I love wintery weekends away, no matter where they are. They’re often really affordable compared to summer weekends and I hate the thought of hibernating at home for the entire winter.
The only problem is pretty obvious…it’s the weather.
In Gothenburg last weekend it was freezing and I was completely underprepared for the chilly temperatures.
The locals don’t let the cold stop them getting out and about so we shouldn’t either. In Gothenburg we noticed people doing their shopping in their ski pants and there wasn’t a single person without warm boots and thick coats. (I suddenly felt very silly in my fluffy heeled boots without any grips or warmth)
If you aren’t prepared for this chilly weather it could easily ruin your trip. If you are prepared, however, you can have just as much fun, if not more, than a summer weekend away.
Don’t let the weather stop you from travelling this winter, just make sure you’re prepared and pack the right outdoor clothing.
Thick wooly hat
I’m currently a bit obsessed with knitting and I like to make my own hats using alpaca wool from Wool and the Gang.
As someone who loves taking photos while I travel, leather gloves are the only option. Wooly gloves are too awkward and I hate taking them on and off each time I take a photo. Mine were a present from Ted Baker a few years ago and I’m still in love with them.
I’m currently loving this Craghoppers coat from Get the Label (currently £90) with a cosy, faux fur lined hood. I like having a longer coat to keep my bum warm and the big hood means I don’t need to carry an umbrella.
The bigger, the better
Consider packing an extra jacket, just in case it’s really freezing. I like the Uniqlo ultra light down jackets that pack away into a tiny bag. They’re really warm considering their size but won’t take up any extra luggage space.
Topshop have a great selection of stylish knitwear and you can’t go wrong with M&S cashmere jumpers
This jeans/trousers seem to make it onto every packing list I write and it’s because I honestly wear them every day. They look like jeans but they’re soft cotton so they comfortable and dry quickly.
Top Pregnancy Tip: I’m currently 6 months pregnant and rather than buy the maternity version of these jeans, I’ve just extended the button hole by using a hair elastic. I then wear a longer top so no one can see I can’t button up my jeans!
Pop a pair of tights on underneath your trousers to stay extra snug. Buy a size too big for extra belly warmth and to avoid saggy tights crotch – there’s nothing worse! I usually find thermal leggings are too thick to comfortably get my jeans on.
My thermals are from M&S and I love them because they’re so thin but so warm. They’re also really affordable compared to outdoor brands.
Super thick socks
I steal my boyfriend’s super expensive snowboarding socks when it’s really cold. I can’t bring myself to spend £15 on a pair of socks but you really can tell the difference.
I’m currently in love with my biker boots from Urban Outfitters. They’re warm and snug and go with every outfit. Warm boots are absolutely essential for a winter weekend away. If your feet are cold, you’ll be miserable.
I highly recommend using compressible packing cubes in your suitcase to press the air out of your bulky winter clothes and save space!
Is there anything else you think should be on the packing list?
Check out the rest of my blog posts from Gothenburg….
My favourite scandi-style bloggers – inspired by my Gothenburg shopping tour!
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