Icelanders like to say there’s no such thing as cold weather; it’s just a matter of dressing properly.

Winter family travel opens up all kinds of possibility from visiting popular cities in the quiet off-season to getting outdoors together at snowy resorts or spending a pre-Christmas weekend in your favorite festive town.

But you do have to dress right so you know you and your kids will stay warm.

So here, 18 travel writers offer our 20 favorite winter clothes for men, women and kids. Pick what your family needs to keep warm in the even the very cold. Then start planning that winter getaway!

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The Best Winter Gear for Your Whole Family

Winter Essentials For Everyone

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 1. Columbia Omni-Heat Line

These heat reflecting baselayer separates are amazing.

My daughter has the heat-reflecting baselayer *top and bottom. She’s always the warmest among the three of us, even on the coldest days. She likes that it looks like a real shirt, so she can wear it on its own, too.

The line includes inner and outer ware for kids, men and women. I’ll be buying my own baselayer set before the winter is out.

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2. Merino Wool Baselayer

‪Laurence Norah‪ at Finding the Universe says, “A Merino wool baselayer is the best thing in the world when you’re on the side of a snow-covered mountain trying to take pictures.”

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3. Boody Body Eco Clothes

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‪Jean Cheney‪ at Traveling HoneyBird says, “I love Boody Body Eco underwear tops and bottoms! Super warm, dries fast if you get snow in your pants. Easy to wash and care for too.”

4. Smart Wool

‪Lauren Monitz‪ at the DownLo shares my love of SmartWool socks and long underwear tops and bottoms. “It’s so soft and breathable.”

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5. PossumWool Socks

International Hot Dish writer Scott Hornberg‪ warns, “Woe to the person who stands between me and my Possumdown wool socks.”

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The New Zealand footwear is made from possum fur and Merino wool for warmth, softness and wickability.

6. For Kids: 32 Degrees

‪Nicole Chiodo DeBickes of Family with Latitude‪ notes, “I love the 32 Degrees long underwear for kids. It is super affordable and very warm!”

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7. Ir? T=fam07 20&l=am2&o=1&a=b00qwgbdysA Zip-up Fleece

The namesake of Arzo Travels likes a nice zip-up fleece, like the ones from Columbia. It’s good mid-weight jacket and a snug layering item when it’s colder.

Clothes That Protect You

8. CragHoppers Clothes

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‪Skye Class at Skye Travels says, “My favorite is Craghoppers. They have a bunch of different options, but their quality is really high and designed for travel.

Try their men’s quick-drying, sun-protective, water and bug-repellent and stain-resistant trousers and shirts.

High-Tech Jackets

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The Travling German Edwina Dendler says, “ I swear by my Musto MPX sailing jacket for any kind of cold travel. It’s not very thick, so I layer up underneath. But it’s 100% waterproof and windproof and has an awesome high fleece collar as well.”

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10. A Compact Down Jacket

Natasha Alden‪ of The World Pursuit recommends “A packable down jacket. Mine is perfect for keeping warm, but packs up super small and light.” Beyove’s crunches up small enough to fit in its own pouch.

Reima makes warm winter coats for everyone in your family.
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Tracey Kifford of Pack the PJs says, “My son is loves his Reima winter coat.” These Finnish winter jackets are warm and windproof without bulk and come in fun colors. The brand also makes snowpants.

If you can’t find Reima in the US try warm and water resistant Marmot jackets for girls and boys

Boots that Keep The Family Warm

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I admit I’ve bought my share of Ugg knock-offs but I sprang for a genuine pair of Koolaburra fleece-lines boots this winter and I’m sold.

The boots have a slightly raised heel and arch supports, essentials for keeping my plantar fasciitis in check. And the soles are holding up better against NYC sidewalks than on some cheaper boots.

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‪For her part, Jurga Van S‪ from Full Suitcase prefers Ugg Adirondack lace-up boots. “They are warm, waterproof and keep my feet warm and dry. I used them when hunting for the Northern Lights in Iceland in winter and also every ski vacation for the last four years. Well worth the money!”

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Australian Blundstones

I love Blundstone Boots. I had my last pair for ten years and was sorry to see them go (their one downside is that shoemakers can’t really fix their integrated soles when they wear down).

The original 500s and 550s are easy to pop on and off and are water resistant. They’re comfortable even after a lot of walking and still look pretty good after a lot of wear and tear.

Be careful with the sizing. The Aussie and U.S. sizes can match up on the small side.

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Columbia Insulating Boots

Alexis Jordan Tchuise‪ of World Travel Adventure raves, “I love my Columbia Women’s Minx Mid III Omni-Heat Winter Boot. They keep my feet warm and dry even in Iceland in the winter!”

15.Ir? T=fam07 20&l=am2&o=1&a=b01nctyhdh For Kids: Bog Boots

‪Kay Tee‪ from TearFree Travel, says “For kids definitely Bog boots are the best! Super easy to get on and super warm. Also super cute patterns (priorities!) ”

Accessories That Do More

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16. A Soft Wool Scarf

Jessica Norah at Independent Travel Cats relies on, “A nice warm wool scarf to keep me warm inside or out,” like this Köln cashmere option.

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A Buff Gator

Becky Angell‪ of Becky the Traveller says she always packs, “My fleece Buff, you can keep your face lovely and warm especially your nose!” It can serve as a hat or hairband in a pinch, too.

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18. Isotoner SmarTouch Gloves

Family travel writer ‪Lisa Nass Grabelle‪ explains, “The women and girls in my family love the waterproof and insulated Isotoner SmarTouch gloves. They kept our fingers cozy even in snowy Oslo in winter, and you can still text!”

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19. Leg Warmers

‪Lavina DSouza‪ of Continent Hop says, “Leg warmers! If there’s space between your boots and legs they really help! Plus an added layer of insulation” under pants or over tights and leggings.

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20. Foot Warmers

‪Kaylie Baker‪ of Happiness Travels Here says, “To keep warm, on our trip to Lapland, air-activated foot warmers were a lifesaver.

Peel off the cover and place them in your shoes; they last for up to eight hours.” These warmers from Toasti Toes have a slim profile so they aren’t uncomfortable in shoes.

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