It’s the year end again – a time when most of us go for our long holiday. Here staying in the tropics, some of you may want a change and travel to a place to enjoy a white Christmas. let’s face it: packing for cold weather is no mean feat. Here are some handy packing tips to ensure you don’t end up with overweight baggage.
1. Layer up
We can’t say enough of this tip. Layering not only works magically to keep you warm, the other benefit is that you don’t end up with thick bulky clothing that makes you look like a penguin. How to layer? Pair a neutral sweater with long-sleeved t-shirts underneath. Long stockings or leggings add extra warmth and versatility when worn under a dress or skirt.
2. Compression bag
Simply fill the bags with your bulkier items and roll to remove air. Better still, if you have a vacuum, use it to suck out the air. You’ll end up with nice compact bags of clothes that fit into your luggage nicely.
3. Wear your bulkiest items on the plane
This is a sneaky trick most of us frequent travellers use. Wear your bulkiest coat or shoes to board the plane, so you don’t have to pack them into your luggage. Anyway, if you’re on a long flight, the coat serves to keep you warm, so you don’t have to ask the flight attendant for extra blankets (which sometimes run out).
4. Accessorize with hats, gloves, and scarves.
Personally, I love scarves. They’re light, easy to pack and work wonders for layering. They’re also good to cover your head and ears if you find yourself without ear mufflers or hat to shield your ears from the cold wind.
5. Don't forget the essentials
Packing light doesn’t mean you do away with the essential items, like skincare or toiletries. The trick is to pack them in small containers. Another trick is to go for dual function: Lip stick doubles up as lip balm, moisturiser doubles up as makeup remover.
Whether you’re taking a trip solo or with your family or friends, packing light is always a good thing to learn. Let us know if you’ve any other tips to share!