How to Pack for a Winter Trip

When you are traveling during the winter, it goes without saying that you need to dress warmly, and that means packing a lot of bulky items of clothing, which feels like a struggle. Our Chicago airport shuttle service has been in the transport industry for a while and we understand this all too well. So, how are you supposed to pack light for cold weather? Is it even possible? We say yes, and we will show you how.

Before we speak on this, we would like to recommend employing the services of our Chicago group transportation service for all your winter ground transportation needs. Driving and navigation during the winter can be quite hectic and treacherous, but with our chauffeurs behind the wheel you can rest assured that you are in the hands of a trained professional. All you need to do is enjoy the comfort and amenities of a luxury vehicle as you are transferred safely and promptly to any destination of your choice.

Here are a few tips on how to pack for your winter trip.

Base Layers First

These include tank tops and t-shirts; pack several of these because you can wear them under anything, they take up very little space, and they are pretty light. As a bonus, tank tops and t-shirts will come in handy during the warmer periods of your trip or when you are exercising and sleeping. The goal here is to capitalize on items that keep your core warm, enabling you to minimize on the heavier clothing items worn on the outside, for example, jackets and trench coats.

Basic Black

Emphasize on black clothing; no, this is not a fashion statement, unless you want it to be. Black clothing items are cool, easy to pair, and hard to distinguish, meaning you could have three black shirts on your entire trip and no one would ever know the difference. But besides this, black clothes don’t appear as dirty as they should be, allowing you to stall on doing laundry, which will probably take forever to dry anyway in this weather. This approach may be unorthodox, but it is quite effective when you absolutely want to travel light during winter.


Shoes are one of the heaviest items in your luggage, so don’t play it big on that department. Preferably, find one solid pair in a neutral color such as black. This way you can pair it with just about any outfit and not seem out of place. Also, due to its dull color, stains, slush, and mud will not be as prominent as they would be on bright colors, meaning you don’t have to clean the shoes often during the trip. Note a good winter travel show must be weatherproof, have light lacing, and it must be versatile, i.e., you can go to the park and still show up for a dinner date in the same pair.

Posted on Dec 21 2018