Dressing for winter in Europe can be a little tough — especially since you don’t have a lot of space for clothing. Layering your clothing is the best way to stay warm when traveling in Europe during the winter. Large bulky winter coats and huge sweaters are a hassle when backpacking because they take up so much space. It is also important to remember that the weather is going to vary greatly depending on your location. Winters near the ocean tend to be mild and rainy. Generally, it gets colder as you move inland. Average high temperatures range from 25-40°F but can drop significantly at night (remember that nightfall comes early in most of Europe. Your trip can get pretty miserable if you don’t dress properly. This guide will teach you everything you need to know for staying warm and comfortable.
With December approaching soon, some of us are getting ready for a short vacation to take during the winter. However, travelling during winter is not an easy deal, the wilting cold and tough environmental conditions would surely be a spoilsport for many. However, with smart travel tips to help you journey in a great way, you can surely make your winter vacation truly memorable.
Here are the expert tips on how to pack for the winter vacation:
- Pack in Layers
In the cold regions, you are going to make maximum use of sweaters. So you pack your bags in layers. Keep the winter wear on top, such that it is easy to remove and put back. When at the hotel, you can remove them in last-in-first-out order. You can also make the maximum use of sweatshirts.
Pack the bags starting with shirts, followed by jeans, and then the winter wear.
- Pack the socks separately
Whenever you visit a destination fluffed with snow, you will need boots for sure. And to keep your toes and feet warm, you need a good pair of socks. Packing socks for the winter destination can be a tricky ordeal.
Ideally, a traveller would go with thick socks. But if you are among the ones who wish to travel light, then packing thin, but warm socks is recommended. Apart from saving space, thinner socks are easy to wash and dry.
- Choosing the footwear
Of course its winter, and you are surely not going to roam around in your regular sneakers or floaters. You need something warm and firm, you need boots for the trip. Apart from being the warmest choice in the selection, Boots are ideal to stroll around, without having to worry about numb feet and slippery surfaces.
- Opting for Coats
If you are among the ones who prefer hitch-hiking over Taxi rides, then it is necessary to pack a coat. Why? Because which other garment is going to keep you warm apart from sweaters? Which other garment has so many pockets to stock up things? Which other garments flaunts style and charm, without any compromise? From the regular navy coats to long coats, choose one that best fits you.
- Pack accessories
You are surely not going to leave home without the essential accessories. So, pack them neatly in boxes, or travel purses.
A good hat is crucial during the cold winter because most of your body heat is lost through your head. Wool and fleece will always keep you warm. Hats that cover your ears are extra warm.
You probably don’t need bulky ski gloves, but a nice pair of gloves will be welcome on a chilly day. I suggest thinner gloves or those “mitten-glove combo” things so you can still use your camera without having to take your gloves off.
A glimpse on how to make your packing right for your Europe Holiday: