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Top 12 Must Haves for Winter Travel in Upstate New York

Winter is the best time of the year to explore Upstate New York and we’ve got your packing list covered.


There are many things to take into consideration when packing for winter travel, but if you make sure you have these top ten items with you, you will be ready for anything.






The key to winter travel is knowing how to travel as light as possible. The Ultralight series is perfect for both beginner and experts alike as Justin Lichter and Shawn Forry, the first ever winter thru-hikers of the Pacific Crest Trail, use their knowledge to form the most comprehensive companion for traveling farther with less weight. Ultralight Winter Travel focuses on all of the skills and techniques that winter adventurists would want at their fingertips while in the outdoors. Perfect for winter travelers from beginner to advanced, this book contains:

  • Worst-case-scenario advice you’d want handy if stuck in a precarious situation.

  • Topics like: how to predict weather patterns, how to keep your pack light without sacrificing the essentials, how to repair or replace gear with limited materials, and how to deal with the elements when you don’t have a lot of gear

This book is formatted to make learning easy and user-friendly. Readers will be able to adapt their surroundings to the techniques shown in the book and safely overcome challenges that which may otherwise have turned them back.




These are coils that are spread out on the bottom of your shoe to help you get traction on slippery surfaces.




  • Durable traction cleats fit over shoes and boots to provide superior traction on snow and ice on all surfaces

  • Patented Diamond Beads are made from case-hardened steel alloy strung on steel aircraft cable; hundreds of biting edges grip in all directions

  • Natural rubber sling remains elastic and secure even in sub-zero temperatures; easy to put on and take off; comfortable for prolonged use

  • Beads swivel independently, preventing buildup of snow and ice making them ideal for transitioning between surfaces like gravel, dirt, and concrete

  • Available in S, M, L, XL, and 2XL to fit most shoes and boots, including insulated footwear

  • Yaktrax Walk Traction Cleats are designed with a tough rubber material that is curved to fit your shoe and to provide increased stability. These coils also have an adjustable strap for easy installation and removal. They can be used as a walking aid or as footwear for ice fishing, hiking, hunting, skiing, snowboarding and sledding.




Say good-bye to the common face mask which it only can be used by a single way. Why not have one can be used as a hat, scarf, mask, you can wear it as you like, to protect your neck, head, shoulder and give all-round protection?


There are five colors, dark gray, blue, military green, black and red, you can choose one of them which you favorite.

  • Designed with classic styling, windproof breathable excellent, hat solid modeling, in line with the structure of human head.

  • Multiple Purpose - This balaclava is versatile, can be used as a hat, snood, scarf and mask to use, you can wear it by so many ways as you like.

  • Great Performance - This mask is thick, which is warm, wind-proof, dust-proof, comfortable to wear under your helmet or on it's own.

  • Wide Applications - Suitable for outdoor use, such as hiking, camping, skiing, running, cycling, mountain climbing and so on, you need a best mask in cold winter.





  • Quick hand warmer & Power bank 2-in-1. It's not only a little hand warmer but is also an emergency backup battery and can give a full charge to devices such as smart phones via USB cable.

  • Safety is top-of-mind, this mini hand warmer have built-in intelligent protection system is provided with safeguard of power on, short circuit and over loading, etc.

  • Eco-friendly lithium ion battery.

  • Heats up within seconds. There are three different temperatures [104~113℉ (40~45℃)], [113~122℉ (45~50℃)], 122~131℉ (50~55℃)]

  • It is a nice size to hold and feels smooth in your hands. Handy carrying anywhere with any pocket or bag while fishing, hiking, camping, skiing, travel or play sports outdoors. Also a perfect reusable hand warmer solution in cold weather for a commuter or office worker. Keep an extra in your glove compartment just in case.





This survival kit is a cool gadget gift for anyone who like camping, hiking, hunting and mountain biking adventure trips. Perfect to keep in your SUV or pick up truck for when you never know what outdoor adventure you may find yourself on.







The easy focusing HD monocular perfect for Hiking, Hunting, Climbing, Bird Watching, Watching Wildlife and Scenery, Golf, Scope, Surveillance, concerts and traveling etc. It's the essential tool for taking full advantage of the scenery and wildlife that you otherwise may miss out on.

  • 【WIDE-ANGLE AND HD VIEW】High quality precision design featuring all glass high end optics, (FMC Superior BAK-4 Green Film Prism), The High Power monocular telescope provides 8X magnification with 42mm objective diameter wide lens, 360ft/1000yards of large field of view, let you have the best view in outdoor adventures

  • 【LIFE-WATERPROOF, FOG-PROOF, DUST-PROOF, SHOCK-PROOF】Its rubber finish has shock resistance, durable external protection makes it usable to withstand the tough weather conditions

  • Low-light-level night vision built-in design help you see things in low light

  • This compact monocular (5.7''x1.9''x1.5'') is convenient to use by single hand. Adjustable eye cups can be easily and rapidly twisted up and down for optimal viewing with or without glasses.






