Suitcase is always that thing: there are superorganized people who leave everything ready days in advance, but let’s agree that the vast majority leave everything to the last minute, right?
Unfortunately, when it comes to travel to very cold destinations, especially with snow, care needs to be doubled. It is practically impossible to take all the necessary items if you leave to assemble the suitcase the night before, because you may simply not have some essential parts.
I decided to mount this checklist to help you – and myself, haha 😉 – prepare a functional suitcase! The quantities, obviously, vary according to the duration of the trip and it is worth remembering that it usually pays to buy some items at the destination, since in some regions of Brazil we do not have so many options and some parts come out really expensive.
Second skins are essential! To this day, Paulo and I recommend the pieces of The north face because despite the high price, they are very thin and really warm. It is simply impossible to go to the snow without a long-sleeved blouse and, when it is really cold, as was the case in Iceland and on our last trip to NY, pants in this style underneath are essential, really.
Another point that many people forget to give due attention to is their feet. The extremities of the body need to be very protected and thermal socks can help you a lot at this time! Sports stores usually have some options, ok?
Look, if your destination is further away from big cities or if you intend to walk up and down all day, the coats and jackets of over there, pieces in cashmeres or very thick knits are indispensable.
This will always be that second right layer. The models in over there they are more sporty and perfect for those who go to an environment full of trails and want to take long walks outdoors. In Iceland and Carretera Austral, for example, they are great options.
In the case of cities, everything depends on your personal taste. The cashmere pieces are expensive, but they are thin and hardly weigh on the look. You can even think of putting a shirt or shirt underneath and making the production more tidy. Always remember that in closed places you get warm with your jacket and that is why it is good to have a nice outfit underneath.
The warm knits are usually thick, so try to opt for a cuter model with a high collar, for example, so you don’t need another layer under the jacket.
It cannot be denied that the “puff” (matelasse) models are the most suitable when temperatures are extremely low. Despite the big appearance, the pieces are very light and great for those who will stay all day on the street. To take in the suitcase, you can use a vacuum packaging bag that takes all the air out and greatly reduces the volume of the models. These pieces really have a more sporty footprint, but there are some luxury brands, like the Moncler, which offer more sophisticated options with covers to vary the look – we’ll talk more about that in this shopping video!
In Brazil it is more rare to find this type of piece, but in The north face and on Decatlhon you find good options in this more sporty style. Outside the country the variety is much greater: Uniqlo, Macy’s and itself Decatlhon are some stores that offer good alternatives with a much lower price than Moncler, for example.
When the destination is more urban, you can invest in more elegant pieces such as fur coats (fake, of course) or really warm wool. It is worth mentioning that these models weigh too much in the suitcase and that is why you don’t need to take several – depending on the travel time, 2 pieces are more than enough. I advise you to take a black coat and another caramel, moss green or navy blue that look good in practically all looks.
OBS: if you don’t have an appropriate piece for the destination, because the coats here usually don’t handle the extreme cold, I advise you to take the warmest you have and buy a model at the destination. In Europe, the United States and Canada I know that it is much easier (and in some cases cheaper) to find suitable parts.
This is also a topic that varies a lot according to the destination, but if there is one thing that is universal, it is the waterproof boots, with a very thick rubber sole and, preferably, with fur inside. You have to keep in mind that your foot needs to be 100% dry and warm!
In places where you will be hiking or actually walking in the snow, it is worthwhile to buy even more sport boots, with a tracted sole. The models can be found in multi-brand sports stores, but the Sorel it’s at Timberland have several quality female and male models. A waterproof spray is also always welcome!
To vary the look you don’t need several coats, just switch the accessories. Scarves, hats and gloves are really essential, ok? In the case of gloves, some foreign stores such as Muji it’s at Uniqlo have options with a small cut on the thumb that helps when using the cell phone 😉
There is another item that can be very useful in areas with a lot of wind that are the ear protectors. There are very cute models that resemble headphones, but if you are doing sports, the tracks are the best alternatives.
For women, lined socks are also good options for looks with dresses or skirts. I recommend using this type of garment if you are going to stay indoors with heating, such as dinner. That’s because I really have a lot of cold in my legs and it’s practically impossible to put up with a pantyhose all day.
I also think sunglasses are a must. Many people relate the accessory to summer looks, but in places with snow it is as necessary as on the beach. This is because the white snow reflects the sun’s rays that impair vision a lot. Aah, not to mention that glasses with large lenses also give that protected against the wind, right?
Phew, I think I could explain basically what you need on this type of trip! Of course, everything varies according to the destination, the temperature, the duration of the trip and your personal style. I myself say that two coats are more than necessary, but I usually take more to vary the looks of the vlogs.
As I made the observation in the topic of coats, I think it is worth remembering here that all other items can be found more easily in destinations. So, if this is your first trip to the cold, I advise you to take a few things from here and make good purchases abroad, both for thermal parts, such as accessories and jackets.