When you’ve grown and lived all your life in the tropical areas where there’s a lot of sun and warmth, you probably have no idea what winter means. Sure, you’ve watched movies based during the winter and probably think you know all about winter. However, winter may mean something a little different depending on your travel destination. Some places have a more mild winter (maybe with no snow in sight), while some have below freezing, icy conditions. It’s a great idea to be prepared, nonetheless, by packing the right essentials for a winter holiday.
Yes, you need to pack sunscreen when travelling for winter. Why? Because snow and ice can reflect up to 90 per cent of UV rays which not only cause skin cancer but also fasten wrinkling of the skin.
Moreover, during winter, the ozone layer which absorbs harmful UV rays is at it’s thinnest making your skin exposed to these harmful rays. Wearing sunscreen on exposed skin, especially when the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., will keep you protected from these damaging rays.
Whether your skin is dry or oily (or a combination of both), winter’s cold and dry air will take its toll and make daily moisturizing even more necessary. Be sure to pack a moisturizer when travelling for a winter holiday and one that’s appropriate for your skin type.
If you find yourself without lip balm, especially in winter, you can bet on tasting blood from cracks on your lips. Dry air inside the house and outside tends to yank any and all moisture from your lips. Consider yourself warned.
When packing for a winter holiday, get unflavored balm or lip gloss so that you aren’t tempted to lick your lips and reapply over and over again.
Heavy Coats and jackets
Trench coats and longline coats are an obvious essential for any winter trip. These will come in handy for layering up when looking for extra warmth. I recommend carrying coats in neutral colours so that they match every outfit you decide to wear.
For the jackets, down jackets are a true lifesaver because they keep you toasty warm! If you’re travelling light, sure to pack a “packable down” because they scrunch up very compact.
Oversized, comfy sweaters, turtle necks will come in handy especially when you’re looking to layer up outside the house and for lounging. You can pair a sweater with just about anything, and dress it up or down! Pack a few neutral colours like beige, grey and black, as well as some fun colours like mustard yellow and burgundy for your winter holiday.
Thermal layers are perfect for slipping under your denim pants for added warmth! Look for fleece-lined leggings to wear under your pants because they’re comfortable and warmer than normal exercise leggings.
Winter weather means it’s time for fun excursions in the snow, such as sledging, building snowmen, and having snowball fights. While you’re out having fun, it’s important to keep those toes warm and dry with a proper pair of snow boots. There are tons of styles of boots, but keep in mind that high-quality winter boots are waterproofed, meaning that they will hold up and keep your feet dry in sleet and snow.
And lastly, of course, you’ll need accessories such as hats to keep your head warm, scarves for layering, socks to wear under boots and a pair of gloves for your hands.