Not all winter trips translate to sun-drenched beach scenes on remote islands. For some of us, getaways during the months of January into March look a little more local and snow filled — making our suitcase contents less crochet bikini and more wool beanie. So when winter escapes aren’t literal cold-weather departures, there’s an entirely different set of travel essentials to turn to.
Enter: A streamlined a hit-list of 20 goods, from fashion to wellness and tech, that will suit any chilly destination on the travel docket for 2019 in style. Whether you’re planning a restful cabin retreat or an action-packed mountain outing, harsh weather doesn’t need to equal a lackluster packing list. Scroll on and let the packable cozy-chic accessories, hydrating beauty kits, and foldable rose-gold flasks ahead prove it.
The Good: Packable Down Pillow-Blanket
Dream of bringing your favorite down comforter along on a chilly vacay away? This clever, dual-purpose pillow-blanket makes packable, luxe-down practical and possible.
Riley Home Convertible Down Blanket, $59, available at Riley Home
Keep tea-time on-the-fly — this sleek and lightweight travel set boasts a stainless-steel infuser inside a double-walled glass cup that’s complete with a silicone sleeve and portable hard-shell carrying case.
Zens All-in-One Travel Tea Set, $49.99, available at Amazon
The Good: Soft Layering Turtlenecks
The ultimate layering essential for any winter getaway is a thin turtleneck to keep you insulated. This one comes in five colors and is made of superior Pima cotton with a touch of Lycra so it’s strong, soft, and the color won’t wash out.
Everlane The Pima Stretch Turtleneck, $30, available at Everlane
The Good: Travel-Sized Vitamin Packs
Colder climates can do a number on our hair, skin, and nails — so stock up on conveniently travel-sized vita-packs specially crafted to enhance their glow, strength, and shine.
Hum Runway Ready, $35, available at Hum Nutrition
The Good: Hand & Foot Warmers
The sweet relief that an air-activated heat pack brings is second to none. They’re TSA-approved and will come in handy when your tippy toes and fingers get colder than a cute pair of gloves or socks can handle alone.
HotHands Toe, Hand, & Body Warmer Variety Pack, $12.77, available at Amazon
Just because the beach is nowhere in sight, doesn’t mean we won’t need to block out the rays. Since snow is an incredibly strong sunshine reflector, investing in some polarized shades is key — and this trendy pair comes complete with a travel-friendly, collapsible case.
Privé Revaux The Kennedy 45mm Polarized Sunglasses, $29.95, available at Nordstrom
The Good: Transitional Puffer
Outerwear takes up a ton of space — try bringing one puffer coat that can effortlessly transition from more casual “I’m shaking in my boots” weather to dressier “I can’t feel my toes” temps.
Haven Mid-Length Quilted Puffer Coat, $99, available at Amazon
The Good: Moisture-Rich Sunscreen Kit
As mentioned earlier, not only beach-bums need to worry about sunburns — because the snow-burn is real. Invest in a moisture-rich travel SPF travel set that will protect and hydrate you with packable ease.
Supergoop! Supergoop! Day to Day Tote Value Set, $45, available at Amazon
The Good: High-Altitude Socks
Stock up on socks that will not only keep your blood flow regulated at higher mountain altitudes, but will also look snazzy while doing it.
Comrad Companion Compression Socks | Muted Rose 3-Pack, $48, available at Comrad
The Good: Puffer Scarf
This ’70s-style puffer scarf from KULE looks a little bit like a life vest, and we like it.
Kule The Seever – Royal Blue, $178, available at Kule
The Good: Travel Flask
Flasks filled with our favorite spirits may be an isolated cabin-in-the-woods necessity, but stainless-steel isn’t all too travel-friendly — so instead, try a pack of these foldable and leakproof Flask2Go models in a stylish rose-gold sheen.
Wine2Go Flask2Go Rose Gold, $9.99, available at Wine2Go
The Good: A Duffel Backpack That Holds EVERYTHING
Rolling suitcases are not rough terrain compatible, so try a backpack-duffel combo instead — this award-winning Patagonia pack is water resistant, lightweight, and aptly named the “Black Hol e” because of the amount of stuff it can carry. It comes in a version with wheels too, if you’re looking for a larger duffel.
Patagonia The Black Hole Duffel Bag, $129, available at Patagonia
The Good: A Hydrating Mist
This new formula from cruelty-free, sensitive skin-friendly brand Murad replenishes skin with prebiotics keeping your face feeling moisturized and refreshed in dryer climates.
Murad Prebiotic 3-in-1 MultiMist, $32, available at Murad
The Good: Stylish Head Warmer
Keep your noggin toasty in headwear that’s as cozy as it is chic — this super soft beanie is crafted from velvety chenille and is ready to be styled from day to night.
LOFT Chenille Faux Fur Pom Pom Hat, $14.99, available at LOFT
The Good: Balancing Skincare Kit
Keeping our skin on-point while traveling is hard enough as is, and throwing cold weather into the mix complicates that equation even further — so, try picking up a travel kit that combats winter’s drying effects with a lineup of naturally-crafted products that help to calm, balance, and care for the skin.
Ursa Major The Traveler Skin Care Kit, $41, available at DermStore
The Good: Lightweight Winter Boot
Skip bulkier shoes and pack a pair that are a lightweight mix between stylish sneakers and winter boots.
SOREL Explorer Joan Boots, $113, available at Amazon
The Good: Portable Water-Proof Speaker
Mountain tops need music too — this portable, waterproof, and travel-sized bluetooth speaker is perfect for clipping to your belt or backpack during outdoor excursions.
Logitech Ultimate Ears Wonderboom, Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, $55.99, available at Amazon
The Good: Greens On-The-Go
Getting a daily dose of greens while on-the-go is tough — unless you’re packing a portable sleeve of 8Greens’ effervescent tablets filled with a compressed and nutritious dose of spinach, wheatgrass, kale, blue green algae, spirulina, chlorella, barley grass, and aloe vera.
8G Effervescent Super Greens Tablet, $14, available at Amazon
The Good: Cozy-Chic Layer
Winter trips are all about the smart layer technique — invest in a base layer that is both parts cozy and chic for tucking under outerwear or stripping down to sport solo.
Urban Outfitters Willow Fuzzy Drawstring Teddy Jacket, $69, available at Urban Outfitters
The Good: Cozy Tech-Friendly Gloves
Don’t sacrifice feeling in your fingers for cold-weather phone use — these cozy wool gloves are conveniently warm AND tech-screen compatible.
ELMA Text-Touchscreen & Fleece-Lined Gloves, $14.99, available at Amazon
The Good: Packable Group Game
Overcome any potential cabin fever situations with a packable game that encourages group revelry.
The Grommet Mini Beer Pong Travel Set, $36, available at The Grommet
The Good: Fashion-Function Pack
Not your tropical beach tote, backpacks are a true winter escape essential — and this compact, multi-compartment pack from Herschel effortlessly nails the fashion-function power combo.
Herschel Supply Co. Dawson X-Small Backpack, Ash Rose, $64.98, available at Amazon
The Good: Reflective Gear
If your trip includes evening hikes or outdoorsy activities at night, invest in reflective gear. This one’s a recommendation for the sportier set and worth it if you find yourself going on an nighttime expedition.
Proviz Sports REFLECT360 Outdoor Fleece-Lined Jacket, $175, available at Proviz Sports
The Good: Hot Toddy Kit
Who needs a piña colada in hand when you can whip up a hot toddy from a mountain top?
W&P Design The Carry On Cocktail Kit, Hot Toddy, $28.99, available at Amazon
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