What to Pack for an Active Winter Holiday
By Brandless

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There are two types of people in this world: those who prefer to spend cold winter days cuddled up at home, and those who use the season as an excuse to get outside and explore. Whether you’re jetting off to Whistler, Aspen, or Mount Asahi in Japan, you can’t wait to get on the mountain and lay some fresh tracks in the powder — but you also need to plan and pack for the trip. And that poses a bit of a challenge. Of course, you want to bring all of your favorite gear, but you also want fit everything into just one checked bag. Here are a few tips for packing light for winter, so you have everything you need without feeling weighed down.

Clothing and Accessories

Even if you’re making a conscious effort to pack light for winter, clothing should take up most of the room in your suitcase. There’s nothing worse than being on the mountain, getting cold, and not having anything cozy to change into.

The key is to pack lighter items — such as leggings and turtlenecks that can easily be layered (and organized into packing cubes) — and a couple comfy staples that can transition from day to night. Keep it casual. If you’re heading from the slopes to dinner, you want your body to feel relaxed, not constricted. A good pair of jeans and a statement sweater will do the trick for your nighttime shenanigans.

What to Pack: Clothing and Accessories
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 long-sleeved shirts
  • 2 lightweight turtlenecks
  • 2 pairs of fleece-lined leggings
  • 1 cozy flannel
  • 1 lightweight sweater or cardigan
  • 1 heavy sweater
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 pair of city boots
  • 1 winter coat
  • 1 scarf
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • Ski jacket, pants, and goggles
  • Your favorite sleepwear
  • Socks and underwear


Pro Tip: Rent what equipment you can to avoid lugging around extra bags.

Toiletries and Personal Care

The sun’s rays still hit hard, even if it’s cold out. And since you’re going to be spending a lot of time outside, your skin will need some extra TLC. Not to mention, if you’re spending the day adventuring — whether skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, skating, or hiking — your muscles are going to feel it the next morning. Remember to pack these wellness must-haves that can help you recover quickly. 

What to Pack: Toiletries and Personal Care
Everyday Necessities

There are a few things that can make or break an active winter getaway. To make sure you don’t forget them, try travel organizers  — ours are made with recycled material and have sturdy built-in pockets that you can use to keep things in place (a must for when checked luggage moves through airport security and gets loaded onto the plane). 

What to Pack: Everyday Necessities
  • Sunglasses
  • Band-aids
  • Snacks for the slopes
  • Hand warmers
  • Supplements and multivitamins
  • Glasses and contact lenses
  • Tissues and tampons
Home Comforts

If you’ve kept to our suggested list, then you’ve got a little bit of room left to stow away some creature comforts. Doing so will allow you to unwind after an invigorating day outside and help you stick with your morning and bedtime routines, so that you remain your best self even when away from home.

What to Pack: Home Comforts
  • Cozy slippers
  • Paperback book
  • Tea bags or hot chocolate mix


Packing light for an active winter getaway shouldn’t wear you out. With the right suitcase and travel accessories, you’ll be able to fit everything you need to adventure in the chilly outdoors and warm up afterwards. Shop our travel collection to find the perfect piece of luggage to carry on your next winter holiday.


Photos: Alain Wong / Unsplash, Brandless, Alena Ozerova / Shutterstock

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