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For my birthday week, I gave myself the gift of travel (shocker!) to Toronto, Canada and Detroit, Michigan. Of course it's cold over there by now; not this ridiculous 86 degree "winter" here in Los Angeles so I wanted to share with you what I'll be packing in preparation for "real winter"!
Being a 4th year Southern California gal, life in the cold has been long forgotten. Before moving to Los Angeles, I lived in areas of extremely cold climate and was basically a professional driver through snow but now, the warmest thing in my closet is a fleece hoodie.
While I was packing for this trip to the Mid-West, I had to recall what winter really felt like back when I used to live there. I was able to channel those cold winters and come up with some must-haves for traveling to cold weather!
Coat - Even if you're inside a building or in a car for most of the time, places like Toronto and Detroit will remind you why you still need a warm coat for those times you're just walking to and from your car. It may just be me but I always love some faux fur on my hood; I feel like it keeps me warmer, weird maybe?
Boots - I'm not much of a boots girl but I am when I'm in cold weather, that's for sure! I love some nice leather knee-high boots to keep my legs and feet warm!
Glove - I always carry open-finger gloves because I hate not being able to feel things with my fingers! Of course in this day and age you need to maneuver through touch-screens which is difficult with gloves. Yes, they do sell gloves that are touch-screen friendly, but I have yet to find ones that actually work 100% of the time.
Scarf - No explanation needed, right? I do tend to prefer the infinity scarves, though. It's so much easier to put off and on!
Puffer Vest - Never underestimate the power and warmness of the Puffer Vest! I love having it with me on the plane or when I'm just quickly going to be outside.
Leggings - Great quality leggings will keep you so warm! I personally love the Spanx full length leggings. They're opaque, thick, keeps your legs warm and of course, sucks you in a little bit which is never a bad thing, right?
Head Wrap - For those times when you can't wear your fur hood. Not only does it keep your head cozy, it looks really adorable, too!
Knit Hat - When the hood or head wrap just doesn't do the job of keeping you warm. Just so it looks cute, I love the ones with the huge pom-pom on the top!
Hand Lotion - Definitely a must have that's easily forgotten. Cold weather = dry skin, sometimes to the point where your skin hurts! You don't want dry or pain hands, keep a travel size lotion in your bag or pocket!
Lip Balm - Same reason and effect as the lotion. In fact, lips get dryer fast so constant love is absolutely necessary! Some places will carry lip balm especially made for winter weather!
Sunglasses - I've lived where it got so cold that my eyes would start to sting (SoCal friends, you can't even start to imagine that, can you?). Sunglasses really help that out, especially when it's windy!
Socks - Find the thickest and longest socks you can find! When I'm wearing boots, I love having knee-high socks to keep me extra warm! You definitely don't want any frostbites, trust me!
That wraps up my winter packing necessities! What are your must-haves for cold weather that I forgot to list or should bring?
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