Are you one of the thousands of lucky people that take a relaxing yet adventurous trip to Maine every year? Perhaps you are coming for the wonderful scenery, hiking, biking and the expansive wilderness. Perhaps you are visiting the seaside for our delicious lobster or to set sail on a wonderful sunset cruise. In any case, if you are traveling during the winter, you’ll want to have the right winter gear in order to stay nice and toasty during your trip.
If you’ve seen a map of the US, you’ll notice that Maine is right at the tippy top, right on the border with Canada/Nova Scotia. Our Winter’s can get just as cold as anywhere in the US, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a wonderful time. Winter is actually one of our more popular tourists seasons because of all the attractions that come with the snow and winter weather.
That being said, you can’t show up in flip flops and beach shorts either, or your not going to have a good time. It’s not hard to prep for your trip, but you do have to keep a few things in mind:
Rule #1 of any cold weather clothing guide is to make sure you have layers. This starts with the base layer which should be thermal underwear, undershirts and thermal/waterproof socks.
This base layer will make all additional layers much more effective.
The second rule is to have a sturdy and reliable (and of course warm) winter coat. This helps protect the core of your body, which is important to maintain a a proper body temperature and avoid hypothermia. The appendages (feet and hands) are of course important also, but the first step is to make sure you get your core taken care of.
TIP: You can find a good guide for womens winter coats here: The 10 Best Womens Winter Coats | CG Newman
A great coat will also help protect the face and ears (as long as it comes with a hood, which many do). Consider going for a coat that is meant for extreme cold, the brands such as The North Face (originally engineered for mountain expeditions in extreme temperature) are a good option.
The next step, as mentioned above is to cover the hands and feet well. These are particularly susceptible to frostbite, as when the body temperature of a person gets lowered, the body’s priority is to protect the core, leaving the arms and legs to fend for themselves. Having protections for these parts of the body is therefore crucial (as well as a perfect way to stay nice of cozy out in the snow).
Boots and gloves should be water proof or water resistant. They will likely be in constant contact with snow and water (and getting wet is an absolute nightmare in the extreme cold), so this is a crucial element.
There you have it, the few steps you need to take to make sure that you have a nice and toasty trip to Maine in the winter. We look forward to seeing you!