Traveling Cozy: Winter Wardrobe Tips

Winter is here, and it’s damn chilly. That’s about the only downside to traveling in the offseason. So today, I’m sharing some of my smart winter wardrobe tips for traveling cozy and staying warm. Because right about now, all of Europe is freezing over into a solid block of ice (buuur).

Traveling Cozy: Winter Wardrobe Tips


If you want to dress smart and still look stylish, sweaters are the way to go. Tuck your sweater in to the front of your jeans for an instant outfit boost. Having a sweater slightly tucked in looks super stylish and less frumpy. You can layer here also, and I usually choose a button-down underneath. Try Express for decent prices and cute looks!

Duster Coat or Trench Coat

Whether you prefer one over the other, both will keep you warm in a stylish way. I love a good duster coat and I always bring one along when I am traveling in the winter. They’re also great to drape over yourself while you’re flying in your icebox (calling it what it really is).  I would suggest a Trench Coat for somewhere that’s typically quite wet in the winter, such as Amsterdam or Seattle.

Traveling Cozy: Winter Wardrobe Tips


Beanies are the ultimate winter accessory when traveling. Not only do they keep your noggin’ warm, but they are cheap (in relation to the other items), super cute, and hide a bad hair day like concealer hides a pimple. You might also go a few days without washing your hair while traveling, so a beanie is perfect to throw on!

Scarfs and Gloves

Scarfs are great because you can easily get rid of them if it becomes too hot. Most are small enough to fit into a large bag, and I’ve even tied them around the straps of my purse before. Your fingers are one of the first things to get cold and go numb. Wearing gloves is a life saver! Try a black leather pair to look stylish, and leave the ones you used to wear as an 8-year-old playing in the snow at home.

Traveling Cozy: Winter Wardrobe Tips

Socks and Boots

If you’re going to buy a pair of winter boots, and I suggest you do, then you’re going to want to consider the thickness of your socks and size yourself accordingly. I usually recommend going up a size. Another tip is to buy a pack of thick socks from Costco, which can save you some money in bulk. They are so comfortable!


As my reader, you had to have known this was coming, right? Whether or not coffee can be part of your wardrobe is probably debatable, but a girl never looked bad or felt cold holding onto a latte. Just sayin’. While you’re out there braving the cold this season, stop in at a coffee shop and grab a latte to go! Sipping on something warm always helps with the cold.

For more tips on packing, check out this guide and this one.

Are you traveling this winter? What do you always like to have to stay warm?


  1. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll be going somewhere during winter but at the end of November, I’m going to Copenhagen. I will probably put my winter coat on because it’s super cold here. Also, I love wearing layers and scarfs to keep me warm πŸ™‚

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    1. Oh yay! To me, that’s winter haha. I traveled to CPH is March and it was pretty chilly then too. If you’re looking for any tips, let me know!

  2. Yes! These tips are soo necessary! I don’t get how some people can wear close to nothing and walk around “just fine” in the wintertime. Hats, scarves and gloves can be cute and you won’t get frostbite! And thanks for reminding me to tuck my sweaters in! That makes such a difference. Thanks for the tips!


  3. I’ll be going to San Fransisco next week and I’m so excited but not sure what to pack. One of my biggest gripes with fall travel is trying to fit all my bulky things into 1 carry on! My husband thinks I’m being dramatic, but I’m sure most ladies know the struggle.

    I love traveling with beanies because it means I don’t need to do my hair πŸ˜‰

  4. I couldn’t agree more with all of these! I’ve been loving taking/wearing a large blanket scarf – they’re so perfect for your flight and also for outfits throughout the trip.

    Kathryn β€’

  5. Ahhhhh I so adore all of the items on this list! Beanies are the best for when I’m rocking the ‘haven’t washed it in 3 days’ travel hair. And coffee definitely CAN be a part of the wardrobe. It’s like an accessory… right?! Winter in CO gets super cold, so at least I can indulge in all this cozy goodness for the next few months!

    Susie |

  6. My favourite tip is definitely the last one…coffeeeee! Naturally, you would manage to squeeze that in somewhere. πŸ˜‰ I tend to travel to hotter countries so I remember when visiting Iceland how much of a shock to the system it was to have to work out how to pack bulky jumpers and not take up so much space in my case!

    Musings & More

  7. I need this as I’m (hopefully) gonna experience my first snow early next year! I’m so excited yet anxious over packing the wrong things and having to spend abroad where things are always more expensive. I never get to layer up so I want to look good in it as well lol.

  8. It’s so stinking hot today, moving up north feels like a no-brainer for me hahaha. That said when I do go over there this time of year, I never pack appropriately. Winter in Australia is pretty mild and I always carry that mindset with me. I never forget going down Route 66 last year (in Jan) and stoping the car to take a photo of an abandoned building and having a lady in a truck pull over to make sure I was ok and that I had a coat because it was “too cold to be out in just a sweater” hahahaha!


  9. I rarely travel during the winter unless it’s to escape to somewhere warm, haha, but all these pieces you listed are necessities for me during the colder months! Scarves especially are a must-have for me, the bigger the better. I like that the big ones can double as a wrap when flying as well πŸ™‚

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

    1. I wish I could do that! I find all the warm places to be so expensive. So I try to go for the colder places. I LOVE giant scarfs. They are totally multipurpose!

  10. I actually live in a very (very) cold climate and the best tips is to layer your clothes so that you can remove as you go – you can be warm outside but then remove one or two layers when you’re inside (i.e. wear a jacket and a thick sweater over a long sleeve top with a scarf)

    Another tip is the fabric you wear – you want it to be breathable but also warm. Linen and wool blends are great!

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