5 things to pack for a cold weather vacation

It's funny that after spending the first 27.5 years of my life in the Northeast, cold weather is now a novelty to me. My body adapted to the balmy climate down here almost immediately upon moving to Florida, leaving me shivering in temperatures below 70 degrees. Winter is now something that I only experience a few days out of the year, when I'm traveling. Packing for colder temps is decidedly more challenging than packing for a beach vacation – clothes take up more room, and more layers are required. My dry skin almost immediately gets chapped and ashy. So here are five things I've learned to pack for every winter getaway.​​​​

5 Things to Pack for Cold Weather

Sweater: JOA (sold out, similar here) // Hat: Heartloom // Jacket: J. Crew (old, similar here) // Sunnies: Ray-Ban // Tank: Spiritual Gangster // Vegan Leather Leggings: Blank Denim

Moisturizer: I have dry skin to begin with, so it's even more important for me to take care of it in chillier weather. I've been using Bliss Fabulous Drench N Quench Cream to Water Moisturizer. It hydrates my skin without making it feel greasy, and has a decadent, spa-like scent that I can't get enough of.

Hat: I'm sure you all know that keeping your extremities (head, feet, hands) warm is key to staying toasty in frigid temps. Plus, I'm a hat person and I'll take any excuse to throw on a cute topper. My go-to this season is this Heartloom pom pom version (pictured above), but I also love a faux suede baseball cap or wide-brimmed wool fedora.

Lip balm: There are few things worse than chapped lips, so I make sure to keep mine slathered in lip balm at all times, but especially in cold weather. I love Fresh Sugar Tinted Balms, which add the perfect amount of sheer color, but I'm also a fan of good ol' Aquaphor.

Down Coat: Since I'm usually traveling back and forth from temps in the mid-70s, I like to pack my jacket vs. lugging it around the airport. Coats tend to be bulky, though – so I like to pack a down jacket that I can stuff into my carryon. Uniqlo makes the best lightweight down coats that fold down into an impossibly small size and take up virtually no room in my suitcase.

Scarf: I usually opt for larger scarves that can double as blankets on flights (and that I can wrap around my face if the wind starts picking up). I love blanket scarves from Madewell and Zara.

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