Are your boots, sweaters, and bulky jeans taking up too much space in your travel backpack? If they are, then you already know just how hard it can be to pack for a cold-weather vacation, right? That is why packing light – or to be more accurate, packing right – is considered to be one of the most challenging parts of travel preparation. If you pack more stuff than you actually need, you will be dragging unnecessary weight across airports, hotels, and unfamiliar cities. It is safe to say that this is something that you should avoid at all times. But then again, if you don’t pack enough stuff, you will be forced to hunt down the items that you need to keep yourself warm in unfamiliar locations, which means that you will be spending much more money than you had originally planned.
That being said, finding the right middle ground is a form of art in its own right. This is especially the case when you are visiting a cold-weather place. Is it even possible to put all of your scarves, boots, jeans, and sweaters into the same travel backpack without putting too much weight on your shoulders? Even if it is, you really need to know how to do it. This is why you should never wait for the day you hit the road to start preparing for your cold-weather getaway. With that said, here are some tips that should help you prepare for your cold-weather vacation!
Use Compression Bags
Instead of putting everything in your travel backpack right away, you should use compression bags to organize your clothing items first. For example, you can use one compression bag for pants and bottoms, and another for sweaters and tops. Once your clothing items are nicely organized, compress the bags. By doing this, you shrink the items to half of their original volume, which means that you get to save more space in your backpack.
Don’t Double Up
If you want to take your black pants or your favorite jeans for you, make sure to pack just one pair. Although this applies to both genders, it is especially important for men. Avoid doubling up on your clothing items, and you will end up saving a lot of space in your backpack.
Choose a Color Scheme and Stick To It
When it comes to packing clothing items for your trip, you should choose a color scheme that you like and stick to it throughout the entire trip. There is nothing wrong with wearing the same t-shirt two or three days in a row when traveling. It’s not like you will be seeing the same people every single day, will you?