Living in an area that is blessed to be bathed in warm sunshine and heat year-round is one of the most pleasant things in the world. While there are certainly some folks out there who prefer to live in a setting where frequent season changes take place, there are others who’d rather give that up to be in an area where they’re constantly surrounded by the warmth and heat that comes with living in a place that’s constantly in that of a warm climate.

As pleasant as this can be, there’s no doubt that it can sometimes create for a bit of a bore. While it definitely makes life a heck of a lot easier in many different cases, it can also be a bit drab at times. While the sun and heat are certainly lovely, it’s only natural to have a hankering for something different at times.

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If you find yourself wanting to experience different weather and a climate unlike the one you live in, taking a trip to an area with a colder climate just might be what the doctor ordered. Exposing you and your family to an area that’s so radically different from where you live can create for a truly wonderful experience, but if you aren’t entirely familiar with colder climates, you might not be the most prepared when it comes down to knowing what to bring with you to ensure that you have as enjoyable of a trip as possible.

If you’re finding yourself in this situation, don’t get too distraught! There’s nothing wrong with this at all. However, we do know that this can create for a bit of headache, so that’s why we’ve created a list of the top 5 things to take with you on your trip to a colder climate. And, without any further ado, here’s what we recommend taking with you.

Socks

When it comes to socks, you might be inclined to pack the biggest and heaviest pair of socks that you can get your hands on. While these will definitely keep your feet and toes warm, they’ll also take up a tremendous amount of space in your suitcase. In order to get the best of both worlds, we suggest bringing thinner socks that are designed to keep your feet warm. They’ll provide you with the warmth you need without taking up too much packing space. Win, win!

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Boots / Shoes

In regards to what kind of footwear you should take with you, it’s going to be a matter of personal preference as to whether or not you want to take boots or shoes. The most important thing to keep in mind is whether or not the footwear you bring along will be comfortable for you. If they are, you’ll be set. Boots are going to provide for increased warmth over traditional shoes, and if you plan on trekking through a lot of snow, they will also be the best choice for this case as well.

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Layers

It might be easy to think that you should pack as many heavy jackets and sweaters as you possibly can, but this will do nothing but eat up precious space in your suitcase that you really cannot afford to lose. In colder climates, getting a nice base layer shirt will take up a minimal amount of space in your suitcase, and it will also do a great deal in regards to keeping your body warm and safe when out in the cold weather. A base layer shirt is, without a doubt, one of the most important items you can take with you when traveling to a colder climate. Don’t leave this at home.

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Coat

You’re obviously going to need a coat when going to a colder climate, but leave it at that. Just one coat. You might think that you need to pack multiple ones to keep you insulated and warm, but that’s why you’ve got your base layer items we just talked about. Here’s a simple rule of thumb to remember when dealing with coats – If you’re going to bring one, wear it and don’t pack it.

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Gloves, scarves, hats, etc.

If you’re traveling to an area that’s particularly cold and harsh, you’ll want to bring along some extra items in addition to everything we’ve already talked about. These other items come in the form of things like gloves, scarves, hats, etc. These aren’t necessary for every cold climate, but if it’s particularly fierce, you’ll be glad you brought these along.

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