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The Ultimate Winter Travel Checklist

Winter Travel Checklist

Winter is a stunning time to travel in India. From snow-capped peaks to fog-filled hilly destinations where you can experience the cold weather in peace and tranquillity. It is one of the most popular seasons to travel up North and to hilly areas to experience the slow and beautiful life in the hills and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the modern cities. Kids generally have winter vacations during this time and many offices too have holidays from Christmas to New year, making this season truly festive and joyous to travel.

But what makes winter vacations unique is that they require certain items to be packed that other seasons do not require. If you have booked your tickets to a stunning cold location this winter, and are ready to pack for your winter vacation, you must remember to gather some items for your winter travel checklist.

Here is a comprehensive travel checklist for winter with 11 essential things to pack for travelling in the cold season:

Warm clothes

One of the most important things to pack for your winter getaway is always going to be warm clothes. Sweaters, jackets and hoodies with thick linings, fur and more are perfect to protect yourself from the cold and keep you warm from the inside. Remember, enduring harsh cold weather without being amply covered can result in cold, fever and extremely dry skin too.

Important types of warm clothes to add to your packing checklist:

  • Sweaters, jackets and hoodies
  • Leggings and other thick full pants
  • Shirts and undershirts
  • Inner Thermals

Moisturiser/Cold cream

Have you ever noticed that your body’s natural moisture is not enough during winter? This is because our skin naturally loses moisture in the cold, sometimes leaving it dry, dull, and even inflamed. To avoid this on your face, make sure to pack a moisturising cold cream.

Cold creams are known to be a lifesaver during the winter season and can help retain your face’s moisture and bring back your skin’s glow. Charmis Deep Nourishing Cold Cream is great cold cream to carry during your travels as it contains the goodness of Vitamins A, E and C, which will nourish you and give you plump and youthful-looking skin too!

Normal to oily skin types who prefer lighter, yet hydrating formulations can choose a daily wear moisturiser with ultra-hydrating benefits to packing for their trip. Charmis Daily Nourishing Soft Cream and Dermafique Advanced Hydration Day Cream are two of the best daily wear winter moisturisers to pack too.

Body Lotion

Body care is of utmost importance during winter if you want to avoid white and flaky skin that looks evidently dull and dry. Winters especially tend to dry out areas such as elbows, knees, arms and more. To combat this, you must pack a hydrating body lotion that restores the skin’s moisture and keeps it looking healthy and glowing all day. Dermafique produces an effective range of hydrating body serums for you to choose from on your travels.

Lip Balm and Hand Cream

Once you have packed items for your face and your body, you might forget to add something moisturising for your lips and your hands. While these are forgettable products, a lip balm and a hand cream can be very effective in keeping you comfortable and moisturised overall. Chapped lips are hardly liked by anyone, and who doesn’t love soft, well-nourished hands in the winter? Hence make sure to add a long-lasting and ultra-hydrating lip balm or lip oil along with hand cream to your packing list.


Hours of travel and sightseeing can leave you feeling unpleasant and smelling not-so-fresh. Carrying your favourite perfume can easily spruce up your outfit and make your outfit look more presentable too. Engage Pocket Perfumes are pocket-sized perfumes that are well-suited for a traveller. Choose from a variety of Engage pocket perfumes for men and women on ITC Store.


To stay connected with loved ones and work during your winter vacation don’t forget to add all your important chargers and power banks to your travel packing list. Having a separate pouch for all your chargers is a great way to store them in an organised manner!

Scarves and Hats

Winter travel can greatly affect your hair: dryness, dullness and split ends are all common hair problems people face during this season. Covering your head with a scarf, hat or beanie is a great way to fight hair damage, keep yourself warm and add a sweet touch to your winter outfit too.

Extra pair of shoes

Cold areas often have unpredictable weather like snowstorms, scattered showers, fog and more. Your footwear could get damaged or dirty in such places, hence make sure to pack an extra pair of comfortable hiking shoes to your travel packing checklist.

Small Bags for Day Travel

It’s impossible to go sightseeing with your suitcases and trolleys on your winter vacation. Hence make sure to carry tote bags, or other small bags for day travel with your essential skincare, chargers, and electronic devices. You can also add these important items

  • Sanitiser
  • Mouth Freshener
  • Masks
  • Sunglasses
  • Glasses case
  • Wallet
  • Itinerary and maps
  • A Notepad with important numbers

Face masks

Travel can mean your skin meets pollution, sun and more which directly makes our skin dull, dry and rough. To hydrate your skin and revive your beauty during your travels, carrying a couple of face masks is always a good idea. Face masks by Dermafique are enriched with natural extracts of Aloe Vera, Chamomile, and more to nourish your skin and bring back your inner glow.

Snacks and Ready-to-Eat Food

Some snacks of instant foods are an easy way to appease hunger during emergencies and in transit. Ready-to-eat foods are simple to make and only take a few minutes to prepare. Generally, they only require heating or hot water, making them perfect for winter travel. Choose from a range of ready-to-eat foods by Kitchens of India and Aashirvaad Instant Meals on ITC Store.You might also want to add instant noodles like Sunfeast YiPPee! Noodles In your travel packing list as they might be just what you crave in the cold weather!


Finally, add a camera to your travel packing checklist to record every moment of your winter travel. This way, you will always retain the new memories and experiences you make on your winter vacation holiday.

We hope this list of essential things to pack for travelling helps you with your December trips so that you have an unforgettable time!

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