Finally, my most awaited holiday of the year is less than a week away and clearly I cannot contain my excitement. I am going to be off to a freezing Rajasthan for a little over a week; destinations including Ranthambore Jungle, Pushkar, Ajmer and Jaipur. It is all very exciting, until the thought of packing for trip dawns upon me. Nothing is more tedious and stressful than packing for a winter holiday, especially with strict weight restrictions on the luggage.
As I sat down, making a mental note of the basic requirements for this holiday, I thought why not do it on wordpress and be of some help to all you lovely peeps stuck in the same boat.
Layering is the way to go, hence we start with basic full-sleeves/ turtle neck t-shirts that’ll serve as the 1st layer. This, also can be repeated as you are going to be wearing it under a jumper/cardigan. For people who feel extra cold, thermals would be a better option.
A lot of people carry jeans, but in my opinion it weighs too much and if it ends up raining, it’s a mission getting that pair to dry up. Woollen tights/leggings are my go-to for sub-zero getaways. They are easy to carry, and also the advantage that you can fit in a few pairs in different colours.
Carry a few cashmere/fleece cardigans or jumpers. They are very light but extremely warm. You will not require too many layers with these and will save space for any extra accessories you might want to carry.
These are important winter time accessories, which are not just for show but are great for protecting you against strong winter winds. One pair of dark coloured gloves, thick woven scarves/mufflers and a woollen hat that would cover the ears and the back of the neck should be ideal. You can add/take away items according to your preference.
Good, sturdy, comfortable boots are my go-to and I would suggest, they best be worn while traveling so as to not bulk up your luggage. Also carry, warm woollen socks/leg warmers for indoors in case you end up in a settting, with not the perfect kind of heating system. Carry a pair of neutral ballerina flats that would go with any outfit and one pair of party heels, if you are going to be getting out for christmas/new year’s eve.
This is the outer most layer, also the heaviest and most space consuming. It’s best you pick just one of these, as difficult it might be to choose from that dogtooth coat or that pink fur or that oxblood Marni coat. Carry the one that would compliment every outfit and take it as cabin baggage, so you don’t end up going excess baggage on the check-in luggage.
The temptation pack all your favourite winter wear is strong, I know; in fact who knows better. However, do refrain from unnecessarily bulking up your luggage and making the travel a task.