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The Secret to Staying Warm on Winter Travels

We’ve got some tips on how to stay toasty warm and avoid frostbite, whether you’re exploring a destination with freezing temperatures or just venturing out to the grocery store on your winter stay-cation.

During cold, dark, dreary winter days, we wish that we could just hibernate in bed. Failing that, we wish that it could be socially acceptable to just wear a sleeping bag around. Hint: It’s not (although we found a jacket that is pretty much the same thing).

The good news though, is that chilly destinations (like Europe) often offer rock bottom prices this time of year—plus look even more beautiful than normal thanks to the gorgeous glow of holiday lights. We’ve got some tips on how to stay toasty warm and avoid frostbite, whether you’re exploring a destination with freezing temperatures, hitting the ski slopes, or just venturing out to the grocery store on your winter stay-cation.

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By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo, Boston.com, TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed, Jetsetter, Oyster, Airfarewatchdog, and others.

The Handy Item I Always Pack: "Earplugs. A good pair has saved my sleep and sanity many times!"

Ultimate Bucket List Experience: Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro.

Travel Motto: "Don't be boring."

Aisle, Window, or Middle Seat: "Aisle (when the first class private suite isn't available)."

E-mail her at cmorse@smartertravel.com.