your head,” well… sweet justice is yours because she was technically wrong. It turns out this myth has been debunked. You don’t lose nearly that much heat when you forego a hat, but you will feel colder without one. And because a hat takes up such little space, it’s worth it to bring one along when you pack for a winter vacation.

Go the extra mile to protect your skin from wind by choosing a hat that covers the back of your neck and your ears. Choose one without extras, like pom poms, to save space.

Warm Up Your Hands

Wearing adequate protection on your hands when you travel in the winter won’t just keep you comfortable. This smart move will also protect your skin from drying out and chapping. When you’re away from home, it’s hard to find the right product to ease discomforts like chapped skin.

Leave the bulky wool gloves at home. When traveling in the winter, you need to think light. Find gloves that are breathable, lightweight, and weatherproof. Make sure they’re quick drying as well, since you don’t have time to sit around and wait for things to dry when you’re on vacation.


What about the clothes for your body? Think in layers. Give yourself options for unpredictable weather by dressing in layers that are easy to remove. But remember, the less bulk, the better. Keep in mind that when traveling, if you remove one layer, you’ll probably need to carry it around.

Pack a lightweight shirt (long-sleeve or short-sleeve), a long sleeve warm shirt, a fleece, and a lightweight outer shell that is wind- and water-proof. Try to avoid packing sweaters as they take up more space. A thermal with a cardigan over it takes up less room but keeps you just as warm.

Depending on your destination, you may also need a parka, but these layers will give you lightweight options if the temperatures don’t dip too unbearably low.

If the weather is going to be particularly harsh, and you’ll be outside for much of your traveling, wear a base layer as well. Pack warm, but lightweight, socks, and top it all off with a scarf to protect your face and neck from the harsh weather.

Lip Protection

There’s nothing worse than cracked and bleeding lips — especially on vacation. Stay ahead of the game and protect your lips by packing a lip balm designed to protect and nourish your lips. The happy news? Lip balms take up almost no space when you pack for a winter vacation. Go the extra mile, without taking up too much space, by bringing along a lip therapy that can repair any lip damage you may incur.


Don’t forget this important step in your skin care routine, even when you’re on vacation. Make sure when you pack for your winter vacation that you leave room for SPF 30 sunscreen that provides broad spectrum UV protection. The sun still damages the skin, even in winter — and it never takes a vacation. Deter Mineral Reef Safe Sunscreen SPF 30 is formulated to safely protect your skin against the damaging effects of UV rays from the sun by using gentle dermatologist-recommended ingredients.

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