Whether you’re an old pro or new to winter recreation, there’s definitely a need for good winter outerwear.
Exact needs change based on the activity, but here are a few basics that will come in useful for most outdoor winter activities.
Not just any boots, supportive, waterproof boots.
Those suede and shearling boots are great to pop and and run a few errands, but they’re not waterproof and they’re not made for winter recreation.
A good pair of socks, or two, will keep your toes warm.
This is definitely one of those pieces of gear that is activity-dependent, but for things like sledding or snowshoeing, snowpants will keep you warm and dry.
A good stocking hat that covers your ears is a must-have for winter recreation. If you’re worried about hat hair, style your hair in a way that works with the hat, not against it.
Gloves and mittens
Mostly a preference, as long as your hands are warm and covered. Those thin knit gloves work well to layer under mittens.
A winter coat
May or may not be necessary, depending on the activity. Sometimes layering shirts, hoodies and light jackets is better than a heavy winter coat.
That being said, always bring a good winter coat with for any winter recreation. It’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
A mug of something warm
There’s nothing better than coming inside in the winter to a warm cup of cocoa, tea, coffee or cider.