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What to Wear in the Winter to Stay Warm Outdoors

What to wear in the winter to stay warm.
If your winter itinerary includes exploring a winter wonderland all day then wear some good gear. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Don’t let the fear of the cold keep you inside this winter. With the right gear, spending the day outside can be fun. Read on for what to wear in the winter to stay warm.

What to Wear in the Winter to Stay Warm

Keep Your Head Warm

Start the day off right with the right gear for your head and face. If your head gets cold, the rest of your body will too.


A knitted hat with a lining is a must. And it’s called a toque in Canada. Try this one made with merino and available in several different colors.

Gaiter or Neck Warmer

Sure, scarves are cute. Though when I’m outdoors, skiing or snowshoeing I prefer a gaiter. Buy a two-ply one for more protection. Here’s one that’s Canadian made and comes in a variety of colors.

Or here’s one from a company in Vermont.


A must for your eyes, especially on cloudy and windy days.

And find them in lots of colors.

Use Layers to Stay Warm

Layers are essential to keep warm. And as the sun climbs high, you can stay comfortable.

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Base Layers

Start the day with a smart base layer that looks like a shirt. In case it warms up and you start to shed layers.

Or grab a zipper option.

And don’t forget about the leggings. Use the dual-layer leggings for added warmth.

Fleece Layer

A good quality fleece is important for staying warm. Wear it under your outer, water and windproof layer.

Snow Pants

Not just for snow boarding or skiing, wear them snowshoeing or sledding. Any time you’re spending the day outside during the winter.


A good winter coat should be wind and waterproof with lots of pockets plus a hood. Add zippered underarm vents and thumb holes and it’s perfect.


Do your gloves have a touch screen feature along with a pocket for a hand warmer? Then it’s time for new gloves.


How to Keep Your Feet Warm

Another must to keep warm and dry during the winter. When feet get cold or wet, it’s going to be a long day.

Boot Socks

Find some cute boot socks with a blend of fibers.



Good boots are an investment that will last for years. Considered the best, Sorel even outfits the glaciologists in Antartica.

Other Necessities

I’ve used this waterproofer for years. Works like a charm, even for kids who sit in the snow.

Foot warmers (not toe warmers) are hard to find. These cover the entire sole of your boots for constant and comfortable warmth.


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