Wisconsin Winter Must-Haves to Stay Warm this Season!

Maybe it’s the DEEP CHILL that has hit the midwest this week, but it has been much better since I have these Winter Must-Haves!

I am not a fan of being cold at all! Nor Hot, but hot I can handle better than cold! Cold is brutal! But these items make me happier in the chillier weather!

Must Haves to stay warm this winter


I did a lot of research when it came to boots. I wanted a pair that would last a long time, were cute enough to wear outside outdoor activities, keep my feet warm and dry! These do the trick for sure! Danner Mountain 600 Hiking Boots are amazing! Justin and I have matching boots we love them so much!

I wore these in Iceland & my feet were dry even walking through streams. Also, wore them Tobogganing with family and my feet were warm and dry the whole time!

If you are worried about snow getting in your boots get a pair of gators! These are usable year round!

Mid Layer

A good mid-layer is key too! The North Face Mountain Quarter-Snap Sweatshirt has been my go-to!’ It’s not too heavy, not a puff, and looks great when you take your coat off!

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Smartwool Base Layers!

Under that quarter zip, you will want another base layer! Smartwool Merino 250 Base Layer & Smartwool Intraknit Merino 250 Base Layer are amazing! Smartwool in general is a great base layer!

Why are they so good? The interlock-knit merino wool enhances comfort, breathability, and odor-resistance. When you sweat it wicks the moisture away and keeps you from becoming super smelly! Good base layers should be on your winter must-haves list for sure!

BUDGET FRIENDLY base layers:

Leggins are great too! Wear your workout leggings underneath and you will be fine too! I do this sometimes too! For the top, you can use a work out shirt you may already have too! Something like this one!


You can either go for a great pair of snow pants or bibs, waterproof pants or some great fleece lined hiking pants!

These are our favorites or wants:

Wool Socks are a major winter must-have!

When it comes to keeping your feet warm and dry, good socks are key! I love thick wool socks for this! I like socks that are tall enough, not too tight to go over my leggings and wool! Wool helps both keep you warm and your feet drier!

Faves are:


A good winter jacket can make or break your winter experience! Espeically if you want to get outside more! Make sure a good winter jacket is on your winter must-haves list!

Justin and I do this a bit different, he has a wool Marmot (linked a similar one) layered with a The North Face Venture 2 Jacket. He likes this as the rain jacket can be worn alone when needed.

I have two different options that I do. When I am just going around town, or quick stops I wear a Patagonia Down Puff (similar to this one). When I am out sledding, hiking, or out for a longer period of time I wear REI Co-op Farlands Down Parka. This parka is so warm I love it! I really want Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka, but the price got for now!

Now get you there and enjoy this winter!!