Winter Travel Essentials

You’ve got your tickets booked and your bag packed for that winter trip, or perhaps you’re braving the elements closer to home in the freezing temps we’re currently experiencing. If so, it’s the little things that make all the difference, as you’ll see in our accessories guide for the wise winter wanderer.

First off don’t forget your head – that’s where the heat escapes from after all. Try the stylish Dhu Cashmere Bobble Hat which is at home on the streets of Stockholm as it is on the slopes of Whistler. Produced in double layer jersey knit cashmere for extra warmth and comfort, it’s topped off with a generous cashmere pom pom bobble. The hat is designed with an ‘oversize’ dome construction, with enough size to offer the alternatives of the hat either sitting low to cover the ears and nape of the neck in cold conditions, or to be worn in a looser slouch style teamed up with ski goggles.

Buy here at www.dhu-online.com

For whole head protection there’s the wonderfully soft Helly Hansen Warm Balaclava made from Merino wool which provides superior warmth with low bulk. Flatlock stitching ensures a smooth line that can slip easily under a hood for added protection.

Buy here at www.hellyhansen.com

Hand protection is essential in the winter struggle to avoid frigid digits. Helly Hansen do a  great range of affordable gloves from the light Polartec Glove for everyday use, to the gadgeteer’s Helly Hansen On Tip Softshell below which allows you to operate your touch screen phone through the specially designed fingertips. Our tests show this is one touch screen glove which actually works well, unlike some of the competitors. It’s a sturdy glove too with reinforcement and rubber grip in the palm.

Buy here at www.hellyhansen.com

Even with a hat and balaclava some of you face will still be exposed to the elements. Yes, we’re talking winter skin protection. Whether trekking or skiing at high altitudes the sun can have formidable power and no-one appreciates the Panda eyes look. Don’t want to have to carry both lip balm and UV protection for the face? Try the handy Garnier Ambre Solaire UV Ski Combi-stick, specially formulated to filter UVA & UVB rays at high altitudes and shield skin from the drying effects of the cold & wind.

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Toss all of the above into a handy daybag or backpack. The Timbuk2 Messenger Bag is truly a classic, and is fully customisable in your choice of colours and fabrics direct from the Timbuk2 website. This bag is built to last with rugged ballistic nylon, heavy-duty stitching and a waterproof polyurethane lining. Complete with three zipper organiser, laptop enclosure, and side-entry pocket, this bag has a lifetime guarantee. Perfect for winter weather everywhere.

Buy here at www.timbuk2.com 

For a bag that’s as comfortable on the trail as well as on the streets try the Osprey Quasar backpack. The slim pared-down design of the bag includes features like a mesh EVA foam harness, a truly comfortable padded backpanel, two side zippered pockets and a front bungee compression system. A padded laptop sleeve and document sleeve provide convenient organization. Good in-town, in-transit, and at elevation, Osprey’s Quasar is one of those packs that handles it all.

Buy here at www.ospreypacks.com

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