What to Pack For Your Winter Trip

What to Pack For Your Winter Trip

Whether you’re taking the family skiing or heading out for a backcountry trek in a national park, packing for winter travel can seem overwhelming what with all the layers, jackets and general gear. To not overpack, think in outfits, and make sure to pack some essentials that can do double duty — like a jacket that can go from the mountain to fancy dining. This will also leave more room for packing necessary gear. Here are some of the must-have clothes and gear we’re taking on adventures this season.   

1. Fisher + Baker Passage Jacket ($328)

From a backcountry hike to a classy restaurant, we love the versatility of the Passage Jacket. This men’s coat is also super lightweight, which makes packing it really easy! It is made with DownTek 750 down and a waterproof finish, so it’s very warm and can be worn alone or under a shell while playing outdoors, but it is also stylish, so you can keep it on for dinner afterwards.

2. Mountain Standard Women’s Hooded Down Jacket ($228)

For women, we like the Hooded Down Jacket by Mountain Standard for travel. Like our pick for men, it works equally well on playing on the mountain or in the town: it’s cute and seriously warm. And when we say warm, we mean 700-fill goose down warm. The jacket comes in four colors and we recommend sizing up for a relaxed fit.

3. Yaktrax Winter Traction Devices

If your winter adventure includes backcountry hiking or running on packed snow and ice, then you’ll want a winter traction device for your shoe or boot. We like Yaktrax for their compact but functional (and even quite stylish) products. The Yaktrax Run uses a combination of removable spikes and steel coils to provide amazing traction when running on packed snow and ice. It can be worn in temperatures as low as -41 degrees F, although we’re not sure who wants to run in that cold! For heavy-duty traction, say hiking up a snow and ice covered mountain, you’ll want the Yaktrax Summit: , which has 3/8 inch triangular carbon steel spikes for real grip on steep slopes.

4. Kamik Sienna Boot

Finding a boot that can work well for hiking and going out will help eliminate how many heavy shoes you add to your luggage. For women, we love the Sienna Boot by Kamik. It can be dressed up or down and keeps your feet warm and dry with 3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation and lightweight RubberHe bottoms.

5. Outlier Merino Hoodie & Strongwool Snap Bandana

For men, we are loving these products by Outlier this season. First, the Doublefine Merino Hoodie, which is wonderfully soft and warm. The three-piece hood fits closely around the neck and head without any annoying pull tabs or cords, meaning you can nap in it on say the airplane, without being poked by a tab. The high neck zip also helps to keep the cold out. It also has a tailored fit with an extended back and long raglan sleeves. Another favorite accessory from this company is the Strongwool Snap Bandana, which keeps the neck looking stylish but also ridiculously warm thanks to the doublefaced fleece that is tough on the outside to protect against the elements and super soft and brushed against the skin. It uses a magno-mechanical Fidlock closure that makes it easy to adjust and take on and off.

6. Armadillo LT Gaiter ($49.00)
Lightweight and breathable,  Armadillo LT Gaiters are a perfect pick for your next outdoor adventure. The gaiters are also fitted and durable and ensure your socks, feet and legs stay dry no matter how wet the weather. The Armadillo also protects from crampon spike punctures or other scrapes thanks to its 1000 denier nylon bottom half. It also features a waterproof YKK zipper that creates a contour fit so it doesn’t fall down or have to be readjusted when you’re active, while its boot-lace hook keeps the gaiter attached to your shoe.
7. Columbia Technical Performance Crew Socks
With moisture-wicking fabric, cushioned soles and arch support, Columbia socks are a treat for your feet. Designed specifically to provide long-lasting relief for tired feet, the company makes a number of different styles for women. We love the Technical Performance Crew Socks for hiking as they are super comfy on the feet. They are sold in two-packs with a variety of color choices.

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