Packing for a winter trip can be a real challenge, especially with all the necessary winter gear, personal items, and camera equipment. I’ve crafted a packing strategy that proved effective during my winter trips to Mongolia and Canada, where harsh conditions plummeted to -30 degrees Celsius.

To start, I rely on the Delsey Paris – Large Checked Luggage (, offering a spacious 110L capacity with interior dimensions of 27.5″ x 18.5″ x 12″, which can be expanded as needed.

Here’s how I manage to fit everything:

1) Feathered Friends – Rock & Ice Down Parka (
2) Feathered Friends – Frontpoint Down Pants (
These 900+ down jacket and pants are ideal for extreme conditions. I’ve tested them in -30°C in Northern Mongolia, finding them both comfortable and waterproof. Their compressibility and the provided small bag help save space.

3) Baffin Impact Boots (
These bulky boots are essential for extreme conditions. Sizing up accommodates thick socks (I bought a 10 US size for my 8.5 foot). I utilize the space inside for items like ice crampons.

4) Compression bags from REI are perfect for organizing and compressing clothing. I placed a separate laundry bag beneath for dirty clothes.

5) Fotopro GEP TL-64C tripod (

6. Transparent makeup bags (
These versatile bags help organize smaller items like camera chargers, tools, adapters, and cables, offering great compartmentalization within the luggage.

7. Sea to Summit – Hanging Toiletry Bag (
This holds essential toiletries like toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, shaver, nail cutter, earplugs, and more.

8) Other items like camera filters, a woolly hat, gloves, and scarf.

Additional advice: I consistently tuck an Apple AirTag and a luggage scale within my luggage.

In total, the packed weight comes to 21 kg (46 lbs).

Moreover, I carry a Summit Creative Large Rolltop Camera Backpack Tenzing 50L and a Timbuk2 Commute Messenger Bag as hand luggage. They comfortably accommodate two camera bodies, three lenses, spare batteries, various filters, a laptop, a hard drive, and an array of other essential accessories.