The Ultimate Packing Guide For Every Type Of Winter Break

When winter comes around, a lot of us find ourselves itching to either escape the freezing snowfall or to enjoy it on an adventure elsewhere. There are so many options for winter escapes: You can spend your time in a warm and sunny destination, take to the slopes for a sporty ski trip, get a dose of the downtown lifestyle in a bustling city, or head to the great outdoors for an adventurous escapade. No matter your taste for a winter escape this year, there is one thing that all of these trips have in common: packing.

Many people who travel have the same laments about packing: they don’t know what to bring! Thus, over-packing is a crime often committed but seldom remedied. For fear of not bringing enough, we bring way too much, which is sometimes more frustrating than the former. But not to fear, because I have some tried-and-true tips for you to use when packing for each of these winter escape scenarios, so that you can worry about much more important details of your trip, such as the itinerary. Happy packing!

Somewhere Sunny 

Less chill equals smaller clothes, which equals more packing space. Take advantage of this luxury and be sure to pack your favourite tanks, maxi dresses and swimsuits. Perhaps more important than the clothing, though, is beauty products. When it comes to hot destinations in the wintertime, chances are your skin will experience a sort of shock. Make sure to pack sunscreen and lotion. I love these ideas, one of which suggests a 2-in-1 dry oil to multitask against your dry skin and hair dilemmas.

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Central Florida Shopping Guide: Hidden Gems You Might Not Know About

When people think of Central Florida, Disney World and other major theme parks immediately come to mind. Little do most realize that the area has a lot of amazing shopping. Check out some local hotspots below.

Trendy & Unique: Shop, Sip and See


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Park Avenue – This brick paved, oak lined avenue in Winter Park is a hidden gem except to those in-the-know. Besides the old Florida look and feel of this beautiful stretch of road, the multitude of boutiques, galleries and cafés is amazing.

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Adelaide Shopping Guide

antique market adelaide

Believe it or not, Australia is a gold mine, no, let’s make that an opal mine, for shopping. Known for delicious food, fashion, vintage or antique boutiques, the land down under won’t disappoint. More specifically, South Australia’s Adelaide won’t disappoint any shopaholic on the search for treasures, bargains and make-overs. Find out why Adelaide is a shopper’s dream-come-true by reading on.

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Surfers Paradise Shopping Guide

Surfers Paradise

The name might throw you off if you’re not a big surfer but don’t let that hold you back. Catch the shopping wave in one of the Gold Coast’s best districts, about 40 km north of Brisbane City. Open 7 days a week, including late nights, Surfers Paradise combines long stretches of beautiful beaches with some of the best shopping in Australia. What can you expect to find? Just about everything and more is available to fill your shopping bags.

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Sydney Shopping Guide

Sydney skyline

When exploring Australia, people tend to think of outdoorsy nature related activities such as snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef or camping by Ayers Rock. You may not believe Australia has much to offer the shopaholic. Oh how wrong you are! Australian cities, Sydney in particular, has some of the best shopping on planet earth. Begin your Sydney shopping odyssey by checking out our favourite locations.

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On The Market: Suitcase Rummage Brisbane

Suitcase Rummage Brisbane

I love nothing more than when an abandoned but beautiful industrial building is transformed into a retail and arts precinct. Brisbane’s Powerhouse was once the source of electricity for the city’s tram network, but is now a cultural hotspot, where you’ll find free live music, comedy concerts, an atmospheric bar and (on the Sunday of my visit) the Suitcase Rummage street market.

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Travel Smart With The Stylish BagPod by RedDog

Travelling Shopaholic BagPod

You know it’s in there somewhere. You’re trying hard not to panic as the other passengers waiting at the gate sigh impatiently at you, the lady rummaging frantically through her oversized tote in a bid to locate her boarding pass. You saw it just a second ago as you handed it to the sales clerk when you bought your usual swag at duty free. But now the troublesome little slip of paper has disappeared somewhere between your flight socks, toothbrush, duty free shopping and the crumpled pages of your latest book.

The BagPod is the answer to this typical travel dilemma (it’s not just me is it?) and more. Created by Swedish-born Marianne Sparrenius-Waters (who clearly understands the needs of stylish women when they travel) the BagPod is a sleek leather pouch containing practical pockets and zipped compartments for all your important items. Passport, boarding pass, keys, credit cards and more, all have a safe place in the BagPod and can be easily found when slipped inside your gorgeous (but often impractical) oversized tote.

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