What to Bring For Your Trip to the Snow

Toronto is a city that gets a lot of snow- up to four feet every winter. Whether you’re there for a vacation or to scout out some Toronto real estate, you’re likely to encounter a little bit of snow. 

Be Ready to Dress in Layers

With temperatures averaging around 1 degree Celsius during the peak of the afternoon, Toronto is cold. It gets even colder when you’re out in the snow. To make sure you can deal with daily temperature fluctuations as well as a build-up of body heat during an active day, you’ll want to dress in layers.

To make the most of a layered outfit, you should always have solid, high-quality basics. With the right foundation layer, you’ll be surprised how comfortable you can stay in even the snowiest conditions.

The best base layer is comprised of a thermal top, wool or wool alternative socks, and fleece-lined leggings or thermal underwear. The quality of the material you choose will improve or decrease your comfort significantly. Where possible, opt for merino wool. This type of wool is softer on skin, more absorbent, and traps more heat than other types of wool. Cashmere or a merino/cashmere blend is another option.

Stay Dry to Stay Warm

Damp clothing is cooler than dry clothing. Droplets of moisture, from the environment or sweat, can make it harder for fibers to trap heat. Being out in the snow, and having some of that snow melt when it comes into contact with your body heat, can lead to a significant increase in chill.

Always remember to have an outer layer that helps prevent this kind of chill. Your outer layer should be composed of:


  • Windproof Winter Jacket
  • Warm Boots – Keep in mind that snow and ice go hand-in-hand and choose boots with good traction.
  • Snug Winter Hat – The winter cold isn’t the only thing you’ll have to deal with. The wind is a major factor in Toronto. Choose outer layers, like your hat, so that they fit snugly. 
  • Scarf


  • Gloves You Won’t Be Tempted to Remove – If you plan to use any touch devices during the day, choose gloves that are compatible with them, convertible gloves, or make sure to pack a stylus.

Protect Your Tech

The technology you bring is even more sensitive to the cold and snow than you might be. For example, cold environments drain batteries much faster than warm environments. Below are a few things you should bring so that your devices stay ready to use.


  • Keep the Damp Out with Desiccants – Small silica gel packets are a great thing to have on hand if you plan to bring a nice camera out into the snow with you. These packets can help reduce moisture accumulation inside the case of your device.
  • Bring Extra Power Packs or Batteries


  • Keep Your Devices and Batteries Warm – Keeping a small hand warmer in with your batteries can help prevent them from discharging at the same rate as the device they’re meant to power. Body heat can be used for this purpose, too, just make sure to keep your batteries dry.

Hot Beverages Can Bring Warmth and Energy

A lightweight thermos can do a lot to improve a trip out into the snow. Not only is hot tea or cocoa comforting during a long day outdoors, but it can also ensure that you stay hydrated. Hydration is just as important in cold weather as it is in hot weather.

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