How To Pack For A Winter Getaway: A Man’s Suitcase Essentials

Packing for a winter getaway can be difficult, especially if you spend most of your year in the sunshine and mild temperatures as your day-to-day wardrobe will reflect that of a beach holiday and will not be equipped for colder temperatures.

Whether you’re jetting off to Europe for a winter city break or ski holiday, or whether you’re going to New York for Christmas time, you need to ensure you pack the right winter essentials for subzero temperatures. Packing the wrong clothing and your trip may be ruined.

However, keeping warm in cold temperatures doesn’t mean you must compromise your style. Pack the below suitcase essentials for your winter getaway and you will strike sartorial gold.

A weather-proof coat

If you’re heading off somewhere cold and wet, such as a snowy destination or a winter sports resort, the first item in your suitcase should be a warm rainproof coat. Good casual and stylish options are down-filled parka jackets, thick puffer jackets and lined bomber jackets, which look best in dark and neutral colours like khaki, black and navy. Team these with denim jeans and leather boots and you’ll be ready for the snow.

A wool overcoat

A wool overcoat is the perfect outwear choice for a wintry city break in Europe. Tailored topcoats are smart and sharp and are perfect for formal celebrations like dinners and galas. They are not as warm as weather-proof coats like parka jackets, but they are great for layering on top of knitwear and can be easily accessorised with scarves, gloves, hats and umbrellas.

Opt for a neutral single-tone wool overcoat in either black, grey or navy as they are most versatile. Layer your coat over bright-coloured knits for a refined but modern look.

A selection of knit jumpers

Another essential in your winter holiday suitcase is a selection of knit jumpers, whether that be roll necks, fisherman’s knits or chunky cable knits. 

Knit jumpers are cosy and flattering and are teamed best with slim-fit jeans and smart shoes. Knit jumpers can look good in any shade, but a knit in a rich-hue (e.g. orange or burgundy) will elevate your winter look and add a pop of colour to cloudy day.

Leather boots

Leather boots are an essential in cold and wet climates. They keep your feet warm and dry and the rubber soles ensure for a good grip on all surfaces, which makes them the perfect footwear to wear in ice and snow.

What’s more, men’s casual shoes like leather boots are very versatile and can be worn with all sorts of clothing. Team brown leather lace-up boots with blue jeans for a casual look, or wear classic Chelsea boots with dark chinos for a refined finish, perfect for a formal occasion.

Denim jeans

Denim jeans are an essential clothing item in all suitcases and in all times of the year, but especially during wintertime. They are effortlessly stylish, easy to wear and very practical in colder weathers, due to the thickness of the denim material.

Pack denim jeans in your suitcase and wear them with either a knit jumper, a jersey sweater, a shirt or t-shirt for ultimate timeless stylish and unbeatable practicality. Dress them up or down to suit the occasion at hand.

Winter accessories

It wouldn’t be a winter getaway without packing the essential accessories: a beanie hat, a woolly scarf and leather gloves. Colourful woolly scarfs can brighten up a dark-coloured ensemble, leather gloves are smart and practical, and a beanie hat can keep you snug in icy temperatures.

You should also be sure to pack an umbrella if you’re heading to a wet and rainy climate.


Winter getaways are the perfect opportunity to wrap up warm, stay cosy and take advantage of stylish winter clothes. Pack the above clothing pieces in your suitcase and you will stay warm and dry but, importantly, on-trend.

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