Whether you love or hate cold weather, it is inevitable when you live in certain areas. And that is why cold weather accessories are important.
Just because it is cold outside doesn’t mean you can get out and do something enjoyable.
With the right gear, you can get out of the house any time of the year to do the activities you love.
So, this post is all about the best cold weather accessories to help keep you active during those cold months.
Cold Weather Accessories-Material Matters
Many people overlook what material their gear is made out of.
Now, I am a firm believer in wearing what you are comfortable in.
You always want to have comfort and be able to move in what you are wearing.
In my opinion, if you aren’t comfortable wearing something, you will be much less likely to actually wear it.
With that being said, certain material can have their advantages.
You will see under some of the categories, that I explain what you might want to look for when it comes to material.
Materials such as wool and fleece are good for cold weather because they help keep in heat.
If it gets very cold were you live, finding cold weather accessories that are insulated is a good idea.
These are things you should keep in mind when picking out your gear.
A hat is a very important cold weather accessory because your ears are a very sensitive part of your body. Without properly protecting them from the cold, you risk frostbite.
Hats are also great to wear because it can actually keep the rest of your body warm too, by making sure heat is not escaping from your head.
The best type of hat to wear in cold weather is a lightweight fleece or wool hat. This will help keep your head dry.
Keep in mind, an insulated hat with ear flaps might be best for you depending on how cold your weather gets.
This hat ranks high on Amazon for both men and women.
I recommend this hat because it is fleece, which makes it lightweight and breathable.
There are many hats out there that are made from acrylic. This is a warm material; however, it is not water resistant or as breathable as wool and fleece.
Scarfs For Cold Weather Accessories
A scarf is always a good idea to keep on hand as one of your cold weather accessories.
It is a very underutilized piece of clothing, that is actually very helpful.
Your neck is yet another sensitive area of your body that needs protection.
A scarf is a great defense against the cold and can help protect you from catching a cold.
Ladies, here is a great scarf that not only looks great but will actually keep you warm.
Men, here is a scarf that will not only keep you warm but comes in many different designs to suit anyone’s taste.
Jackets are another cold weather accessory that is not only necessary, but people are very particular about.
Those down jackets seem to be pretty popular over that last few years. My husband hates them.
He says he would never wear one because it makes you look like a marshmallow. Now, I say this just as an example of how particular people can be.
I have nothing against those jackets and have heard from people I know that have them that they are warm.
But because people all have different tastes, and a jacket is an absolute must, I have several different jackets to share with you.
Each a great choice for anyone.
If you are looking for something on the lighter side, the Weatherproof Men’s or Women’s 32 Degrees Mélange Rain Jacket is an excellent choice.
This jacket is wind and water- resistant. It will keep you warm without limiting your movements.
If you are looking for something for all seasons, a jacket like this is going to be your go to. The Weatherproof 3-in-1 Systems Jacket.
This jacket is layered with a PVC shell and has removable inner polar fleece jacket, as well as a removable hood.
Vest For Cold Weather Accessories
A vest might be just what you need. Paired with the proper sweatshirt, it might be all you need on a cool day.
Some activities are going to keep you warmer than others.
It might also be an activity where you can move easier in a vest, rather than a full jacket.
This is one of those cold weather accessories that could be paired with either a vest or a jacket.
However, it can also be perfect worn alone on a cool day.
No matter how you wear it, make sure that it is that will keep you warm and comfortable.
Here is a nice example. Independent Trading Co. Sherpa Lined Full-Zip Hooded Sweatshirt.
Long Sleeve Cold Weather Accessories
Depending on how cold it actually is, you might consider wearing a long sleeve shirt.
I know I have hit times where I will wear a long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, and a jacket.
Now, I run a little colder than most, but again it is one of those comfort things.
If you like to have a good long sleeve shirt on hand, here are a could great options.
When it comes to gloves, you want to ensure they are durable, flexible, comfortable, and will keep your hands warm.
Your fingers are another area of your body that can easily become frostbitten.
Gloves are going to save you from that.
Here is a pair of gloves that are going to do all of that. And are the top seller on Amazon.
When it comes to wearing pants for an extended period of time in the cold, there are a couple things to know.
First, don’t wear denim or cotton because they will not help you if it is wet or snowy.
They do not dry fast or keep the cold out.
Second, hard-shell pants are one of your best options for outdoor fun.
If you aren’t sure what hard-shell pants are, picture snow pants made for adults, except lightweight and thinner.
These are definitely worth purchasing and are going to work great for most outdoor activities.
Slip on Cleats for Cold Weather Accessories
I am not going to go into shoes you should wear in cold weather.
There are just too many options and it really depends on the activity as to what type of footwear you would need.
I will say, always make sure they will not only be comfortable, but keep your feet warm and dry.
And when in doubt, pair them with some nice wool socks like these.
With that being said, stabilizers are a neat addition to any shoe.
These help to give you extra grip.
For example, if you are out in the snow, it will help keep you stable and lessen the chances of slipping or falling.
This is the last of the cold weather accessories I am going to talk about.
Now, this is not an absolute must, but depending on what you are doing, they can be very helpful.
For example, if you would like to get a lot of walking in over the winter months and plan on using trails, these are going to be perfect to maintain your safety.
If you want to know more about how walking can benefit you, read Healthy Benefits for You From Walking Daily.
They are at the very least something to check out and consider.
Again, it will depend on what type of outdoor adventure you plan on taking, but they might be something you wished you had bought sooner.
Cold Weather Accessories
We covered a lot of different cold weather accessories, from head to toe, that would benefit anyone.
Whether you purchase any of the great options in this post or find other cold weather accessories, always make sure you pay attention to the material it is made from. Make sure it is comfortable and remember that wool and fleece will keep you warm and dry.
A hat is important to protect your ears and trap in heat.
Depending on what you are doing and the temperature, a scarf is a good idea. At the very least, keep one on hand. Your neck is a sensitive part of your body that should be protected.
Picking the right jacket is also important. When you are doing outdoor activities, you want to be able to move but also stay warm and dry. That is why I recommend the Weatherproof Men’s or Women’s 32 Degrees Mélange Rain Jacket.
In some activities, a vest and a sweatshirt might be just what you need. As always, make sure it will keep you dry and warm while allowing you to move comfortably.
If it is extra cold out, a long sleeve shirt is going to be a helpful cold weather accessory. You can get a thick shirt or a thinner one, all your personal preference.
Keep in mind that jeans or sweatpants are not going to be good in the snow or wet weather. Get a nice pair of hard-shell pants.
Finally, consider some slip-on cleats and trek poles if you are going to do a lot of walking or hiking.
No matter what cold weather adventure you do, these cold weather accessories are a must.