The polar vortex may have retreated north for now, but we still have plenty of winter ahead of us. Before you head off ill-prepared into the tundra, add these winterproof necessities to your packing list. And if there’s anything you refuse to travel without in the winter months, tell us about it in the comments below.
Keep Warm by Packing These Items for Winter Trips
For anyone with constantly cold extremities, the Letouch rechargeable hand warmer is a must-pack lifesaver. The hand warmer is fully electronic and easily chargeable. Best of all? It doubles as a portable charger for your smartphone.
Amazon User Review: “Love this warmer, lasts a long time, use it for battery backup and when it is cold.”
Price: Starting at $22 on Amazon
Exploring a new city on foot is nearly impossible in winter without gearing up in a pair of warm thermals. This is a case of function over fashion, so who cares what they look like, unless you plan on lounging around apres-ski with a special someone.
Amazon User Review: “I love these thermal shirts. For me, they are multipurpose. I wear them around the house to lounge in and they are very comfortable. For work I wear them under my uniform for an extra layer when it's cold.”
Price: Starting at $10 on Amazon
This scarf from RanRui is a 100% cashmere and can transform from a nice winter scarf to a large shawl. Great for keeping warm on a chilly flight or dressing up a cute winter outfit for a night out.
Amazon User Review: “The scarf/shawl was beautiful! It is beyond what I expected. Very good quality & soft; what you want in a good cashmere accessory. I recommend this scarf to everyone as it's so versatile.”
Price: Starting at $30 on Amazon
Keep your belongings safe and dry from sleet and snow with a weather-resistant carry-call. My favorite is this backpack from Pelican. It has a durable water-resistant coated outer shell and a lifetime warranty.
Amazon User Review: “Well made, Waterproof, durable material, comfortable straps.”
Price: Starting at $160 on Amazon
Confession time. I was a chronic buyer of cheap luggage and suffered a string of broken wheels and other bag disasters that could have been avoided if only I had invested in something a little nicer. If you’re looking to step up your luggage game and want something durable, I recommend the Barcelona from Traveler’s Choice. This spinner has dual cyclone wheels for traction and stability.
Amazon User Review: “Once we figured out how to open it, it’s amazing. There should be instructions though on how to open it up for the first time.”
Price: Starting at $162 on Amazon
Putting your phone in a waterproof or dry bag when swimming at Reykjavik’s Blue Lagoon is a given, but you should also do it when participating in any and all winter sports. A waterproof bag like this one from JOTO can keep your phone secure and safe from snow if you drop it.
Amazon User Review: “This Waterproof case is amazing.”
Price: Starting at $6.90 on Amazon
My biggest issue with winter is having to deal with dry air from heaters and radiators. Try to pack a portable humidifier to keep the air in your room moist and prevent you from getting sick.
Amazon User Review: “I like how streamlined the unit is. It fits easily on my nightstand and on my desk. Also, I like the gentle sounds the unit makes. It lulls me to sleep with its white noise- water feature.”
Price: Starting at $30 on Amazon
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