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How to Pack Light for Winter

How to pack light for a winter climate

You’ve just booked a winter getaway. Your main piece of luggage? Your trusty backpack. Product Expert Daan Dijkstra shares his top tips for packing warm and light.

It doesn't matter if you're a backpacker, travelling for work, or even packing for two different seasons; packing warm and light can be a challenge.

But when it comes to packing a bag, Daan knows. His 25 years in the outdoor industry means he’s been asked how to pack countless times for every weather condition and activity.

So how do you pack a bag that won’t break the zips, backs and the spirits of even the most well-intentioned travellers? Daan shares his must-do’s:

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Lache wears the waterproof Bealey GORE-TEX® jacket

Daan’s gear recommendations:

Merino Layers

Merino wool is the perfect, breathable, all season fabric. You won't sweat in the heat, but you do retain warmth when the temperature drops.

Merino long-sleeved shirts and t-shirts are a long favourite in our travel bag because they've got great warmth for weight — and because it’s odour-resistant, it doesn’t need much washing.

I’d even go as far to say less washing; more use. You can bring fewer of these and wear them longer.

The Down Jacket

Like merino, down offers fantastic warmth to weight. You need to be aware of how fill power can affect weight, so learn how to choose the right down jacket for your travels.

Down is great if you need your jacket in your bag, because it has excellent compressibility. In short, you can squish them good and they’ll take up less room in your luggage.

The Benmore 5-in-1 Jacket is an awesome travel buddy as it’s adaptable, includes down, and works as a multi-layer item. Skin it down to just the down vest or go full winter warmth with a waterproof outer and a long-sleeve down bomber jacket zipped in.

Remember that you don't always have to pack a jacket. You can bring them in the cabin with you and save on precious pack space.

Packing Cells

If you’re aiming to pack small for winter, I reckon packing cells are a given. They help you to stay organised, and secondly they can help compress bulky items and allow you to maximise available space.

They’re also helpful for separating smelly or wet stuff when you’re in the thick of your adventures. My pick is our new ultra lightweight CORDURA packing cells — the lightest ones we have.

Start packing light

If adventure starts when you pack your bag, well … you better get packing. Discover down jackets, merino clothing, and adaptable travel essentials for your next trip.