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4 Helpful Packing Tips for Cold Weather Vacations

Give over-packing the cold shoulder

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What to Wear for Cold Weather Vacations

Knowing what to pack for cold-weather travel can be quite daunting, especially if you want to pack light.

Hilton Grand Vacations put together a packing list for cold weather that will help make the most of your winter gear and limited luggage space. 


Winter Vacation Packing List

  • Two pairs of pants – Your favorite jeans and lined leggings or corduroys
  • Two or three sweaters – Stick with merino wool to lock in body heat
  • Two camisole tank tops or undershirts for layering
  • 1-2 scarves - keep these in your carry-on bag to have handy when the winds pick up, or to add a splash of color at a nice dinner out.
  • Two jackets – One for the plane one in the suitcase
  • Two pairs of shoes – One for the plane (boots) one in the suitcase (comfortable walking shoes
  • 5-7 pairs of socks –  Like these breathable socks by Smartwool
  • 1-2 winter hats – Like this Smartwool reversible beanie
  • Two pairs of winter gloves –  Like these touch-screen fingered gloves by The North Face
  • Toiletries/Make-up bag

What to Wear Underneath

When thinking about how to pack for winter travel, don't forget layers. Layering underneath bulky clothes adds additional warmth and comfort. It’s also important to think about light-weight clothing when you walk into museums and indoor spaces. Consider base layers:

  • One pair of long underwear
  • Merino base layer, long sleeve shirt
  • Merino wool cami tank top or T-shirt 
  • Merino wool undies

Keep Your Feet Warm and Dry


If you plan on spending time outdoors, make sure your feet stay warm and dry. Keep a second pair of wool socks in your day bag or purse to change into if needed. Your feet will thank you later.

Must-Have Winter Accessories 

Winter accessories should be functional but also fit your style.

  • Chunky, warm scarves
  • Non-itchy, warm winter hat 
  • Waterproof gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof leather gloves 
  • Down vests for men and women

Fit it all Inside Your Suitcase 


Here are our favorite tips on how to make sure it all fits inside your suitcase. 

  • Pack the puffer jackets and vests
  • Tie a rubber band around your coat to keep it in place
  • Combine the roll and fold method. Fold your jeans and pants, and roll your tops and jackets. 
  • Try vacuum seal bags
  • Use these packing cubes
  • Pack your boots and jacket first. Place the shoes in your suitcase in an alternating pattern (so they make a square). Then, place your coat flat and in the center 
  • Fold shirts and pants around the perimeter of your suitcase

Now that you know what to pack, read on to learn about the best suitcases to use for your upcoming trip. 


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