The time has finally come for you to pack your bags and jet off on your magical festive getaway, to one of the world’s many incredible Christmas holiday destinations. It’s so easy to get swept up in the excitement of Christmas shopping and all the festivities, that your packing could end up being the last thing on your mind!
Fear not, we’re here to ensure your suitcase has everything you need to brave the elements and wander into the unknown. Whether you’re headed out on an arctic adventure, going sledding in Lapland with huskies, or simply feasting at a mesmerising Christmas market – the chances are you’re going to need to wrap up warm, which means packing your warmest socks, cosiest gloves and bobble hat.
Your essential holiday packing list
You can’t fully enjoy what you’re doing if your teeth are chattering and you’re shivering away. Armed with the right clothing, you can feel warm and protected from the elements – which means you can spend more time exploring.
Here are some essentials you need to include in your Christmas packing list:
A decent waterproof, warm coat
One of the most important things you need to take on last minute Christmas holidays is a high quality jacket that will shield you from the cold and wet. Some of the best Christmas holidays include extreme and fun winter sports like snowboarding, skiing and tobogganing – and you need a durable jacket for all of these. And if you’re going somewhere particularly brisk, where temperatures are likely to plummet, then an insulated jacket is a must.
A soft, warm fleece
The fleece is a must have on any winter getaway, and absolutely must be in your Christmas packing list. Your fleece will come in handy even when you’re done exploring, as you can wear it as you cosy up by the fireplace or in an après ski bar. And when you do venture out into icy conditions, it will help to keep you well insulated and toasty under your coat.
A trusty rucksack
As well as all your clothes, don’t forget some uber practical accessories, like a spacious rucksack. It’s any explorer’s most trusted companion. Once you’ve unpacked your suitcase, you’ll need a trusty smaller bag to take out on any outdoor adventures.
If you’re trudging through thick snow or puddles of rain, the last thing you want is to get wet trousers. Especially if it’s bitterly cold outside. Make sure you pack a decent pair of waterproof trousers for rainy days.
Underneath those waterproof trousers, you may want to wear some toasty thermal trousers. These are a must-have if you’re going somewhere super cold and snowy, as they provide a comforting layer of warmth. You may also want to pack a thermal top and socks depending on where you’re going and what you’re doing.
What’s more Christmassy than getting wrapped up warm in a hat, gloves and a festive scarf? These are key accessories for exploring Christmas markets, as well as any outdoor adventures.
A few extra packing tips for Christmas getaway:
Just because it’s cold, doesn’t mean you can’t burn from the sun. When you’re hitting the slopes on your skiing holiday, remember to pack sun lotion and lip protection. And if you’re struggling to fit all your winter packing essentials in, then try using compression sacks, packs socks inside shoes and wear some of your layers on the plane!