PACKING LIGHT FOR A EUROPEAN WINTER HOLIDAY – THE GREAT CHALLENGE STYLE VS FUNCTION


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Packing for a winter holiday is always a bit more of a challenge than your usual warm summer trip where your biggest challenge is how many bikini’s to pack. Winter clothing is bulkier and heavier and if you don’t pack right you will be uncomfortable and spend more time worrying about your cold hands and feet instead of enjoying the fact you are across the other side of the world. We have done winter travel in Europe a few times and although we were OK, I really feel there is room for improvement. Clothing is getting technically smarter and so it’s time to take a bit more thought and care into how we pack for this vacation. The truth of the matter is I want to be a Winter Packing Superstar!!! (…pause here for effect) I want a super warm packing list that is also chic and stylish and doesn’t make me look like the Michelin man.

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How is this possible I just don’t know but the research has started and there is actually quite a lot of theory that goes into packing and layering and the best advice I have found to date is here – http://travelista.com/packing/functional-layering-for-travel/ . Now I’m not going to go into that length of detail because really, everything you need to know is in this post. The real challenge for us though is ….. we live in a fairly warm country, where here in Western Australia the next ice age is coming every time the temperature drops under 10 degrees.  Don’t get me wrong we do have outdoor stores however from experience a lovely fleecy jumper in the US or UK would be $50 max here you are looking at a starting price of $120. These items are ridiculously expensive and on top of that your options are fairly limited so the challenge is going to be hunting down bargains and suitable options. The good and bad news is it’s the end of the winter season so SALES are everywhere, the bad news is stock is limited so we need to get a wriggle on!

So you dear readers are going to join us on a journey to find the perfect winter travel wardrobe … not to heavy, nice and warm and above all else stylish! Am I looking for a miracle – perhaps, let’s see if we can make it happen!

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