Buying winter clothes, accessories, and equipment can be a daunting (and expensive) task, especially if you’re shopping for the entire family. Whether you have a family ski trip or relaxing spa retreat coming up, you’re better off saving your money for the actual vacation rather than blowing it all on bundling everyone up. Sierra Trading Post has all the brands that I trust at discounted prices – Columbia Sportswear, SmartWool, Teva, Icebreaker, UGG, and many more.
After browsing their winter products, here are my top 6 winter essential picks for the whole family (including Fido).
You can’t beat the price of these leggings, which are warm, stretchy and made of a breathable midweight blend of polyester and spandex. The wide waistband and four-way stretch fabric make them super comfy – the perfect base layer for the coldest temperatures or a stylish legging to pair with sneakers and a hoodie. As an added bonus they offer SPF 25 sun protection. Comes in several colors, including gray and pink.
There is literally nothing worse than going cheap on your winter outerwear then regretting it later when your underclothes are soaked and you’re shivering. I highly recommend investing in a good quality down jacket that will last for years and several winter trips. This one by Bogner is made of silky, quilted waterproof nylon and packed with 600-fill power down insulation. It has a knit neck for those especially cold days and pockets aplenty for storage, including lower back pocket, handwarmer pockets, and an interior snap pocket. Comes in khaki and navy.
It’s important to layer correctly, starting with the appropriate base tops. These men’s tops by SmartWool are made of premium soft merino wool knit that won’t itch, but will provide all the warmth and moisture wicking that only wool can deliver. The crew neck cut makes it easy to pair them with a hoodie and coat, or with just a light jacket for milder temperatures. Comes in several striped patterns.
You wouldn’t venture out into the extreme cold with proper clothing so why should your dog? This winter dog jacket by Hurrta is made of a wind-resistant nylon shell with Houndtex® waterproof breathable membrane, plus it’s lined with fleece for extra warmth. Reflectors give your pet added security and a drawstring makes it easy to adjust. Comes in black or blue.
Don’t underestimate how vital it is to travel with a good pair of warm slippers. These by UGG® Australia are both stylish and super comfy thanks to the sheepskin lining. The rubber soles make it possible to step outside onto a frosty patio to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. The moccasin-style design is very trendy tight now. Comes in gray and multi-colored print.
A good backpack that keeps your things organized is a valuable travel essential, no matter the destination. This backpack by Marmot is perfect for rugged winter escapes, but it could just as easily work as a diaper bag or carry on item. Plenty of pocket space and a front-loading main compartment with hydration pocket and exit port make it ideal for long trips and outdoor adventures. Polyurethane frame gives it added stability for heavier loads. Comes in grey/red and moss green/grey.
What I especially love about Sierra Trading Post’s products is that they are a fraction of the price at other retailers. You can find virtually anything for your next winter adventure at an affordable price.
What are your top winter essentials this year? Leave us a question or comment below!