Packing Light For Heavy Winter – What Are Your Travel Must Haves?


Fitting all that winter gear into one bag

We made it to the village, and we are all settled in the hotel. We’re going to hike, and also I’ll read and chill while V. goes snowboarding. The snow is fresh and the pistes are crowded.

This is our second time having a family vacation (with the whole family) in this hotel and it’s one of the loveliest places I’ve been to. It’s such a darling, with all the wooden furniture and what-not, a spa, and a really relaxing feeling.


This trip was a bit of a packing challenge for me. Last year when we traveled to Brazil in December I also took the challenge to pack less than I normally do. But summer clothes are super easy to pack because they don’t take too much space, but winter stuff? The jackets, bulky pants, boots, thermal underwear, socks, scarves… So much to pack!

I took upon myself to pack smart this time, and I think I’ve made some progress. We have been really into applying some minimalism into our lives for the past months, so this had to happen. The problem is, I’m lousy at packing. I’m a cross between the person who will bring a rice cooker to a hotel and the one who has some mild case of excess baggage. I’ve gotten a lot better over the years, but I want to keep improving it.

This is a list of things I’ve packed for this trip and so far I’ve used all of it, with the exception of two scarves and two hats. There was really only need for one of each, and I have to admit that my winter jacket + fleece top combo worked wonders so I barely had to even use a scarf! Yay for layers.


– Shampoo bar from Lush
– Castile Soap bar (for showering, shaving, etc)
– Face soap bar from Lush
– Coconut oil with added Vitamin E (for under-eye use, body, hair, etc)
– Face cream with sunscreen and a few drops of jojoba oil added (for dry weather)
– Homemade Toothpaste
– Crystal Deodorant

Note: V. and I share some of these products. And yes, I now realize I could have just brought a bar of Castile soap to use for everything… But you know, always learning.


– Foundation
– Brow gel
– Eyeliner (with black and white tips)
– Homemade blush/lip-stain
– Eyelash curler
– Mascara

Note: I only brought more make-up products because dinner in the hotel is fancy and they require you to dress up.


– Panties, bras, socks, and pantyhose
– Thermal underwear (top and bottom)
– Fleece top
– 2 winter water-proof jackets (I wore one in the airplane)
– 3 sweaters
– 1 white blouse
– 3 cardigans
– 2 dresses
– 2 jeans
– 2 hats
– 2 scarves
– Sorel Snow Boots
– Roxy Snow Boots
– Black flats
– Black wedges
– Waterproof warm gloves
– Fancy hairpins and some hair elastics

packing light - gears


– Go Pro
– Camera
– Noise-canceling headset
– Cards for playing


– Medicines (Anti-acids, pain-killers, allergy medication and cream)
– Tote bag for shopping or whatever I might need
– Longchamp Le Pliage foldable black bag

Maybe one day I can take a one week trip without checking in any luggage! A girl can dream, right? When I arrived at the hotel I unpacked all my things into the closet – neatly – I’m so proud of myself. It makes getting ready a thousand times easier and faster, and you don’t need to spend any precious fun time looking for what to wear or where your favorite top might be or where your other sock is. That might be the best tip I’ve followed: Unpacking out of your suitcase!

What are your travel must-haves?

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