Romania has a temperate weather. Yet, over the years, it has had its fair share of chilly winters. Quite thankfully, some of the country’s most attractive destinations are made to be visited during the cold season.
If you’re bent on making a cold weather trip, then you won’t regret it. We can vouch that many parts of the country look amazing once cold season settles in – you won’t want to miss seeing Transylvania under a layer of snow, that’s for sure.
This only begs the question: how do you pack for cold weather traveling?
Let’s find out!
Keep in Mind Before You Go
It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but clothes made for the cold weather are thicker, heavier and larger than regular clothing. This means that, on average, winter clothes will take up more packing space.
Furthermore, if you are traveling by plane, then you should keep in mind that the regular luggage size is 27″ x 21″ x 14″. If you want to have a bigger luggage, you will have to pay extra. Depending on the airline, this can become quite costly.
With these factors in mind, packing for a cold weather trip becomes quite a challenge.
Thankfully, there are a few principles which can help you stay warm and can also save up some bag space. Keep these in mind:
- Wear wool. The ideal fabric for cold weather conditions, it is natural and light-weight.
- Pack in layers. Carefully arrange your clothes so that the thicker ones go at the bottom.
- Wear what you don’t pack. This applies to jackets, accessories and undergarments.
Ideally, you would want to get a parka. It can provide you with the most warmth during a cold weather trip. If you plan to visit the mountainous areas, it also provides the highest wind resistance out of any clothing article.
During inclement weather, you have to consider the possibility of heavy snow. Furthermore, ice will slowly start to build up and the pavement will become slippery.
As a result, you will want your boots to be insulated or to have at least some heat retaining properties. As for the ice, make sure your boots’ soles are made from a hard material that has high friction.
For casual occasions, you can pack a pair of lighter-shoes. However, be conservative about what shoes you are going to pick since any other extra pairs are going to weigh heavily on your bag.
For cold weather, you want to pack thick socks to keep your toes warm. They will be slightly bulkier than your average cotton socks.
If you are low on space, then the best compromise you can make is to get lighter hiking socks. They are made of wool, and they are slightly thinner than the average winter socks.
Depending on what places you decide to visit, accessories may vary. Gloves, a scarf and a hat are nice to have at all times, but you may need to get something extra.
For example, if you intend on going at higher altitudes, the temperatures will be lower and there’s the chance of heavy fog. In this case, in order to protect your eyes, you may want to get a pair of winter goggles.
Ready for a Cold Weather Trip?
Once you snooped around your wardrobe and checked the aforementioned equipment off your list, you’re good to go.
Undecided on what destinations to visit? Then you can browse our catalogue to see the tour offers we have available.
If you require assistance, you can call us at +40 735 525 710 and we will be glad to assist you!