I have been a Northeast girl my entire life. Living in upstate New York has kept me well-prepared for blizzards, cold winds, and anything else that winter decides to throw at us. We often joke that we only get two seasons here: construction and winter. As I prepare to head off to Germany, I have been thinking of the best ways to stay warm while I travel. Here, I've decided to impart the tips I know (along with pictures to prove I've had my fair share of snow).
Winter outerwear is a priority, starting with the right coat. Down coats are a great way to stay warm, but are not usually made to get wet. I've found multi-layer coats (where a down undercoat zips into a windbreaker) are the best way to go. These will be especially helpful for traveling when, as we all know, consolidating clothes is a must. A hat and pair of gloves are important also. However, if you're anything like me with a tendency to lose things, I never bother with expensive gloves.
Footwear in winter can be a lifesaver (if you're wearing the right pair). I've found that insolated boots with some sort of non-slip bottom are best as they keep your feet warm and prevent any embarassing falls. Wool socks are a great investment if you plan on being outside for long periods of time in the cold.
Additionally, if you're planning on doing any camping, a warm sleeping bag is necessary. For this, I reccomend synthetic down, which will keep you both warm and dry. I've found that REI has some great options that come in extremely compact sizes. You can also get a compressor bag to squish your sleeping bag even smaller if you need more room in your suitcase.
These are just a couple of basic winter help tips while traveling. I am looking forward to many snowy adventures in Europe!
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<p>My name is Sarah and I am studying environmental studies and journalism. Although born and raised in upstate New York, I now go to college in Washington, DC. My perfect day involves eating lots of good food and getting lost on a hike.</p>