Is it your first time to visit a country during its winter season? The trick to avoid overpacking is to figure out what you can reuse and layer. Before you pile on those fashionable coats and get charged for overweight luggage, check our list:
Thermal underwear is a definite must when you’re planning to spend time in a country during winter. They are made of a lightweight blend of fibers like wool, rayon, and polyester and come in shirts, tights, socks—basically anything that acts as a warm padding for your body before you layer on your fashionable winter outfits. There are even times when you need to layer your thermals because temperatures dip way below zero. You can pack two to three sets for a week’s stay, and if you need more (and you don’t have access to laundry) you can always buy at your destination.
TRY: HeatTech Collection by Uniqlo: Ultra Warm Crew Neck T-Shirt, P1,290; Ultra War Leggings, P1,290; Finger Socks - 2 Pairs, P590
Warm sleep and lounge wear
While hotels you’ll be staying at are heated, the environment can still be a bit too cold for your taste, so it's best bring one pair of sleepwear that has a nice, thick lining. Trust us, it’ll be cozy.
TRY: Ultra Stretch Lounge Set, P790 at Uniqlo
Hat and scarf
Based on experience, it’s pretty important to cover your head and your neck from the blistering cold because once these are snug and warm, the rest of your body follows faster. Make sure you find a scarf and a beanie that are thick enough to retain heat. If it becomes way too cold, get a pair of ear muffs. No need to bring a lot—one set will do. Keep colors neutral so they can go with any outfit!
Many ginawin ladies swear by mittens as they are often warmer than gloves, but unless you have those functional mittens with top parts you can take off without removing the whole piece (these can be hard to look for locally), you may want to stick with gloves when going around the city. There are many available options with warm linings to choose from. Pick a design that can blend with all your outfits so you’ll only need to bring one pair.
TRY: Laser-cut gloves, P995 at Mango
Though fashionable, you’ll need to leave your heels, flats, and even your sneakers at home and get a pair of boots that are water- and snow-proof. These should be sealed tight once laced to avoid seepage, but comfortable and warm enough for a whole day of walking. Pick boots that you can also use back in the Philippines, as premium footwear can be quite an investment.
TRY: Timberland Velvet Accent Premium Waterproof Boots, available in Timberland branches
Your layered outfits should always include outerwear. Coats and jackets can be pretty heavy, so it’s good to get one that you can use for the entire duration of your trip. If it can’t be avoided, bring only two at the most—one that’s good for serious functions, and another that you can use for casual city tours. Remember, you'll eventually take your coat off once you step into establishments, so there's no need to be finicky about it.
Moisturizer and lip balm
Winter winds can be painful, especially if your skin is already dehydrated. Make sure to bring a small tub of moisturizer and lip balm in your bag as these can seriously make things a great deal more comfortable for you.
TRY: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, P1,575 at Kiehl’s outlets, Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15, P1,387 at Sephora.ph