Cold Weather Packing List

Travelling in the winter time isn’t for everyone but it can be with the right preparation. When we say cold weather travel, like the Antarctica, Churchill, Alberta for polar bears and belugas.

This guide is meant for those kind of trips where you’ll be going somewhere that averages -10°C (14°F), most of your activities will be outdoors, and you’ll be relatively active.


The snow beaded off the shell, the large front pockets were very handy, and the hoods on both jackets were helpful when we really needed protection from the blizzards.

Technical Fleece

A good fleece is necessary but a quality technical fleece is even better if you can swing it. These served as the second layer.

Base Layers

Base layer tops are like underwear. They’re next-to-skin and since the other layers are re-used throughout your entire trip, you’ll probably want a couple of these in your rotation.

IIt works in a similar way except there aren’t as many layers involved. After your underwear, there’s a base layer, followed by a fleece, and finally a waterproof shell.


Underwear and Socks

The unglamorous part of any packing list.  We washed our underwear everyday and I think I could’ve easily done with 3 or 4. 

PJs and Casual Clothing

Don’t forget about these items in your cold weather packing list!

Next steps

More amazing travel inspiration in the blog post!