Ever get half way through a walk or hike and start to feel that gurgling in your stomach? Don't forget to pack one of these in your bag. Perfect for a hot soup at the summit!

  • KEEP IT HOT OR COLD: This Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle is made with superior insulation that keeps liquids (soup, coffee, tea) hot or cold drinks cool for up to 24 hours It’s also made with BPA-free materials, keeping its contents safe to consume.

  • TOUGH AND DURABLE: The rust-proof 18/8 stainless steel construction on this insulated thermos means it can work just as hard as you do without impacting its performance This is an ideal bottle to throw into your truck, work bag or travel with it.

  • MULTI-PURPOSE LID: The Stanley Thermos is designed with a leak-resistant lid, so you can put it in your backpack without worrying about any spills The wide mouth of the thermos helps with easy pouring into the lid that doubles as an eight-ounce cup.

  • FILL IT FOR THE DAY: Our vacuum bottle comes in multiple sizes – 1 1qt, 1 5qt, and 2qt so you can fill it up with water once and be set for however long you need it The collapsible handle makes it easy to transport with you.









When you're on the go, but don't want to carry something super heavy and bulky, this is the perfect cross-shoulder companion for your adventure. I mean, you're going to need something comfortable to keep all of your gadgets and snacks in.


Sling your gear on your back and get to work with the Mono Sling by Carhartt. Wear it on your back when you are on the go. And when you need access to the contents inside, just sling it around and grab what you need without ever taking it off. Couldn't be more convenient than that.


It's the perfect everyday crossbody pack to keep your essential gear close by, hands-free.







Capture the best parts of your hikes and outdoor adventures with your own mountable video camera!


It's super small and lightweight, but it's also mountable so that you can attach it to everything from a headband, to your bike or virtually anything else that you think would provide the coolest angles and perspective for your adventure video.


Then, simply upload, edit and post your new footage to share with friends on social! There's no better way to document and share your new memories.

Full HD 1920 x 1080p Recording at 60 fps, HD 1280 x 720p Recording at 120 fps

  • Capture up to 10MP Photos at 10 fps, Ultra Wide Angle Glass Lens

  • Built-In Wi-Fi & GoPro App Ready, Compatible with Optional Wi-Fi Remote

  • Provides Enhanced Low-Light Performance, HERO3+ Is 15% Smaller Than HERO3, Battery Lasts 30% Longer Than HERO3








When you're out in the cold weather, probably the most crucial thing to maintain comfort is keeping your feet warm and dry. So, why not keep a couple pairs of these warming, moisture-wicking socks in your bag when you're traveling the great outdoors.

  • Infrared heating elements placed up and down the toes area, which will stimulate blood circulation and make your feet feel warmer. Amazing for chronically cold feet.

  • Rechargeable battery that's good for up to 7 hours( in low heat). A time-saving USB dual charger can charge both two batteries at once.

  • Intelligent three heat settings allow you to adjust to a comfortable temperature with just a simple button press.

  • Breathable materials absorb moisture and spread it across the fabric to maintain dryness and breathability.








This Qi Wireless & Solar Power bank with built-in solar panel is not just a wireless power bank, but wireless charger as well! I personally keep one of these in my backpack at all times in case my phone get's too low when I'm in the middle of a hike and there aren't any outlets around to recharge.

  • Works as a backup solution while other sources of power is unavailable. Make sure the power bank is fully charged before your trips.

  • It can be fully recharged around 6 hours and is able to charge most smart phones 2-3 times on a single full battery.

  • Sturdy Durable and Compact Size:It is equipped with two USB, type C, dual flashlights and a compass kit. Light weight and compact size.

  • Dual Flashlight & Compass Kit:The solar phone charger is built with a dual bright flashlight, and comes with a portable compass kit, a handy tool for outdoor activities, like camping, cycling, fishing, traveling, hiking.







100% CARBON FIBER: Foxelli Trekking Poles (also known as Nordic walking poles or hiking sticks) are made from 100% carbon fiber material, which is known for its incredible lightness. Each pole weighs only 7.6 oz, allowing you to move quicker and faster while exerting less energy and is adjustable to different heights.


Carbon fiber is also shock-absorbent and significantly minimizes the impact on joints. Durable and sturdy, these walking sticks are designed to withstand even the most challenging hikes or backpacking trips.





Also check out our Essential Guide for Winter Hiking in the Adirondacks...


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