If you know me, you will know that one of the things I love most is being cosy! To me there is nothing more exciting than sitting on the sofa under a soft blanket and with a warm mug of tea in my hand. I am obsessed with the autumn season and everything that comes with it. Cold weather, big jumpers and spending time with family – I love it!
But when you are travelling it can be difficult to keep this cosiness. Limited space in your luggage, moving around a lot and staying in minimalist designed hotel rooms don’t really help! There are a few things I like to bring with me when I travel to make sure I keep comfortable, cosy and happy.
If you’re worried about space in your luggage, also read my blogpost on how to pack light in the autumn/winter months!
You are very likely to take socks on any trip you are taking anyway! Why not add a pair of extra warm socks? Whether these are thermal socks you just wear in your shoes, or super soft socks like the ones in my picture above – warm feet will keep you feeling cosy!
I believe you are more likely to feel cold all over when your feet are cold/wet. So I tend to pack an extra pair of socks in my day bag when I’m out and about on a city trip. You can double up socks if you feel cold, or change them if you’ve accidentally stepped in a puddle! For when I’m back in the hotel room I always have a pair of fluffy socks ready to chill out in!
Tip: after a long day of walking, have a shower, put lots of lotion/cream on your feet and put your fluffy socks on. Keep them on for as long as you can, overnight ideally, and you will wake up in the morning with the softest feet!
Where to buy: H&M always have some nice (seasonal) fluffy socks. For a more sustainable option shop at We Are Thought.
Hot water bottle
What is better than snuggling up on the sofa or in bed with a hot water bottle? It’s handy to keep one in your luggage when you are travelling as you don’t know how warm your accommodation will be! Your hostel or hotel room might be a bit colder than expected, especially in the winter months. A hot water bottle doesn’t take up much space in your case and most places are guaranteed to have water and a kettle!
You can use your hot water bottle to cosy up after a long day exploring the city, or put one in your bed before you tuck in – your bed will be nice and warm!
Where to buy: my water bottle in the photo was gifted to me by my boyriend, from Oliver Bonas. For a more budget-friendly option you can also buy one from good old Amazon. Choose one that closes safely and has a good cover so you don’t burn yourself.
Big scarf that doubles up as a blanket
I wrote earlier about how nice it is to have a big scarf with you on your travels. Wherever you are going, a scarf will come in handy for sure. Even when I went to Dubai (where it was 40 degrees Celsius at the time) I used it for multiple things: to cover up my shoulders, as a blanket before sitting down in a place that didn’t look very clean etc.
Of course the most common way to use your scarf is… as a scarf! If you are travelling to a cold destination this will keep you cosy on your day out, and you can cover up your head/hair if it starts to rain. Sometimes the weather is chilly, but I still like to sit outside! In this case I will use my scarf as a blanket over my legs to keep warm. A big scarf always comes in handy! And if you’re worried about fitting this in your case, I usually just keep it with me on the plane. Tie it around your hand luggage case when you don’t need it, and use it as a cosy blanket on the plane – perfect for a quick nap!
Where to buy: the scarf in the picture above is from Asos, if you are looking for something a bit more unique I’d highly recommend Etsy.
To many of you this might seem a bit random! But I love taking a little candle with me when I travel! As nice as hotel rooms are, they are often a bit impersonal. So when I bring a candle this makes me feel more at home. I usually bring a candle of which I ‘know’ the scent, because this really helps me feel comfortable and cosy. Bringing a familiar scented candle with you might help ease anxiety too!
Most homeware shops have small candles that you can squeeze into your case. You can even squeeze one into a shoe that you are packing! Just light it when you’re pottering about in your accommodation getting ready for the day or unwinding after your day out.
Where to buy: of course the candles from The White Company are insanely good. They last long and smell amazing! Get a cheaper travel candle from Primark, their small candles (red tin in the picture) are usually only a pound or two. They smell really nice and fragrant, but don’t last as long. I don’t find this a problem as it means I can take it with me and it’ll be finished before I leave! More space for souvenirs 🙂
Thermal long sleeve shirt
I love wearing thermal shirts to stay cosy! Of course you only really need these in a destination where it gets quite cold. We went to Amsterdam last year at Christmas and although it wasn’t even that cold, I loved wearing a long sleeve thermal shirt to ensure I kept warm. You can wear it as underwear and layer it with a jumper. But you can also just pop your coat over your shirt! Most thermal shirts are quite ‘fashionable’ nowadays, they just look like a basic top! Combine with a patterned scarf or big necklace and you will look very stylish (as well as being warm and cosy).
Where to buy: I love the tops from Marks & Spencer. They are super warm but also look fashionable! Sports Direct do some nice basic ones that work well as a layered item.
I hope these tips help you to stay cosy when you travel! Do you have any more tips? Let me know in the comments below!