Winter holiday packing list – What is the best protection against the cold?

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Winter holiday packing list – What is the best winter clothing?

What is the best winter clothing for Canada in winter? We wanted to create a winter vacation packing list before we embarked on the trip. What do you use there as protection against the cold? What does perfect winter clothing look like? We asked ourselves these questions as soon as it became clear that we Winterlude Festival in Ottawa would visit. It's not that easy at all suitcase to pack properly for such Travel. Because we hardly know temperatures of -33 ° C here. Winterlude doesn't get in every year Ottawa so icy. When we were there, we were told that these degrees of cold were exceptional. This winter holiday packing list has proven itself for us.

What does perfect winter clothing look like? – Discover it in our winter holiday packing list

First of all, you have to be aware that on the one hand, you are doing a lot outdoors, and thus in the freezing cold. Unlike skiing or other outdoor winter activities, Winterlude offers you the opportunity to visit cafes, restaurants, Hotels or even to warm it up again in specially constructed warming tents. On the one hand, the winter cold in Ottawa can be endured well. On the other hand, however, this also means that you constantly go from the freezing cold outside to overheated rooms. That's why we've put together our winter holiday packing list so that you're protected from the extreme cold but also stay comfortably warm indoors. We've never spent so much time putting on and taking off our winter clothes on any trip. Therefore one thing is absolutely important:

Packing list for winter holidays – according to the onion principle



The best protection against the cold in winter: hand, body and foot warmers

At -33 ° C, this is usually only enough for a few minutes. But inventive, as the Canadians are, there's also a solution. Do you already know hand warmer that you put in the gloves? These keep you warm for up to eight hours. Although we were not eight hours straight at these lows outside on the way. But the time we spent outdoors in Canada during the winter kept our hands warm. There are, for example, the rechargeable hand warmers *that exist in all forms and with practical additional functions. Practical are these too  hand warmers *, These are simply put in the gloves and immediately have warm hands for several hours, no matter how cold it is outside. They have done us excellent service in the icy temperatures during the winter lapse in Ottawa.



Hand warmers like these keep your hands toasty warm even in extreme cold. We really appreciated these when we visited the Ottawa Winterlude.



Body warmers

With these body warmers you will be well protected against the cold through the cold winter months.



Heated vest for women

If you move outside a lot in winter, a heated vest will keep you warm.



Vest for women

Inside, a warm wool vest or a quilted vest protects against the cold.



Heated vest for men

There are also heated vests for men that protect outdoor fans from the cold.



Vest for men

These winter vests for men are suitable as protection against the cold indoors.



Foot Warmers

And of course there are also foot warmers for the feet and especially the toes. After all, there is nothing more unpleasant than ice-cold feet, when you're out and about in the freezing cold of winter. Simply put these pads under your feet in your shoes. After that, neither ice nor snow will bother you.



Heated insoles protect against the cold



Thermal socks belong in the winter holiday packing list

With these thermal socks, your feet will also stay pleasantly warm, even in the cold of winter.



Thermal underwear for extreme cold and winter pants are part of winter clothing

The more layers you wear on top of your winter clothing for Canada, the warmer you get. Outdoors! But also in the overheated rooms. We therefore considered it that we wool underwear carried. Also remember to protect your legs with long underpants * under warm winter pants *. If two layers are not enough, you can always add another one. This ensures that winter clothing protects you twice (or three times) against the cold on your legs outdoors. So the biting wind can't harm you so quickly. They also warm in cool offices and unheated hallways and corridors.

Thermal underwear for women in our winter holiday packing list

This heated thermal underwear for women is comfortable to wear. It consists of highly elastic fabric and is equipped with mink velvet on the inside. The heated areas on the back, waist and knees can be adjusted to three levels. The thermal underwear can be washed in the washing machine. A battery is not included. You need one for that Power bank (5V sA)*. This thermal underwear for women is also available in large sizes.



This thermal underwear for women is made of cotton and elastane and adapts to the body. The undershirt has long sleeves so that they are also protected in the cold. They are also available in large sizes.



Thermal underwear for men (also large sizes)

You have the choice: there are thermal underwear that electrically warms particularly sensitive parts of the body (back, stomach, waist and knees) for up to 8 hours. The heat can be regulated in three levels. This underwear can be used for more than just warmth in winter. It also has physiotherapeutic effects on vulnerable parts of the body. This thermal underwear for men is also available in large sizes. Alternatively, there are thermal underwear made from material that keeps you warm even in extreme cold and transfers the heat to the body. This keeps the cold away from you.



