Planning a trip to Greater Palm Springs this winter? You're not alone! The oasis has long been a haven for those escaping below freezing temperatures, snow, rain and gray skies. Whether you are visiting for the very first time or make Greater Palm Springs an annual trip, you’ll want to be sure to pack like a pro!
As you start to pack, remember that the oasis is generally a very casual, resort destination. Jackets and ties are rarely required for men and a block heel or wedge is more common than stiletto heels for women. Depending on the length of your stay and what plans you may have, just one or two dressier options is plenty! Save the room in your luggage for items you’ll wear from daytime to nighttime like lightweight dresses, a polo shirt for men and a denim jacket for cooler evenings. Ladies, a neutral crossbody bag that can go from brunch to cocktails will be your best friend!
Daytime highs are perfect for rooftop pool sessions at the newly opened Kimpton Rowan in Palm Springs or lounging at any of the 40 plus pools at La Quinta Resort and Spa. A bright, colorful swimsuit and chic caftan are a must for the ladies while guys will want to include a fun pair of board shorts and a casual cotton shirt. Not loving your current selection? Once you arrive head to either of Trina Turk’s desert locations (Uptown Palm Springs or El Paseo Drive in Palm Desert) for the perfect selection of swimsuits and caftans for her plus swim shorts for him. Don’t forget some cool sunnies, a straw hat to protect from the strong desert sun, a colorful pool bag and plenty of SPF!
Winter is the best time to get out and explore the dozens of hiking trails around Greater Palm Springs! A pair of yoga pants or hiking shorts and light layers will go a long way for a hike lasting 45 minutes or all day if you choose! Don’t forget to pack comfortable hiking shoes, a water bottle or Camelback and of course, more SPF to keep the sunburn away!
If your plans include a trip up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, don’t forget to pack a jacket, gloves, and scarf. While the temperatures on the valley floor may top 75 degrees during the day, you can expect a 20 to 30 degree drop once you reach Mountain Station.
Heading to El Paseo for an afternoon of shopping at The Gardens on El Paseo and lunch at Il Corso or Hotel Paseo? A lightweight sundress, denim jacket or sweater and sandals the perfect choice.
Did you know that Greater Palm Springs boasts over 100 golf courses and country clubs? The oasis is certainly a golfer’s paradise and scheduling some time on the links is often at the top of most visitors' lists. While some courses have more relaxed dress codes, most will require a collared shirt plus chino style shorts or pants for men and a golf skirt or skort for women.
If your plans include an afternoon of Sunday Polo at Empire Polo Club or club don't forget to include a light color slack or chino short (guys) or a floral frock (ladies). A colorful straw hat or fascinator is also a must for the ladies, while the gentlemen will want to opt for a straw fedora or Panama style.
If you are coming to Greater Palm Springs for February’s annual Modernism Week, you’ll want to take a few cues from the 1950s and 1960s. Many of the attendees dress in vintage Hawaiian shirts, mod shifts and gorgeous cocktail dresses for events. If you don’t have something in your closet already, don’t fret! Make your way to local vintage shops like The Fine Art of Design or The Frippery to pick out your perfect look.
Once the sun goes down, the mild temperatures dip to the mid-50s. As you think about evenings dining at The Ritz Carlton, The JW Marriott or The Parker, you’ll want to remember a lightweight sweater, jacket or cashmere wrap to stay warm while wandering the unique hotel grounds. If you're heading to downtown Palm Springs on Thursday night for Villagefest, include a pair of jeans, sneakers and a sweater or jacket, you’ll be set!
Now that you are perfectly packed for your escape to the oasis, don’t forget to tag us in all your fashionable photos using #FindYourOasis!