The majority of travelers prefer warmer weather and tend to focus their trips around the milder seasons and venture to warmer climates for winter get-aways. I spent last January roaming the streets of Helsinki, Oslo, Tallinn and Riga. It may have been very cold but it is no reason not to experience the beauty of Europe during the winter. Dress right and enjoy the off season airfare and hotel prices. For those of you who go against the grain and are heading off to Europe to enjoy things like majestic Christmas markets and beautiful snow covered mountians the following items should be on you check list.
Thinner than bulky regular wool socks but plenty warm enough to keep your toes toasty. They dry quickly too.
Under Armour ColdGear®
The North Face Pullover
A mid-layer fleece keeps you warm and looks good wether you’re in the lodge or restaurant.
Waterproof hiking boot
A good Gore-Tex hiking boot will is probably the most versatile shoe you can travel with. You just may be able to pack light and only have one pair.
Light insulated shell jacket
A lightly insulted shell isn’t so bulky, will keep you warm when layered properly and a subtle solid color will look good for nearly every occasion.
Nobody needs to tell you the advantages of jeans and travel. Bring your favorite pairs and throw them over those UA ColdGear bottoms and stay warm while window shopping along the cobble stones.
Now that you have the basics, you will also need a good wool hat, gloves and scarf. Make plenty of stops for tea or coffee and enjoy the city with less tourists and beautiful snow that you don’t have to shovel.