Knitted pants - ideal winter clothing for women

I always thought knit pants were boring. Certainly not elegant. I've radically changed that opinion. This winter I bought knitted pants for the first time - and I'm thrilled. She is toasty warm. I can wear leggings underneath if it gets icy outside. And best of all, it looks chic too. So if you are looking for warm clothing for indoors and outdoors this winter, knitted trousers are a good choice.



Warm winter pants for men protect against the cold in winter



Sweaters, jackets and winter coats - the perfect winter clothing

We wore it lightweight turtleneck sweater * or sweatshirts *, And then came one more thick, warm cardigan *, One is also possible warm softshell jacket *, I wore my normal over it Winter coat with winter lining *and Petar wore his Loden coat *, In our winter clothing we looked like Michelin men, but we were well equipped to deal with the cold outdoors. And that's why we didn't notice. Because this is the time of year for everyone in Canada.

Men's winter jackets



If we were still too cold on the way, we went to cafés, restaurants or hotel lobbies where we could warm ourselves up again. Since this was usually done very quickly with our thick onion look, we soon found ourselves too hot. If we used the breaks for a warm drink, we were able to quickly reduce our onion layers one by one until we felt comfortable indoors again. We have ours just as quickly winter jacket dressed again for extreme cold.

Winter jackets for women



How do you protect cold feet and hands from the cold? You can find out in the winter holiday packing list

Feet and hands are particularly sensitive when it is icy outside. At temperatures of -33 ° C you need warm ones gloves * and thick socks*, Hands and feet are particularly sensitive when the wind whistles over cold snow or ice. Therefore, you should definitely make sure warm shoes * take. I underestimated that on our trip to Ottawa. But there is a remedy that helps quickly.



Of course you also need in winter warm winter boots *. Here we always make sure that these are cut as wide as possible. So we can still wear a pair of warm socks underneath in extremely cold temperatures. It also helps if the boots are lined. Our selection for winter boots for wide feet you can find under this link.

Warm winter boots for women

When buying, you should pay attention to the sole width and width of the boots. Since you often wear socks in winter, it also makes sense to buy your boots half a size to a full size larger than usual.



Warm winter boots for men

You can find warm winter boots for men here:



Protect Head and Ears

Also important is good protection for the head and ears. When the cutting wind blows from the north, ears and head feel it first. The best way to help a thick and warm cap *that you can pull up over your ears. It is best if she has a border to fold. Then your ears are doubly protected. Or you also use it Earmuffs *, If your one warm winter jacket with big hood * you can also wear them over the warm winter hat. So you are perfectly protected against the extreme cold in winter in Canada.

Winter hats for men

You can buy winter hats for men here:



Our winter vacation packing list features gear for cold temperatures. The best protection against the cold is anything that covers the skin several times and keeps it warm. However, it should also be so practical that you can quickly take these things off and put them on. For this one warm scarf for the neck *, It should ideally be so large that you can pull it over your nose if necessary. Then you are perfectly equipped for winter in Canada (and elsewhere).

Winter hats for women



More winter clothing* here.

What is the best protection against the cold? – With this winter clothing from our winter holiday packing list

This Canadian winter break ensures you'll have a fun-packed experience whether you're visiting Winterlude in Ottawa or skiing in the Rocky Mountains. With the gear on our winter vacation packing list, you can really enjoy the events of the Canadian winter without fear of catching a cold. And not only there. They also help with cold temperatures in Europe and can even be worn in the office.


Petar filming on the Ottawa River - winter clothing and protection from the cold
Petar in Winter Clothes in Winter in Canada - Winter Vacation Packing List


How are Canada winter temperatures and what do you use as protection against the cold?

It's difficult to say in general terms. Canada is the largest country in the world and encompasses many climate zones. These are usually colder than here. There are no mountain ranges that run east to west in Canada. They do not keep out the temperatures and winds from the north. Therefore, the wind can contribute to perceived temperatures feeling colder than they actually are due to the wind chill factor. In addition, they often fluctuate greatly from year to year. For example, we had extreme cold during our stay in Ottawa at Winterlude. It doesn't have to be like this every year. It's best to check the temperatures before you leave and pack your winter clothing for your winter vacation using our packing list winter holidays in Canada. Winter clothing in Canada must suit different climates. This is the best protection against the cold.


