Hey Y'all! I'm currently sitting at the Airport waiting for my flight back to Austin and my suitcase is SO LIGHT. I'm pretty proud of myself because I'm the self appointed queen of overpacking in our little family.
I'm sure so many of you can relate - because YA NEVER KNOW if you'll need the 50 extra things that you packed that you never actually end up using. But you lug it cross country anyway and later realize it was just a big mess and pain in the butt to pack that much especially when you get home and have to unpack it all. Exhausting. LOL
Well, I think I've finally taken enough inventory of what I actually need when traveling for a winter getaway, as realized during my 10 day trip to/in Montana and previous snow getaways. Thankfully we had a washer/dryer while in Montana and although I wouldn't have needed it because I overpacked - I used it because I wore what I knew I would be inclined to wear and I stuck to those things even though I had other options... sounds like I need to clean my closet out and get rid of some things when I get home!
So here we go, here it is!
How to: pack an efficient suitcase for a winter getaway
- Take one pair of underwear's and crew socks per day + two pairs of snow socks, two sports bra and one regular bra and throw them into a nice little organizational bag so they are all in one place
- Clean out your make-up bag pre-travel and put in it only the things you use every day for your daily makeup look. Then with the extra space you have in your makeup bag, fill it with your face wash, moisturizer, deodorant, toothbrush, razor, etc. I only pack travel sized shampoo & conditioner if I'll be somewhere for 2-3 days, if it's longer then I just buy $2 Suave Shampoo & Conditioner when I get where I'm going.
- Get a Jewelry Organizer for travel! Mine was a Christmas gift one year, but I've linked some similar because it's flat and it fits perfectly into my travel bag. It holds a lot of jewelry too! Love this thing.
- Pack one pair of winter boots along with whatever you're wearing during travel (make those comfy and versatile). I only wore my winter boots the entire time in Montana - they are comfortable plus completely winter appropriate and practical. Hauling any other shoes around would have been completely pointless.
- Can't forget your flask! Gotta stay warm on the mountain or wherever you are headed on your winter escape
- Pack one-two pairs of thermal long johns. I only used one pair the entire time! Gross or efficient? I washed them midway through the trip
- Two pairs of pants, a pair of jeans and a pair of snow pants if you're going somewhere that cold / with snow or just two pairs of jeans if not!
- 3 of your favorite sweaters + 2 of your favorite shirts for every day you'll be going out & your travel day.
- Pack your favorite pajamas + the t-shirt you actually sleep in. I always have a cute pear of pajamas to wear around the house at night but I can't sleep in pants and long sleeves! So I change into a sleep shirt before bed and I don't mind wearing the same one all week!
- Pack one fleece because if it's that cold where you're going you'll need it under your winter jacket.
- Pack one winter jacket. I take my big puffy midi columbia jacket and usually wear it while traveling because it's that cozy! Plus, I hate being cold on a flight.
(I left out snowboarding gear because we pack all of that in our snowboard bag)
Travel Jewelry Organizer
Underwear - Bra - Sock Organizers
What other tactics do you use to help you pack more efficiently? Share below!