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Accessories to help you enjoy winter to the fullest

It’s impossible to love winter if you’re freezing to the bone each time you step outside. To enjoy this magnificent season fully, and not be bored ’cause of cabin fever, we often underestimate the importance of dressing warmly. Depending on the outdoor activity you plan to do, it’s essential to layer it up and add on accessories to keep you warm and dry. It’s quite simple, really. When outside, the main sources of heat loss are from the head, hands, feet, and neck. By covering them, we can prevent our bodies from becoming cold and the whole family can play outside without shivering! Skeptical? We’ve lined up some must-have accessories to spend a glorious winter outdoors without worry.

Mitts

Although gloves can be practical for handling small objects, your fingers will freeze more easily being separated from one another. To be perfectly comfortable in your mitts, look for water and humidity-resistant, light, windproof (yes, it’s a thing!) and breathable materials. Heated gloves and mitts also exist for those who must spend several hours outside without moving around much (waiting for the bus in a snowstorm, for example) and others that are convertible into either gloves or mittens. And, good news for the techies, most brands design their gloves or mitts to be compatible with touch screens. So, no need to remove your hand from your mitt to answer your phone.

Men’s mitts Women’s mitts Kids’ mitts

Scarves

Scarves, neckwarmers or balaclavas, the important thing is that the sensitive skin between your head and your heart remain warm. For sports, select thin, breathable fabrics, and thicker materials like wool for more calm outings. For children, the best choice is often some sort of balaclava (polyester), simply because it’s soft to the touch and does not scratch their more-sensitive skin. It’ll also stay in place throughout an entire snowball fight! In every case, make sure the material that will go around the neck is completely dry before wearing it, and don’t be shy to adjust it during activities, making sure that the cold doesn’t stand a chance.

Men’s scarves Women’s scarves Kids’ scarves & neckwarmers

Socks

As soon as we step out of the house in the winter, we should be in the habit of bringing along an extra pair of socks. When our feet freeze, it’s often because the socks that we are wearing were worn around the house beforehand, where heat from the feet caused humidity in the fabric. Although mild, this little bit of humidity can be enough to freeze your toes! To remedy the situation, change your socks as often as possible and pick up some socks in merino wool (or similar), which allows your feet to breathe – even in your boots!

Socks

Tuques

So, you’ve fallen in love with a synthetic pompom tuque that’s as soft as fox fur? Great! But, before stepping up to the cash, make sure that your hat fits your head well to avoid letting the heat escape. You want your hat to be stylish, AND warm! Fleece lining, foldable edges, or ear flaps are great options when the north winds are blowing. And, to avoid freezing pointlessly, remember to put your hat on before you get outside, and not once you’re already out there!

Men’s tuques Women’s tuques Kids’ tuques

Heating accessories

Always afraid of catching cold? Why not try out some heating accessories? Handwarmers or rechargeable heating insoles are great options when you will be spending extended periods of time outdoors. They can be used anywhere and slide in easily to keep you warm in a pinch.

Heating accessories