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How to Pack for a Winter Vacation

By Siji

Months of December through February are typically the winter months in India. For higher altitudes, however, the winter months slightly extend till mid-March or so. If you are planning to travel to the beautiful winter wonderlands of India such as Manali, Auli, Gulmarg, etc., this winter, you may find this article useful.

Packing your bags for any trip could be a tedious task with many essential items to be packed and cross-checked several times, but it is extra tedious to pack for winters. But fret not, here is a winter travel checklist to help you out. Let us see what are the items to be carried for a winter trip and how to pack for a winter vacation.

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Pack Your Clothes in Layers

Staying warm is important during the trip, hence ensure that you pack enough warm clothes. The best way to pack clothes is to pack them as layers with the thermal wear first, then the shirt/t-shirt and after that a pullover or a jacket. Wearing the thermals closest to your skin will prevent the body heat from escaping faster. Layering will not only make you look good but also will keep you warm.

Pairs of Socks

Don't forget to pack enough pairs of socks. Pack a couple of cotton socks and a couple of thick/woollen socks. Like clothes, layering socks also helps one to stay warm in lower temperatures. If your feet are kept warm, the weather can be handled without much difficulty. There is no harm in packing a few extra pairs of socks, as it doesn't consume much space.

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While Packing Footwear

One of the important things to pack for a winter vacation is footwear. While packing your shoes, make sure you don't take leather-soled shoes as they may not be a good option to travel at slippery areas or snowy regions. If you want a warmer choice of footwear, boots would be a good choice.


If you have covered yourself up well, you may not need an extra jacket or coat while you travel. However, it is advised to pack your coat so that you can use it when the weather gets severe. Invest in a good quality jacket, that will make sure you are warm enough and also can be used on your multiple winter trips. If you don't want to stuff your luggage with the coat, you can even use it as a pillow as you travel!

Accessories You Should Pack

Apart from the warm clothes and shoes, do pack other accessories that help you survive the extreme climatic conditions of the place. You can carry scarves, hats and normal and waterproof gloves to protect yourself from the cold and snow. To keep your skin soft and supple, use a good moisturizer or cold cream, preferably with higher UV protection.

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