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What to pack for winter: The essentials

To enjoy your adventure to winter wonderland as best as possible it is inportant to not get cold!
Here are our top 5 tips to stay warm.

The winters in Lapland are not so bad as we thought. Due to the low humidity it feels different than the rest of Europe!”

Ann B.

#1 Thermal underwear

Keep yourself warm with a layer of thermal underwear. During the winter, temperatures can go down to -40°C. A layer of thermal underwear is therefore a good idea to pack as a first layer. Avoid cotton and opt for bamboo or merino wool instead. Cotton is a slow-drying fabric, so you quickly get cold in these temperatures.

#2 Warm and comfortable pants and sweaters

For cold winters it is best to dress up in layers. As a second layer is it a good idea to take something comfortable in which you can move. Look for a warm jogging or legging (not to thick) that fits comfortable to wear under ski pants or a winter overall. It is a great feeling to come back inside after a day full of outdoor activities and lay back in a warm fleece or knitted sweater with a cup of coffee.

#3 Waterproof layer

As a final layer, bring some waterproof warm clothing, for example ski pants and jackets or ski overalls are best. A warm parka is also an option. If you come out in the winter, you don’t have to worry about which clothes to wear, because they are always hidden under a warm and waterproof layer. If you have booked one of our winter tours you’ll get an extra thermo overall from us. During activities like snowmobiling and a husky sleigh ride it can be necessary to wear it above your own waterproof layer.

#4 Hat, gloves and scarf

Take some warm gloves, a hat and a scarf with you to keep your face warm. It is also possible to buy these at our reception. Go for a pair of waterproof gloves with a warm liner inside. Choose a hat which covers your ears so they won’t freeze. Go for a practical scarf that you can pull over your face so you’re not strugeling with your scarf getting stuck between your layers.

#5 Socks and boots

Go for woolen socks and waterproof boots with a good grip, knowing you will be walking in snow everyday. It is important to have some extra space in your boots for the woolen socks. Again it is important to avoid cotton socks. You can opt for bamboo or merino wool instead. What you find a lot here in Sweden are padded rubber boots. Some of them are perfect to -40°C. Some people choose Ice Bugs, which are grippy shoes with pins on the sole. Please note that you are not allowed to enter any shop or restaurant with these shoes (including ours) because they damage the floor and that they are not necessary here at all. A good pair of winter boots with grip are much more practical for a Swedish winter.

My suitcase checklist: (week package edition)

  • 1 pair of bamboo or merino wool socks / day
  • extra pair of socks
  • Warm walking shoes with a good profile for walking in snow / over ice
  • Scarf
  • Beanie
  • warm waterproof Gloves
  • Thermal underwear
  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • 1 jeans for dinner
  • sweaters
  • warm joggings
  • underwear / day
  • Ski pants and jacket
  • toiletries
  • sunglasses
  • lip balm and body lotion for dry skin

In Swedish Lapland, winter temperatures can range from -10°C to -40°C. Make sure you have enough warm clothes with you. If some of your clothes got wet from the snow, make sure you have some other options to wear the next day so it can dry. Good advice to make your suitcase weigh less, put on your winter coat and trousers, because you’ll need them once you’ve landed.

Forgot to pack something? Not enough space in your suitcase? At our reception we sell next to souvenirs some practical things like beanies, lip balm,…

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