Since I was a kid, I’ve spent the vast majority of my winters in a cold, snowy place. Aspen, Colorado is my happy place! After years of braving the elements, I have a lot of experience knowing how to pack the right things to have a comfortable, fun, winter vacation.
When packing for a winter vacation, the most important thing is to pack appropriately for the weather. That means packing plenty of warm clothing and accessories. However, if you’re not sure what to bring with you, don’t worry! Here is a list of the essentials you’ll need to stay comfortable and enjoy your winter vacation.
1) Bring Warm Clothing
The most important thing you’ll need when packing for a winter vacation is warm clothing. That includes items like big coats, heavy sweaters, and warm socks such as Heat Holders thermal socks. Layering your clothes is the most effective way to stay warm. Start with a thin base layer of synthetic material that will wick away moisture and keep you dry, then add a thicker mid-layer of wool or fleece for extra warmth. Finally, top it off with a waterproof outer layer such as a parka or coat. This particularly applies if you’re participating in any outdoor activities like downhill or cross country skiing, snowmobiling, etc. Make sure to pack at least one extra pair of pants and several pairs of socks so that you can change into clean, dry ones if necessary.
2) The Right Shoes
You’ll want to bring shoes suitable for the type of terrain you plan on exploring during your winter vacation. For example, if you are doing a lot of walking in the snow, pack waterproof boots with good insulation and grip on the soles.
If you intend to do any skiing or snowboarding, make sure you have proper footwear for those activities as well. Most of the time, you can just rent the right shoes at the mountain you’ll be shredding. In addition, it’s a good idea to bring an extra pair of shoes you can put on indoors if your boots get wet and muddy.
3) Cozy Accessories
Accessories are essential for staying warm in cold weather. Pack a hat, scarf, gloves, and earmuffs to keep your head, hands, and ears protected from the elements. If you plan on doing any outdoor activities, don’t forget to pack sunglasses or goggles as well; the sun reflects off snow much brighter than it does off grass or sand. (Don’t forget your sunscreen too!)
Also, if you’re traveling in a cold climate, consider bringing an electric heating pad or blanket to keep you warm at night. Lastly, don’t forget your phone charger and any other electronic devices you may need for the duration of your vacation.
4) Health & Safety Items
In case of an emergency, it’s important to be prepared with some basic health and safety items. For example, bring along any medication you may need during your trip. It’s also wise to pack a first-aid kit that includes bandages, antibacterial cream, painkillers, and anything else you may need.
If there is foul weather in the forecast for your vacation spot, bring flashlights and extra batteries just in case the power goes out as well. Also, make sure you have all the necessary safety gear for any activities you plan on doing, such as helmets for skiing or snowboarding.
By following this guide and planning ahead, you’ll no doubt have an enjoyable winter vacation. With the right gear and preparation, you’ll be able to make the most of your time in the great outdoors. Enjoy the snow!