Icelanders like to say there’s no such thing as cold weather; you just need warm winter clothes.
Winter family travel opens up all kinds of possibilities from visiting popular cities in the quiet off-season to getting outdoors together at snowy resorts.
But you do have to dress right so you and your kids will stay warm and dry throughout your adventures.
So here, top travel writers offer our favorite outdoor winter clothes from coats, boots, baselayers to accessories for men, women and kids.
Pick what your family needs to keep warm, even in the very cold. Then start planning that winter getaway!
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The Best Winter Clothings for Women & Men, Boys & Girls
Table of contents
- The Best Winter Clothings for Women & Men, Boys & Girls
- Warmest Winter Base Layers
- Coziest Winter Socks
- High-Tech Winter Coats & Jackets
- Boots that Keep The Family’s Feet Warm
- Winter Accessories That Do More
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Warmest Winter Base Layers
1. Columbia Omni-Heat Line
These heat reflecting baselayer separates are amazing.
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 to school on cold days.
2. Merino Wool Thermals
“It’s the best thing in the world when you’re on the side of a snow-covered mountain trying to take pictures,” she says.
Helly Henson’s baselayers wash and hold up really well, in my experience. The brand makes a line of 2-layer merino wool thermals for women and men.
3. Body Eco Bamboo Basics
4. 32 Degrees Long Underwear
32 Degrees has a full line of thermal wear and outerwear for men and women, too.
Coziest Winter Socks
6. PossumWool Socks From New Zealand
7. Fits Socks For Winter Hiking
My daughter has become a fan of Fits light hiker socks for winter camping.
They’re thinner and have more stretch than some other winter socks but are still warm. and They have a line of fairly gender-neutral colors teens like.
High-Tech Winter Coats & Jackets
8. The Right Fleece Middle Layer
The namesake of Arzo Travels likes a lightweight fleece. It’s a snug layering item when it’s very cold. And it’s handy under a vest or wind breaker during cool shoulder season days.
9. Musto Sailing Jackets
10. A Compact Down Jacket
11-12. Really Warm Winter Coats for Kids
For girls and boys who like a shorter puffy coat, you can’t go wrong with Marmot’s Kids Guide Down Hoody. It comes in colors that will appeal to both genders, has a snug collar, elastic on the hood and cuffs and enough down to keep them warm on long snow days.
If you prefer a longer jacket that fully covers their bums, try the Porteau Cove from Columbia. It has a heat reflective lining, a fleece-lined hood, waterproof exterior and sleaves you can make shorter and longer to get an extra year out of the coat.
The girls coat is cut a bit differently than the boys and if you don’t mind the darker colors, I prefer the boys, really.
Boots that Keep The Family’s Feet Warm
13. Genuine Uggs: 2 Kinds
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 a city mom who does a lot of walking all winter. And the soles are holding up better against NYC sidewalks than on some cheaper boots have.
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: Bogs Boots
Winter Accessories That Do More
16. A Soft Wool Scarf
17. A Buff Gator
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
20. Foot 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.