What do I wear in cold destinations? A question I get asked often especially for cold destinations and precisely for Finland (goes down to -26 degrees Celsius).
The answer always depends on how cold it is, your activities whether you’ll be staying indoors or outdoors often, is the cold snow kinda cold -23 or is it a dry cold with no snow or showery/rainy cold? So these are all questions that would help you determine what do pack for your upcoming winter destination trip.
That said, I can help direct you towards where to start, and where to look for winter destinations shopping and layering.
1. Winter Coat
Things to look for in a good winter coat for Cold destination/Finland:
Remember when trying on coats at a store or ordering online, that you need to think about what you will be wearing underneath.Brands I personally used and trust for winter coats are Columbia, The North Face, Patagonia, REI, Marmot, HH, Canada goose and Ice-Breaker.
2. Thermals and Baselayers
Baselayers may also be called long underwear, thermals or thermal underwear. All are referring to warm underlayers that you wear closest to your skin under your regular clothes. You’ll want a long-sleeved top and a set of bottoms.
The most important thing is that you want thermal baselayers that are breathable and will take the moisture away from your skin.
I’d recommend bringing along two sets of baselayers if you are going to be spending more than a few days in the winter weather. If you are only packing one set, just be sure to buy durable quick drying ones that you can wash and dry overnight as needed.
3. Fleece Tops & Pants (Middle Layer)
Fleece is the ideal material for a mid-layer as it is made from long lasting synthetic fibre that is able to trap air and keep you warm. I usually wear a fleece under the coast and take off the coat if it gets sunny, and if its super warm I take off the coat and the fleece to stay in a base layer.
4. Warm Socks
Choosing warm, moisture-proof, and well-fitting socks is very important. Socks that quickly become soggy or don’t fit well will lead to cold feet and blisters.
Things to look for when choosing winter socks:
5. Waterproof Shoes or Boots
If you plan to spend any time outdoors wandering around in the snow, you’ll want a good pair of waterproof shoes or boots. If you are also visiting cities or doing a lot of indoor activities during your trip, I’d also recommend packing a regular pair of shoes to wear for indoor days and for travel days.
Your choice of footwear should depend on what you plan to do in Finland/ The cold destination you’ll visit. If you are just planning to walk around the snow then you can just get a general pair of waterproof shoes or snow boots. But if you are doing winter activities you’ll want a more heavy duty pair. If you are going hiking, you’ll definitely want a good pair of waterproof hiking boots.
My snow-boots that I tried and still use are a) Columbia B) Moon–boots Chiarra Ferragni and C) snow-boots that I found in a local shop in Helsinki. – in winter destinations you’ll always find winter boots, anything basically you get from the country should be a good choice for the country itself. Ive also used Timberland, they were good.
6. Needed Accessories
Buff – used for neck, head and to cover nose & mouth sometimes (Multi purpose) comes light and wintery so wool from the inside, depends on your preference and what you need it for. I usually get one of each (or two of each material) one for the cold weather to cover my neck, and one for either warm weather or to cover my head in cold weather under the ski gear.
This should pretty much cover it all.. If you are still confused I highly recommend you to check on YouTube and find someone who’s demonstrating their winter layering and it could give you better clarify.. enjoy the cold and stay warm!!