Back to Summer: What To Pack For Your Winter Sun Getaway

Back to Summer: What To Pack For Your Winter Sun Getaway

Let’s be honest: while it can be enjoyable to sink into all the seasonal delights of winter, we know in our heart of hearts that we’re all craving a little bit of sun. That’s why it’s also a good idea to zip away from the chill and go for a winter break to a hot destination. Whether it’s Australia, South Africa, Dubai or Florida, no one ever regrets topping up their tan when the January blues are setting in back home. But what do you pack for this time of year? Below, we take a look at everything you should have in your luggage when you’re jetting off to sunny climes.

Swimming Costumes

You’re going somewhere hot; you better believe that you’re going to bare some skin and get those sun rays, you’ll also probably take a dip in the pool or sea. If it’s been awhile since you’ve had a beach holiday, then make sure to treat yourself to a new swimming costume. If you’re going for a week or more, you might want to consider buying two or three, so you have a choice depending on how you’re feeling that  particular day.  
Drink on the Beach

Beach Vibes

It might feel like it has been a long time since those chilled out summer months have been with us, but prepare yourself: you’re about to be transported right back to the heights of summer. The easiest way to help get into the seasonal groove is to have those light and chilled beach clothing items. We’re talking sarongs, beach bags, hats, and the rest of the warm weather items that will ensure you’re able to look the part and keep cool at the same time. If you’re having trouble deciding which items to bring, go for the bright colours. There’s no reason to bring some darkness when everything’s outside is so light and happy.

Light and Stylish

Of course, it’s not all about being at the beach. You’re going to be doing some exploring as well, even if it is just from one bar to the next. Therefore, you’ll want to pack some clothes that are light and stylish, items that can be worn both on the beach promenade and as you’re sitting outside your new favourite bar in the city. Keep the style, keep cool; that should be your motto for this section of your luggage.

Sydney, Australia

Dressing Local

Of course, while it’s important to bring your own style, don’t forget that you are going somewhere new, so why incorporate a bit of style from your chosen destination at the same time? If you’re planning on spending some time in Sydney on your winter getaway, then buy one or two Australian cocktail dresses. You’ll look fantastic, and will also find that fit right in with the stylish locals. If you intend to visit religious sites at your chosen destination ensure to pack a few items to cover up with – scarves, tops that cover your shoulders, long skirts etc.

Chilly Evenings

The weather is certainly going to be better than it’s going to be back home, but that doesn’t guarantee that it’s to be perfect for the entirety of your trip. It can get chilly anywhere, and at any time, and if you’re underprepared then you’re going to regret your packing choices. Throw in a few extra layers which will help you to beat the chill once the sun sets. Even a jumper will do. With that by your side, you won’t have to walk away from those magnificent sunsets just because you’re beginning to feel the chill.

Flip Flops on The Beach


Ah, footwear, always the most difficult part of packing. You never quite know what you’re going to need. If you have space, stick to four staples: flip-flops, light canvas shoes, high heels, and those shoes that’ll be perfect for exploring the city for hours on end – ideally not brand new ones that are bound to give you blisters and spoil your sight-seeing fun. With those four pairs of shoes in the bag, you’ll be ready for anything that happens on your trip.

Bringing the Bling

It’s all about light clothing options when you’re going somewhere with baking temperatures. So how do you showcase your personality? With accessories, of course! You’ll want to ensure you’re packing those bracelets, hats, sunglasses, and other stylish summer accessories. With them, you’ll be able to bring all your outfits to life, just remember to leave the expensive stuff at home.

Sun protection

Skin Protection

Finally, it’s vital to think about your skin. It won’t have seen much sunshine over the past few months, and if you don’t take precautions, then you might find that you’re doing it more harm than good. Take plenty of sun lotion and moisturiser, and you’ll be ready to combat the sunshine’s negative effects. Oh, and one more thing to pack: a vow to be sensible in the sun!
And there you have it. Now’s the time to get excited and ENJOY!

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  1. Always a Foreigner
    January 2, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    Great suggestions! I always forget about the chilly nights. Scarves and light pullovers though are some of my favorite beach items.

    • January 5, 2018 / 12:39 pm

      Thank you and thank you for commenting! I have learnt my lesson the hard way. We headed to Abu Dhabi at the end of November and even though the weather was glorious during the day, I’d forgotten a cardigan/scarf/shawl for the evening. Even though it wasn’t ‘cold’ I could only handle it for so long meaning we had to head indoors! Never again – it has now been firmly added to my packing list 🙂

  2. January 3, 2018 / 6:34 am

    Skin protection is very important! It is the largest organ we have but yet so few appreciate taking good care of it! Happy 2018! Long may the list of countries you visit grow!

    • January 5, 2018 / 12:36 pm

      It really is. Having had problems/scares in my teens because of lack of sun protection it is something that is paramount to me now. It shocks me to hear people don’t actually use sun protection or if they do a very low factor!