Heading out on a winter getaway can be super fun. Whether it’s a ski or snowboard trip to the mountains or one where you just relax and enjoy some snow from a cozy cabin. A winter vacation can be so magical with all the beautiful snow that blankets a cute little town. One of my favorite winter getaways was a trip to Stowe Vermont. I loved exploring the little town, getting in some winter sports and just hanging fireside with a cup of tea. If you’re headed out to a winter wonderland, you’ll want to make sure you have the following items in your bag to stay warm and dry. Here are some of my winter travel essentials from what to keep in your personal bag while exploring, to items you most definitely need to pack in your suitcase.
Winter Bag Essentials
Not only do waterproof boots keep your feet nice and dry, but they help to keep them warm too. Aim for ones that are not only waterproof but also have some warm lining to them as well. A taller boot will help keep your legs nice and warm as well.
I can’t be in cold weather without my beloved Ugg boots. They’re so cozy and warm and are great to throw on after skiing to keep your feet warm and then you don’t have to wear your ski boots around the resort. These are definitely an extra item to pack if you have the space, but I think they’re much more comfortable to travel and lounge in than just your snow boots.
Having your feet warm is key to happiness in the cold. A great pair of boots will be key, but wool socks help to really ensure your toes don’t freeze. I usually just wear my snowboarding socks whenever possible as they’re designed to keep you warm and dry.
The true essential base layer. When getting dressed for a winter outing, you want to layer. Thin layers are best so you can easily peel them off if you get too hot. But a pair of long underwear are essential for hitting the slopes.
Snow pants and jackets will keep you dry and warm when you’re getting in those snow activities. If you’re new to skiing or snowboarding, I also can’t recommend enough going for the overall style versus just pants. You’ll be spending a lot of time on your butt and the overalls will keep the snow out of your pants.
Thin Long Sleeves
Layers, layers, layers! Whether it’s just to head to dinner, or to snowshoe, putting a thin long sleeve under a sweater will help to combat the cold weather. Knit sweaters while they’re warm, they do have an open knit to them and wind can so easily chill your bones. A thin layer will help to keep that wind out.
Lots of sweaters for any winter getaway are essential. I pack all my favorites and make sure my thin long sleeves will work with them.
Keep your neck nice and warm with a good scarf. I always look for wool or cashmere for extra warmth.
Gloves are essential and I like to bring a few options depending on what your activities are. For just exploring around town, knit gloves are great. Plus, they can be a base layer for your more bulky snow gloves if it gets really bitter cold. Bring options though as these will get wet and you’ll be kicking yourself in the butt if you only have one pair to get through a winter vacation in.
For all those winter sports, you’ll want a good quality pair of snow gloves that keep the water out and the warmth in. I really like Burton or Dakine for winter sports gear, these are great.
I’m a firm believer that if your head, ears, hands and feet are covered, you’ll be warm all over. So don’t forget your head with a cozy beanie to keep that heat in. Plus, it can help to cover up your ears a bit too.
These are great for when you’re on the slopes to keep the wind off your ears. Plus, there are so many fun fuzzy ones that are cute for wearing out apres ski!
You can be bundled up in all the clothes but if there’s a ton of wind, you’re doomed. A windbreaker will truly keep that chill out.
Good quality winter coats are a must to include in your winter bag. I like to pack a good puffer as well as a wool coat to have some options. Wool coats are nicer to wear out on the town, whereas a puffer can be good for any activity. And if you’re hitting the slopes, a true snow jacket is essential.
Keep some hand warmers easily accessible for a quick warm-up. They help to keep your fingers nice and warm in cold temperatures. Put a set in your coat pocket, your bag, wherever!
The dry air will suck the moisture out of your skin so hand cream is key. I make sure I always have this in my personal bag so I can reapply often. Find a really rich cream moisturizer to bring your skin back to life.
The dry and windy winter weather can wreak havoc on your lips. Lips can quickly become chapped and peel which can also be painful. Keep lip balm on hand and bring it with you everywhere. This is something I always keep in my jacket pocket no matter what. Make sure to get a hydrating lip balm that doesn’t have alcohol in it.
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