The Female Traveler’s Top 12 Essential Items For A Winter Backpacking Trip
Female travellers would likely all agree that traveling can be an exhilarating, empowering and eye-opening experience. Most female travellers would also likely agree that knowing what to pack for an upcoming trip can be a challenge. What to bring? How much? Do I carry on or deal with dragging around a massive suitcase? Backpacking in the winter or traveling to countries with colder weather presents a unique challenge in that regard because, lets face, it warm clothes are heavy and take up a lot of room. We asked several female travellers to name the items that were most essential for a winter backpacking trip. Read on to see what they came up with!
Without a doubt layering up helps to save space in your suitcase while also ensuring that you can keep warm in any climate. Make sure to have a waterproof and windproof outer layer such as a rain coat, a middle layer such as a puffy jacket or fleece and a long sleeve shirt in wool or a quick drying material.
2. Warm/WaterProof Jacket
A good quality jacket could make or break your backpacking trip. The best travel jacket is warm, waterproof and packable. Several companies offer a 3 in 1 type jacket that has an outer shell and inner fleece that can be worn together or separately. Instant layers and extra room in your suitcase for souvenirs!
3. Wool Underwear
Wool is warm and breathable and dries quickly – the best possible companion for the female traveler. The drawback to wool long underwear is that it is a bit pricey but it will last forever and is well worth the investment. Uniqlo heattech leggings and tops are a solid option as well and very affordable!
4. Empty hot water flask
Made out of rubber, they fold up quite small when empty and can easily fit into a carry on suitcase without taking up much room. You can heat it over a campfire if you are backpacking or with hot water from a tap or kettle when traveling. These are great to throw in sleeping bag or bed for extra warmth on cold nights!
Get this cute water bottle from Amazon for £7.99
5. hand warmer
Or you can get these little hand warmers.
A warm hat is probably one of the best things you can bring on a cold weather backpacking trip. It’s really amazing how much difference a hat can make and it takes up barely any space in a suitcase. It can also serve as a cute fashion accessory to jazz up you’re winter travel attire.
Get your own beanie with Pompom, available on Amazon for £5.99 in 10 colours!
7. Oversized Scarf/Blanket Scarf
A warm scarf every female traveller’s best friend. If you buy one that is on the larger side, it can also serve as a blanket while on the plane. Who doesn’t love a two in one?
8. Warm (waterproof) gloves
Like most women I know, my hands are always the first body part to feel the cold. Gloves are light and packable and will assure that your hands and fingers are able to move and will ward off dry skin. The best travel gloves will be stretchy, packable and be touch screen compatible so you can still use your phone to take pictures of your trip!
9. Wool Socks
The second body part that gets cold after your hands is usually your feet! A pair of wool (try these BRUBAKER Unisex Alpaca Wool Socks) or other warm socks are fairly inexpensive, easy to pack and will make sure that your feet stay warm as you are backpacking around the world.
Grab these Alpaca Wool Socks, £29.99 in the UK and $29.99 in the US. Available in various colours.
Winter in most parts of the world means extra hours of darkness. A flashlight really should be part of every female traveler’s travel essentials but is even more important in the winter. Whether you are hiking out in the woods or trying to find your way down unfamiliar streets of a foreign city after dark, a flashlight will provide much needed light. In a pinch, a smart phone flashlight will do, but be sure to bring a portable battery charger because the cold can drain a phone battery faster than you would expect!
Spending any time outside backpacking through nature or city streets will do a number on your skin. Especially enter into an environment with heating inside. Make sure to bring or pickup a good moisturiser such as shea butter or an oil such as coconut oil that can rehydrate your skin. skin is really struggling with the cold weather outside and the heating turned up high inside. It’s broken out and is really dry at the same time.
The red bottle of Lubriderm for extra dry skin comes highly recommended by the members of the GoWonder community and the best part? It works a treat and doesn’t break the bank!
Get yours from Amazon for £9.48 or $6.97 in the US.
12. Winter boots/water & snow proof boots
A waterproof pair of boots will ensure your toes are cosy and you are ready to start wandering no matter how cold it is outside!
If you are going to a destination with lots of snow, then a pair that covers your ankle is a must. Check these Skechers Women’s Colorado-Tall Quilted Snow Shoe. Available on amazon from £69.13 – £69.16 in the UK or, $90.00 – $114.95 if you are in the US.
That’s all from us, do you have any must have Essential Items For A Winter Backpacking Trip? Leave it in the comments below!
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