- Stay Snug on Cold Days With The Warmest Winter Clothes for the Whole Family
- 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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Icelanders like to say there’s no such thing as cold weather; you just need warmer clothes.
Our winter family travel has included visiting popular cities like Montreal and London in the quiet off-season and getting outdoors together in snowy ski towns like Steamboat Springshttps://www.familiesgotravel.com/2015/01/steamboat-springs-winter-getaway/ and Lake Placid.
The key to enjoying these trips is packign the right clothes so that we can all stay warm and dry nno matter what activities ad weather the day might bring.
So here are my favorite outdoor winter clothes from coats and boots to baselayers to accessories for men, women and kids. There also recommendations from other intrepid travel writers.
Pick the items your family needs. Then start planning that winter getaway!
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Stay Snug on Cold Days With The Warmest Winter Clothes for the Whole Family
Warmest Winter Base Layers
1. Merino Wool Thermals for men
Laurence Norah at Finding the Universe prefers a merino wool baselayer.
“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.
Smart Wool’s baselayers wash and hold up really well, in my experience. The brand makes a merino wool thermals for women and men.
2. Body Eco Bamboo Basics for women
3. 32 Degrees Long Underwear for kids
32 Degrees has a full line of thermal wear and outerwear for men and women, too.
Coziest Winter Socks
4. SmartWool socks for women
5. PossumWool Socks From New Zealand for men
6. Fits Socks For Kids
High-Tech Winter Coats & Jackets
7. The Right Fleece Middle Layer for Women & Men
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.
Try the women’s West Bend zip-up from Columbia. It has a high collar to keep your neck warm and is cut longer than most fleeces so it won’t ride up, which is especially handy when you’re layering or when you’re active.
Columbia’s Steens Mountain full-zip fleece for men has zippered pockets and is extra long, so it doesn’t ride up when he’s busy.
8. Everything Proof Sailing Jacket for men
9. A Compact Down Jacket for women
10-11. 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 two gendered colors and three more neutral colors. It 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 Columbia’s Whirlibird II. It has a heat reflective lining, removable hood and an inner layer you can remove to make a fall to spring jacket. Since it’s made for skiing it has a lot of pockets, too.
The girls coat is cut a bit differently than the boys and if you don’t mind the darker colors, I prefer the boys’.
Boots that Keep The Family’s Feet Warm
12. Genuine Uggs for Women: 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 a few winters ago winter and I’m sold on the genuine article.
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 much better against salt-covered sidewalks better than on cheaper boots will.
13. Columbia Insulating Boots for Women
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!”
And the Omni-Grip rubber soles keep feet dry and provide good traction on icy or slushy terrain.
14. Bogs Boots for Kids
Winter Accessories That Do More
15. A Soft Wool Scarf for Women
16. A Buff Gator for Men or Women
Family travel writer Lisa Nass Grabelle explains, “The women and girls in my family love the waterproof and insulated Isotoner Smart Touch gloves.
They kept our fingers cozy even in snowy Oslo in winter, and you can still text!”
18. Leg Warmers for Women & Girls
19. Foot Warmers for Everyone
The year we hit below-freezig temperatures in Lake Placid we used both foot and hand warmers almost every time we went outside.
Activate them about 30 minutes before you head outside for maximum warmth. They’ll last for most of the day. These have a slim profile so they aren’t uncomfortable in shoes or gloves.