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
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.
2. Merino Wool Baselayer
3. Boody Body Eco Clothes
4. Smart Wool
5. PossumWool Socks
The New Zealand footwear is made from possum fur and Merino wool for warmth, softness and wickability.
6. For Kids: 32 Degrees
7. A Zip-up Fleece
Clothes That Protect You
8. CragHoppers Clothes
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.
9. Musto Sailing Jackets
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.”
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.
11. For Kids: Reima Nordic Coats
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.
Boots that Keep The Family Warm
12. Genuine Uggs
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.
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!”
13. 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).
Be careful with the sizing. The Aussie and U.S. sizes can match up on the small side.
14. 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. For Kids: Bog Boots
Accessories That Do More
17. A Buff Gator
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!”
19. Leg Warmers
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.