Your Winter Packing Essentials

November 16, 2017


Stephanie Goraczkowski

winter packing.jpgOh the weather outside is… weather. As we prepare to hunker down and wrap ourselves in a cozy blanket for the season, some of you are getting ready to take a winter travel assignment. So grab your mittens and hot cocoa; we’ve got your winter packing essentials, plus some of our faves.


A weather-ready coat

Clearly, we all need a winter coat if we’re spending any amount of time in a chilly city. This is a no-brainer essential! Depending on where you’ll be, there are different types to fit your needs. Let’s call them “coat levels” for the sake of fun. If you’re going to be in a lukewarm area for winter, you don’t want to bring something super bulky and thermal. It takes up room, and you’ll sweat in it. You need a coat level 1, like a coat vest or a wool jacket. Now, if you’re going to be in sub-zero temperatures where the snow is attacking your face every day, you’re at a coat level 5. Get a lined parka. Maybe with an attached face warmer. Don’t freeze, ok? And if you’re in between… you get the idea. You’re a smart shopper, so just pick something that makes sense for you.

Our faves? These…

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Women’s Outer Boroughs Parka – The North Face



Eddie Bauer


Women’s IgniteLite Reversible Vest – Eddie Bauer



London Fog

Califon Stretch Military Shirt Jacket – London Fog




Men’s Better Sweater® Fleece Jacket – Patagonia




Men’s Two Harbors Polartec Fleece Jacket – Duluth Trading Co.



Snow boots

So you have your normal footwear, like a running shoe or a regular flat dress shoe, or maybe even an ankle boot… Have you ever worn one of these on a cold winter morning? Seems fine, right? Then you step into some snow sludge or an unexpected snow drift that only looked like a bit of a dusting. Yep. It happens to me frequently. Don’t be me. If you are going to be me, at least pick something different than my inevitable soggy foot. What I mean is, get yourself some snow boots already.

Our faves? These…

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Women’s Joan of Arctic Boot – Sorel



Spring Step Fotios Women's Waterproof Winter Boots – Kohls


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Men’s Cheyanne II Lace Duck Boot – Sorel



Men's Bangor Omni-Heat Boot – Columbia




It seems like when your hands are cold, your whole body is cold. Whether you’re out running errands or doing some serious skiing, you need to keep those digits wrapped up and warm! If you’re still shoving your hands into your coat pockets, it’s time for some legit glove action.

Our faves? These…

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Columbia Sportswear Women's Thermarator Gloves


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Igloos Men's C40 Thinsulate Insulation Taslon Ski Gloves


Want to make your glove experience even toastier? Get some of these…

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Hot Hands Warmers




It’s sweater weather. I think there are like, at least 200 songs with some form of this title or lyric. It seems pretty clear that you’ll need a sweater for winter, but I want to emphasize layering as part of this post. Pack tanks tops and t-shirts and long sleeve shirts; just pack a ton of shirts. Toss a sweater over it and—BOOM!—instant layering and instant warmth. Layering is essential for winter, because you can adjust layers easily. Also I just wanted to shop for sweaters, so here you go…

Our faves? These…

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Women’s Cotton Cardigan – H&M


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Collection Striped Pullover – J Crew


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Extra-Fine Italian Merino Crew – Banana Republic


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Everyday Cashmere Half-Zip Sweater – J Crew




Everyone thinks you need sunglasses in the summer most of all, but have you ever tried driving with the sun bouncing off freshly-piled snow? So. Blinding. Avoid the squinting (and a possible car accident) with some movie star-worthy eyewear.

Our faves? These…


Women’s Cateye Sunglasses in Tortoise – Target



Original Wayfarer – Ray-Ban



Men’s Holbrook Prism Black – Oakley



Skin care

When packing for a travel assignment, looking stylish is great, but if you have flaky skin or cracked lips, you might not be putting your best snow boot forward. During these cold months, the air is literally taking the moisture right out of your face. Stay on top of your winter skin care routine with lip balms and the best lotion for winter.

Our faves? These…

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Burt's Bees Lip Balm


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Nature Republic Lotion



Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream



We hope these ideas will keep you cozy and comfortable during your winter travel jobs. If you're looking for other reads on winter travel assignments, check out our blog about surviving the holidays as a traveler.

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