Average temperatures in Celsius in winter in Canada (source:
Average temperatures in Celsius in winter in Canada (source:


You can find out which winter clothing is best for protection against the cold in this winter holiday packing list

But that was good. Because the conditions on the Rideau Canal were perfect for making the ice rink out of it. After all, that's what the Winterlude Festival is known for. As it turned out, however, it was a different kind of cold than what we know in Central Europe. Dry but icy. When the wind blows, the wind chill factor comes into play. This ensures that the icy cold is extremely noticeable. Therefore, it is important to know beforehand what is the best way to protect yourself from the cold in the Canadian winter. Which winter clothing is the best. This winter vacation packing list will also help with other activities included in Canada in winter possible are. These tips are just as interesting for skiers as for trips to regions with extreme cold. The Canadians Karla and Matt from Must do Canada show you in their video what a Canadian attracts in winter (in English).

Questions and answers on the winter holiday packing list

What do I need for the winter holiday? You can find out in this winter holiday packing list.

  • ID.
  • Driver's license.
  • Hotel documents / booking confirmation.
  • rental car documents.
  • Packing list for the winter holiday (so that you don't forget anything on the journey home)
  • Guide / Map.
  • Passport
  • Student ID cards

What should not be missing on a winter holiday? Our winter vacation packing list will show you.

For a skiing holiday you need ski pants, ski jacket, ski helmet, ski boots, ski goggles, Thermal underwear and warm socks are essential. A headband, hat, scarf and gloves should also not be missing in frosty temperatures. On a winter vacation, for example Winterlude in Ottawa we also recommend hand and foot warmers. People there are also happy if they can protect their face from the cold. Choosing the right hat helps.



Winter vacation packing list - winter clothing and protection from the cold
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Source Winter clothing as protection against the cold: own research on site for the article "What is guaranteed protection against the cold in winter in Canada?". Thank you to Tourism Ottawa, Ontario Tourism and the Canadian Tourism Commission for supporting this trip.

Text packing list for winter holidays: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
Winter vacation packing list photo: © Copyright by Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline

Winter holiday packing list – What is the best protection against the cold?

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Food and Slow Travel blog  TravelWorldOnline. They have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Their topics are trips to Savor, wine tourism worldwide and slow travel. During her studies Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she - partly together with Petar Fuchs - traveled to the USA and Canada and spent a research year in British Columbia. This intensified her thirst for knowledge, which she satisfied for 6 years as an adventure guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as a tour guide for Studiosus Reisen around the world. She was constantly expanding her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: "What's beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do they eat in this region?" As a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), she is now looking for answers to these questions as a travel writer and travel blogger in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is among Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021. Find more Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs here.

10 thoughts too "Winter holiday packing list – What is the best protection against the cold?"

  1. I swear on the Onellock, but unfortunately it does not help against cold feet. Especially if you are not constantly on the move. The tip with the Fußwärmern I think so great, did not know the yet, I'll give it a try.

    1. Dear Antje,

      Feet and hands are always the weak points when it's really cold. Since the foot and hand warmers are really great.

      Best regards,

  2. Being outside in winter is our job. We have a lot of experience with the Scandinavian winter, and sometimes it gets zapfig. From our experience, it is important that the upper and lower body ends are well warmed. So cap and headband on the head, you can also pull on each other well and then for warm feet, for example, through thick socks and thermal soles in the shoes (which should have thick soles). Otherwise, the onion principle is perfect and I (female) find a kidney warmer really great!

    Many greetings, Silke & Thomas from Outdoor-Hochgenuss

    1. Dear Silke, dear Thomas,

      I can well imagine that it will be cold in the Scandinavian winter. These are similar latitudes as in Canada. How are the temperatures there in winter?

      Best regards,

  3. Dear Monika,

    The onion principle in clothing actually always makes sense, even if it's not that cold. I always use that with myself and with my son when we're on the road. Especially when traveling, it is extremely convenient because you are always dressed properly in changing places with changing temperatures.

    Best regards,

    1. Dear Angela,

      It also has the advantage that you do not necessarily have to take the thickest sweater and the suitcase is not already filled with a garment.

      Best regards,

  4. Dear Monika,
    Thanks for the great tips, although I have already known most of course. What we have never tested before are the foot warmers. How is your experience? Do not you get extremely cold feet when the heat goes out?

    1. Dear Charnette,

      we loved the foot and hand warmers. Without them, we would have had half as much fun on this trip. But that's how they really kept our feet, toes and hands warm. And even after that there were no cold feet. I would recommend to anyone who has cold feet problems in winter.


  5. Since we live a little higher, extreme minus temperatures are not unknown to us. Unfortunately, the damp cold climate predominates here, which is much more disgusting than the dry cold.

    1. Dear Alex,

      you're right. The dry cold of Canada is quite good to endure, if you dress warm. We had great luck with the weather during our visit to Winterlude. Throughout our stay in Ottawa, the sun was shining from the deep blue sky. We gladly went exploring the Winter Wonderland in the Canadian capital.

      Best regards,

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