Warm Winter Clothes Your Family Will Love
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 — visiting popular cities in the quiet off-season, getting outdoors together at snowy resorts, holiday-season visits to your favorite festive town. But you do have to dress right and pack 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 and start planning that winter getaway! (Also try our printable packing list for winter vacations.)
Essential Winter Gear List for Family Travel
Snug Base Layers
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. 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.
4. Smart Wool
International Hot Dish writer Scott Hornberg warns, “Woe to the person who stands between me and my Possumdown wool socks.” The New Zealand footwear is made from possum fur and Merino wool for warmth, softness and wickability.
6. For Kids: 32 Degrees
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. Try their men’s quick-drying, sun-protective, water and bug-repellent and stain-resistant trousers and shirts.
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.”
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.
Boots that Kick Winter’s Butt
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!”
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.
Alexis Jordan Tchuise of World Travel Adventure raves, “I love my Columbia Women’s Minx Mid II Omni-Heat Winter Boot. They keep my feet warm and dry even in Iceland in the winter!”
Accessories That Do More
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!”
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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