I was born in the Philippines with warm weather year round, and now live in desert of Las Vegas where the summers can reach 110 F degrees. I know how to beat the heat, but surviving the cold can be a challenge. Sure, Las Vegas can have winters that dip to about 15 F degrees, but that is rare. We hardly see rain and snow is a once, maybe twice in a lifetime situation. With that said, I had to learn how to keep myself warm when traveling to cool locations. Now keep in mind this post is about staying ward when traveling to somewhere COLD, not somewhere freezing! 😉
Keep It Light
You never want to carry the heaviest coats when you travel. It weighs down your suitcase and is an overall burden. You should choose light jackets and shirts. For myself, I like long sleeve thermals and long sleeve dresses. I also opt for leggings versus jeans. Also, when choosing your jackets, picking something water resistant is the better choice because then you don’t have to bring an umbrella. But, if you absolutely HAVE to HAVE a heavier jacket, make sure you wear it on the plane as opposed to packing it.
As stated above, packing lightly means you have room to layer! Go crazy with it! The beautiful thing about layering is you don’t have to buy clothes specifically for the cold. For example, a tank top under a long sleeve shirt under a sweater under a light jacket. See where I’m going with this? It works with the pants too. I like to do tights under leggings, with high socks.
Your shoes are king. Picking the right shoes can make or break your cold weather experience. Choose something that is water resistant that way it can stand whatever the weather may throw at you. Also, choose something comfortable enough you can layer your socks in. Lastly, a high boot is excellent to add extra coverage to keep you warm. Just like the recommendation with the heavy jacket, if you are packing multiple shoes, make sure you are wearing the heaviest pair to and from your flying destination.
Last but certainly not least, your accessories. This means your hats, scarves, mittens. All of these are important! They cover the last bits of you that really help keep you warm. Stating the obvious, these would be your head, neck and chest and of course your hands! I don’t think I need to elaborate. 🙂
I hope these tips were helpful! Last word of advice is don’t forget to pack something that can be both casual and dressy. Just in case you want to mix it up. So what are your tips for cold weather? What does your favorite outfit look like?