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Packing suitcases in winter: 10 practical tips and tricks to make your trip easier and enjoy the vacation!

Are you just getting ready for your next ski trip or winter getaway? Good for you. But you need to think about how to pack your suitcase in winter so you can find enough space for your winter clothes and accessories. Even if you think it’s impossible, there are ways to pack light – even in winter. Maybe you learned the hard way: on one trip, your overstuffed bag literally burst at the seams and you vowed never to overpack again. Check out our simple suitcase packing tips and tricks to make your winter travel easier!

1. make layers when packing

Lightweight layers are your friend when it comes to packing to save space

Lightweight layers are your friend when it comes to packing to save space, and there’s nothing lighter or warmer than thermal underwear. Other smart layers that are also lightweight, like sweaters, are easy to take on and off or pack back into your bag. Pack plenty of cold weather accessories like scarves, gloves and knee socks that will provide extra warmth without taking up much room.

2. Use bulky items as a buffer.

If you’re traveling with bulky clothing items, pack them sensibly. For example, use sweaters as buffers to save space. If you have a bulky hat, use your sweater to fill it out.

3. wear bulky clothes on the plane.

Plush, heavy jackets and heavy shoes should be worn on the plane to save as much space as possible for other items. On a plane, a jacket can easily be squeezed into the overhead compartment between other luggage. Also, a nice fluffy jacket can be used as a blanket or pillow during the flight.

4. packing suitcases in winter: Roll or fold

The best way to save space is to roll your clothes instead of folding them

The best way to save space is to roll your clothes instead of folding them. You can save even more space by placing smaller clothes on top of larger ones and then rolling both pieces together. A 25-year veteran pilot says his main packing tip is to roll up undershirts, underpants and socks into small “footballs.” That way, clean clothes are easy to find and the day’s gear is together, making it easier to get dressed in a strange city. Combine rolling and folding. We find that folding jeans and pants works well, while rolling jackets and tops is best. But feel free to experiment! Different materials fold differently and require creativity.

5. use packing cubes

Using packing cubes compresses your clothes into a flexible cube-shaped bag

Using packing cubes, which compress your clothes into a flexible cube-shaped bag, can also help you save space. The idea is to compress your bulky clothes as much as possible so your suitcase isn’t filled with air and wasting space. Not only can packing cubes be used to organize everything, but bulky items are literally reduced to a smaller size.

There are also tricks you can use to make your own space-saving bags, either by submerging the bag under water to squeeze out all the air – which can be problematic for all sorts of reasons – or by converting an ordinary zippered plastic bag to fit your vacuum tube.

6. use rubber bands when packing suitcase.

Some people swear by rubber bands to get lots of bulky items into a small bag.  You can use rubber bands to tie up each item of clothing to make the most of the space you have in your bag.

7.Pack the jacket and shoes first.

Put the shoes down alternately, try to make the outline of the boots like a square


If you’re traveling to a snowy destination, you’re probably taking winter boots as well. Start with an empty suitcase and fill the boots with small items (like socks, underwear, headbands, tops and scarves). Then, place the boots down in an alternating pattern (try to make the outline of the boots like a square, with one heel on the bottom and the other heel upside down on top). Next, add your jackets to the mix. Pack them in the center and the shirts and pants on the edge of the bag, but you can put them anywhere that fits.

8. pack the puffer jackets/vests.

Winter suitcase packing - 10 practical tips and tricks to make your trip easier and your vacation more enjoyable

Puffer jackets and vests are not only trendy and cozy, but also perfect for saving space. Because of their material (they are insulated with down or synthetic fibers), there is more air between the material, so it can condense more easily. To pack them properly, zipper or button up the front. Fold the sleeves inward over the center and roll them up from top to bottom. Use a rubber band to hold the jacket in place, or simply tuck it into your bag last. In any case, the jacket is very easy to pack thanks to the soft and cuddly material.

9. pack suitcases in winter with mix-and-match outfits.

Pack clothes that match each other so you don't need so many extras


Pack clothes that match each other so you don’t need so many extras. If all your outfits are from the same or similar color family, you’ll only need an extra sweater and pair of pants for emergencies.

10. pack multipurpose wardrobe for vacation.

Packing suitcases in winter - There is no need to pack three different outfits to travel for one day

There’s no need to pack three different outfits to go on a day-long trip. Start with a basic outfit for the day, and complement it with heels, a blazer or sparkly jewelry in the evening. Oh, and those comfy yoga pants you packed for that lazy day at the hotel? There’s no reason why they can’t double as pajamas, right?