winter trips translate to sun-drenched beach scenes on remote islands. For some of us, traveling during the months of December to March looks a little more local and snow-filled — making our suitcase contents less crochet bikini and more wool beanie. So, when winter getaways aren't actual cold-weather escapes, there's an entirely different set of travel essentials to rely on. Enter: A streamlined shopping list of stylish goods, from fashion to wellness and tech, that will suit any frigid destination on your travel docket. Whether it's a restful cabin retreat or an action-packed mountain outing, harsh winter weather doesn't need to equal a lackluster suitcase lineup. Scroll ahead for the easily packed puffers, cozy-chic accessories, hydrating beauty kits, and more that prove it. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.
Skip the standard winter-fringe scarf and go straight for this leveled-up puffer style from Anthro that's sure to keep you even warmer.
Brigitte Puffer Scarf, $, available at
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 streamlined set that combats winter's drying effects with a lineup of moisture-sich essentials.
The Skincare Set, $, available at
The ultimate layering essential for any winter getaway is a turtleneck that keeps you insulated — this one comes in five classic colors and is crafted from Uniqlo's trusty and toasty HeatTech materials.
HeatTech Extra Warm Turtleneck T-Shirt, $, available at
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.
Runway Ready, $, available at
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Stock up on socks that will keep your blood flow regulated at higher mountain altitudes, your toes toasty inside your snow boots, and look retro-chic while doing it.
Companion Compression Sock | White/Red Varsity, $, available at
Winter trips are all about a smart layer technique — invest in a base layer that's both parts cozy and chic for tucking under outerwear or stripping down to sport solo.
The ReNew Fleece Half-Zip, $, available at
Not your tropical beach tote, this miniature-sized duffle bag is a true winter escape essential. Crafted from durable weather-resistant nylon in a range of fashion-forward tones, it can be converted for cross-body to top-handle or over-the-shoulder toting.
Extra-Small Landon Carryall, $, available at
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Outerwear takes up a ton of space. So, instead of one bulky coat, try this cropped reversible puffer that packs two styles in one and also folds up into a compact pouch that doubles as a fluffy travel pillow.
The Reversible Packable Puffer, $, available at
Just because the beach is nowhere in sight, doesn't mean we won't need to block out the sun. Since snow is an incredibly strong ray reflector, investing in some polarized shades is key — like this retro-style, wrap-around pair designed by miss Kim Kardashian West herself.
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Rider, $, available at
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Stay cozy in a fresh new pair of sweatpants with extra-warm fleece flair.
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Sherpa Jogger Pant, $, available at
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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.
Convertible Down Blanket, $, available at
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Keep your noggin toasty in headwear that's as cozy as it is chic — this vibrant pom-pom beanie is crafted from a soft nylon-merino-wool blend and is ready to be styled from day to aprés.
Striped Pom-Pom Beanie, $, available at
Flasks filled with our favorite spirits may be an isolated cabin-in-the-woods necessity, but stainless-steel isn't all too travel-friendly — instead, try a pack of these foldable and leakproof Flask2Go models in a stylish rose-gold sheen.
Flask2Go Rose Gold, $, available at
Choose a winter boot that's insulated, weatherproof, and offers plenty of traction — but, isn't so bulky that it takes up your entire packing square footage.
Jalissa Waterproof Bootie, $, available at
As mentioned earlier, not only beach-bums need to worry about sunburns — because the snow-burn is real. Invest in a moisture-rich and travel-sized SPF set that will protect and hydrate you with packable ease.
Your Everyday SPF Kit (3 piece), $, available at
Snoods are trending — and for good reason: this soft-as-butter half-top is strategic, stylish, and non-bulky layering at its finest.
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Cashmere Turtleneck Snood, $, available at
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Who needs a piña colada in hand when you can whip up a hot toddy from a mountain top?
The Carry On Cocktail Kit, Hot Toddy, $, available at
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 Hole" because of the amount of stuff it can carry.
Ultralight Black Hole 20L Backpack, $, available at
These stretchy, faux-leather coated leggings are lined with a cozy fleece interior and crafted in a flattering high-waisted style — so you can look #fashun without freezing.
Fleece Lined Liquid Leggings, $, available at
Overcome any potential cabin fever situations with an easy game that encourages group revelry.
Tipsy Tower Shots Drinking Game, $, available at
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Colder climates call for a certain type of slipper — and it looks just like the "Cush," a 1980s-esque puffer-pillow shoe invented by the polar-footware-pros at Baffin.
Cush, $, available at
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.
Hot Hands 2 Handwarmer (40 Pairs), $, available at
If your trip includes evening hikes or outdoorsy activities at night, invest in at least one reflective piece. We've got our eyes on this under-$20 statement jacket that, tbh, we'll be wearing in the sunshine too.
Zip Up Reflective Drawstring Hem Sports Jacket, $, available at
This sleek, lightweight travel mug employs battery power to keep hot drinks at your exact temperature preference for up to three-hours time (or, all day when docked on its charging coaster).
Temperature Control Smart Mug 2, 12 oz, $, available at
Don't sacrifice feeling in your fingers for cold-weather phone use — these cozy wool gloves are conveniently warm AND tech-screen compatible.
FZ Fantastic Zone
Touchscreen Fleece-Lined Gloves, $, available at
This bestselling mist from Mario Badescu soothes sensitive, winter-weary skin with its moisturizing rosewater and aloe formula bottled in a sweet travel-friendly size (so you can spritz on the fly).
Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater, 4 Fl Oz, $, available at
A winter hat-scarf hybrid: this 100% merino-wool "neckie" was sustainably sourced and hand-knit in Peru by a fair-wage team of working moms — it comes in five different color options, too, from a classic black to a festive crystalline blue.
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The Shaw Neckie, $, available at
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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.
WONDERBOOM Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, $, available at
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.
Effervescent Super Greens Tablet, $, available at
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