Planning a winter city break but not sure what to pack? Here’s your go-to winter city break packing list.

Winter can be a great time to go on a city break – with the exception of around Christmas, it’s generally cheaper and less crowded than the summer months, particularly in Europe. There’s snow (if you’re lucky) and a bright wintry day can provide the perfect backdrop for your explorations. As long as you come prepared, there’s no reason why a winter city break has to leave you feeling like an icicle. Here’s the perfect winter city break packing list to help you pack for your travels.

What Do You Need to Consider When Packing for a Winter City Break

What do you need to think about when you are packing for a winter city break? Well the first and most obvious thing you want to focus on is keeping WARM. This means lots of layering (there’s nothing worse than sweating away underneath a thick coat in a heated building) and warm and cosy materials.

At the same time, pack too much and you’re going to end up cursing your heavy suitcase and lamenting your bank balance when you have to pay to check-in your bag because it’s too large to carry on. Plus it will distract from awesome views like this… 

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When you are layering, you should aim to have three layers to keep you comfortable: a base layer, mid-layer and outer layer. Sounds easy right. Well, it is.

Your base layer is a close-fitting layer that preferably wicks sweat from your skin, your mid layer will just be a normal shirt, top or jumper and your outer layer should protect you from adverse weather and help to keep you warm (like a thick winter puffy, wool coat or waterproof rain jacket).

Let’s face it when it comes to what we want to wear on a city break, we want to look moderately fashionable and not like we’re about to ski down the mountains, so you want to pack items that are fashionable but still cosy. Online fashion retailers like Bellfield offer stylish and cosy winter clothing or just do some shopping around.

Bottoms-wise, one or two layers is sufficient. You can buy thermal tights and base layers and they are particularly useful if it’s going to be really cold – but most of the time I just wear a relatively thick pair of trousers and some warm socks.

So that’s the top and bottoms done. What else do you need to think about? Shoes, socks, hat, scarf and gloves and that’s it, you’re set to go.

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Winter City Break Packing List: At A Glance

  • Base Layers x 2 (preferably thermal ones)
  • Mid Layers x 4 (including a pair of thermal leggings)
  • Outer Layer x 1
  • Socks x 3 (you might want to double these up depending on your footwear)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm hat
  • Warm scarf, buff or neck gaiter
  • Gloves
  • Lip balm
  • Lotion
  • Other toiletries and accessories

Going on long-term travels? Don’t forget to check out my ultimate backpacking packing list before you go!