How to Pack Light with Winter Clothes

How to Pack Light with Winter Clothes

Traveling during the holidays is already expensive. Adding on additional carry-ons is an expense you don’t want to add to your already tight travel window. But how do you pack for the holidays when you have to pack bulky clothes and jackets for the cold? ParkDIA has helped plenty of travelers save with affordable Denver airport parking at our offsite lots, and we’re here to help you pack for your trip.

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When you have to pack several bulky items, like gloves, scarves, and snow boots, you start to run out of space for your everyday clothes. However, inside of all of those bulky clothes is plenty of space for smaller items. If you’re not going to be wearing your ski boots on the plane, then pack your extra socks and underwear inside, as well as any small items that might fit.

Pack Enough, Not Over

It may be tempting to pack every long sleeve shirt you own, but we promise you’ll stay just as warm with the same few shirts. Sweaters are bulky, meaning you won’t have space for other things you do need, like toiletries and wallets. If you’re worried about having a unique outfit every day of your trip, don’t worry. You’ll likely never meet these people again, and it’s better to have the essentials you need than having something unique to wear every day you’re there.


If you’re worried about heavy coats not being enough, or if you don’t think your winter coat will hold up to the bitter north where you’re traveling, then pack layers. Layering clothes is a great way to avoid the bulk since most clothes you would layer aren’t particularly thick, giving you plenty of extra space for the rest of your belongings.

Wear Your Jacket On the Plane

If it’s feasible, wear your coat and bulkiest clothes on the plane. It may be a little warm sitting in a snow coat, but it will save you plenty of room in your suitcase for the rest of the things you’ll need for your trip. A little discomfort on a plane ride is worth having everything you’ll need while you’re traveling.

Vacuum Bags

Bag almost filled up and you still can’t fit your bulkier items in your bag? Pick up some vacuum bags to compress your belongings down to a more manageable size. If you know you won’t have access to a vacuum at your hotel, then look for vacuum bags that can be rolled instead to seal. This will make sure that on your way back you’ll still be able to reseal all of those bulky items on your way back.

Laundry Machines Are Everywhere

When push comes to shove, there are typically washing machines in whatever hotel or AirBnB you choose to stay at. Again, most of the people, if any of the people, you meet and see on your trip will never see you again. Pack heavy clothes that will work, but take advantage of the utilities are your hotel too to avoid having to bring a second or bigger suitcase.

Traveling is already expensive, don’t get caught up with expensive Denver airport parking rates at DIA. Instead, park offsite with ParkDIA. Our secure lots have 24-hour surveillance, and we provide additional services you’d normally only get in valet at the airport. Reserve a spot today with us and get back to enjoying your trip.

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