The secret is layers!
- So first layer is obviously underwear.
- Second layer is a thermal vest, a long sleeve thermal and long johns.
- Third layer is a skivvy or jumper, and long pants or skirt that fit over the long johns.
- Fourth layer is a thigh-length top, either sleeveless or long-sleeved.
- Fifth layer is a thigh- or full-length jacket or coat. It’s advisable to wear this on the plane.
- Sixth layer is a waterproof jacket or raincoat if it’s raining or snowing.
Other essentials for winter Travel
- Lots of socks
- One dress (worn on the plane)
- One pair of lightweight swimming togs
- A hat or beanie
- Two pairs of gloves (including the beautiful black leather ones I bought in St Jean-de-Luz)
- Two scarves. I have to be ruthless here. I want to take 10!
- Compression pantyhose (worn on the plane!)
- A sarong (yes, I know it’s winter, but it has multiple uses)
- Ziera Boots (worn on the plane
- My old Jack Wolfskin Hiking Sandals
- Mizuno Joggers
- Ziera soft Mary Janes (which can be thrown into the washing machine when dirty)
- And my new Havaianas, for shower use. I doubt I’m going to be wearing them much out on the street!
As you can probably tell, I have problem feet and need a variety of footwear to alleviate possible pain.
- Other essentials I take are
- a hot water bottle,
- my Enjo toiletry bag filled with travel-size toiletries and skincare;
- a cosmetics bag for makeup, which doubles as an evening bag, and a small plastic bag with nail clippers, tweezers and nail file.
- Another plastic bag contains earbuds and cotton pads.
- I take travel-sized skincare products- must look after my skin in the wintry conditions- cleanser, toner, day and night moisturizer and eye cream, as well as lip balm and sunscreen. Instead of taking enough skincare to last me for the whole trip, which I usually do, I’m looking forward to buying something new.
- One other essential (and the one I usually forget even on a weekend away) is my shower cap. I know hotels usually supply one, but I can’t count on cheap hostels providing such luxuries. I have bought a brightly coloured floral one, mainly so I can’t accidentally leave it in a bathroom. Clear ones are so easy to lose.
Make a checklist of last-minute travel items.
- Luggage scales (for keeping my suitcase less than 20kg)
- Passport with necessary Visas
- International Drivers’ Licence
- Driving Licence (yes, it’s also necessary)
- Travel insurance document
- Credit cards (at least two) and photocopies of them (in case you lose them)
- Air, train, bus and ferry tickets. (not all companies accept the electronic version)
- Letter from your doctor listing medications
- Reading glasses
- Water bottle (I have one that claims to keep cold water cold for 24 hours and hot water hot for 12 hours.)
- Macbook air and charger (for writing blogs!)
- iPhone and charger
- Power converters for UK and Europe (hopefully Morocco uses one of them)
Have I forgotten anything?