Some of my best advice (if I do say so myself) has been about packing light. Rolling not folding, taking versatile pieces and choosing your suitcase wisely are all things I’ve covered in the past but the whole process, as I recently discovered, becomes a little bit more difficult when you’re packing for the cold winter weather.
Finding space for woolly jumpers and boots in a carry on case is just as difficult as it sounds and even I, a self-confessed modest packer, have to admit I struggled to zip mine up on a recent trip to Estepona.
Zip it up I did though which is why I thought I’d share the checklist that helped me cram a week’s worth of winter wardrobe items into my hand luggage.
Have you worn it in the last 6 months?
If I didn’t wear it this winter in England, it definitely didn’t make the cut for a winter’s week in Spain. I only took what I was genuinely enjoying wearing at home and knew I would abroad too.
Can you wear it in the day and evening?
This is something I apply when buying clothes in general and I love a multifunctional item of clothing even more when it comes to packing. My black skinny jeans and culottes came in particularly handy for dressing up and down this time around.
Have you packed something like it?
I’m definitely guilty of owning 7 different versions of the same black jumper but even I limited myself to just the 1 for the purpose of efficient winter packing.
What can you buy once you get there?
Potentially not the most cost-effective way to go about things but avoiding taking toiletries like mini shampoos, deodorants and toothpaste and buying them once I got there freed up valuable space for things I really needed.
Who are you going with?
Estepona was a family affair which meant we were able to double up on bulky things like hairdryers between us then share the extra room for essentials.
What could you wear to the airport?
I always wear my biggest, heaviest items to travel in and it definitely saved me a lot of suitcase space again this time. It’s also handy if you’re fellow passengers insist on overusing the aeroplane air con!
I hope this comes in useful for any cold weather breaks you’ve got coming up and would love you to comment below if you’ve got any tips for winter packing.