How to travel freshly during winter

What is your worst peeve about traveling during winter aside from the horrid cold weather and the disruptions it causes?

how to travel freshly during winter

One thing I hate about traveling during winter is not entirely the weather but in fact is it the smell of people who either (a) have not bathed because it’s too cold or (b) people who over dress and smell of sweat. It’s bad enough smelling when it’s hot but at least you can have the air con on, but during winter we are all trying to preserve the heat inside so sweat smell lingers longer. How can you avoid being that person who smells due to over dressing?

how to travel freshly during winter

Good deodorant – I am the first person to complain about really powerful (strong) deodorant smell but in winter I certainly welcome these. As a woman I am very conscious about smelling both at home but more so in public so I ensure I am always walking with 24 or 48 hour deodorants protection spray.

Dress warm not Eskimo – anyone who knows me knows I dress like an Eskimo at the best of times but lately have been learning to dress warm and not sweat too much. I do dress snuggly warm but when I enter warmer environments (e.g. from walking to boarding a bus etc) I remove a piece of clothing e.g scarf or if I can’t I just open my jacket up so ventilation can occur and not keep all that heat to myself thereby stopping me from smelling (too much 😁)

Bathe daily – I think this is no brainer but I also know some people this can be a task so I refer you to point #1.

Clean clothes – again another no brainer, avoid clothes that have been in a laundry pile for a while, either spray some deodorant on them or re-wash.

Use scented fabric softener – I got this one from my mum, especially for those of us who sweat lots and give off a smelly scent this would cover your tracks. All my fabric softener and conditioners are scented so if I forget to wear deodorant or perfume at least when I pass you I leave a whiff of the scented fabric softener and not a fishy smell.

These are some of my tips for traveling freshly during winter. As I mentioned above its hard enough to travel in horrid weather, do let smelling be an addition to winter travel peeve.

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  • I think there was nothing worse than getting on the tube in winter because it was just so hot. I remember running down escalators peeling off coats and jackets before getting on the train!

    • Oh yes, our precious London tubes omg they can get pretty hot and crowded and then because almost all the time I get on in rush hour the dude(s) in front is always tall than me and I stand in his armpits not good.

  • I agree the key to layering is to keep them warm because overheating is just as bad as getting too cold. I always carry spray with me too as the trains get stuffy in the winter and ultimately you sweat more.

    • I too carry a spay just in case.

  • Some good tips, I find the worst thing about Winter is the extremes of temperature. You can go from freezing outside to a really hot office. I’ve learnt to layer, that’s what works best for me and I usually take off two layers indoors and then wrap up for the journey home.

    • I couldn’t agree more, I experience that daily when I leave my home I am super wam then outside super cold get into the office I am super warm again.

  • Thanks for the tips! These are really helpful…I must try these the next time I travel.

  • I’ve stopped dressing like an eskimo too! The kids say my coat has a hood like an eskimo, haha. I so a lot of walking and have learned not to wear too many layers.
    Also love scented fabric softner, I can not wear clothes without it.

    • I too have a coat with ‘eskimo hoodie’ though I love how warm it is have also learnt not to wear anything more than just a t-shirt when wearing it so I do not sweat excessively. Scented fabric softener is the best

  • I love smelly fabric softener it’s not something we get to use much as Monkey has bad skin. I have recently been unpacking and repacking all his old clothes and his newborn clothes smell of the conditioner we use to use before he developed ecezma. It transported me right back xx

    • Awww bless, sorry about monkey’s eczema it can be hard on kids and parents alike. I too love ‘smelly’ scented fabric softener.

  • Luckily I do these tips to keep clean nothing worse than being a sweaty mess especially as I walk everywhere

    • I too walk everywhere hence why I wanted to share my tips.