What to pack to stay warm on your winter holiday in SA

Your essential layers and the one must-have accessory for your outdoor adventures.


If you are planning your local winter getaway, make sure you pack the following can’t-go-without items to keep you warm and dry during your outdoor holiday adventure. Cape Union Mart have shared some winter packing hacks to start your holiday off right:

Layer up: No need to feel like the Oros man, barely able to move your body due to all the chunky layers and heavy jackets. By choosing the right layers, you can trap your body heat effectively with lightweight clothes that will keep you nice and cozy. This is how you do it:

  1. Start with a snug fitting base layer that helps keep your body dry and warm. Try the K-Way Women’s Beechwood Modal Spencer, which is specially designed to be hydrophobic and move water away from your skin, thus keeping you toasty.
  2. Next put on a mid-layer made with some lightweight fleece. This works in tandem with the base layer to keep you feeling like you’ve just had a warm glass of gluhwein.
  3. Choose an outer-layer that is completely windproof and water repellent to keep you dry in light drizzle – even snow, should it happen!
  4. Don’t forget your feet. Proper socks and water-repellent shoes with a sturdy, non-slip sole is a must for winter walks.

Stay hydrated: Whether you enjoy long walks, hikes or even trail runs, you need to make sure that you are not only warm enough but also stay hydrated in the dry, winter air. Hydration packs are a major trend and a great option to quench your thirst while on the move. Consider these two tips when choosing which one is best for you:

  1. How much size and space do you need for other things you want to carry with you?
  2. For an ultra-small water resource, choose a hydration waist pack, which is perfect for quick adventures that will not require more than one bottle full of water.