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Trending Winter Travel Must-Haves – The Essentials You Need for Your Cozy Getaway

As winter has full settled into the NC mountains, now is the time to embark on a cold-weather journey of wonder. Chase those snow falls, ski trips and epic frosty hikes. Whether you’re planning a full on snow adventure or just a cozy mountain retreat, packing the right essentials will elevate your winter getaway. Explore this year’s trending winter travel must-haves, each carefully selected to enhance the experience and add comfort to every step of the journey. Plus, discover best practices for efficient packing to ensure your escape is stress-free.

Winter Travel Must-Haves

5 Winter Travel Must-Haves:

Prepare for your winter wanderlust with the latest in travel essentials. From versatile layers to tech-savvy gear, these items will not only keep you cozy but also add a touch of luxury to your frosty escapades.

  1. Amazon Link – Heated Scarf Combat the chill with a heated scarf that wraps you in warmth wherever you go from the car to the ski lodge. This portable wonder offers adjustable heat settings, ensuring you stay toasty during outdoor adventures. Perfect thing to have on while sipping craft beers at a local microbrewery or enjoying an evening by the firepit.
  2. Amazon Link – Insulated Travel Mug Sip on hot beverages throughout your journey with an insulated travel mug. Keep your spiced apple cider warm or your coffee hot, it’s the ultimate winter travel must-have. Make this mug your on-the-go go-to – say that five times in a row…Pack this mug in your car – you’ll end up using it every morning of your winter travels.
  3. Amazon Link – Portable Hand Warmers Say goodbye to cold hands with portable hand warmers that fit snugly into your pockets or gloves. These are rechargeable and offer hours of warmth. They’re ideal for chilly snow walks or hikes, winter shopping on King Street in downtown Boone, or simply enjoying the farmhouse porch.
  4. Amazon Link – Heated Socks Pull on a pair of snuggly heated socks – that’s right they make innovative warming socks now! Every step you take will be wrapped in 360 degrees of toasty! These are perfect if you plan to be playing in the snow for an extended period of time.
  5. Amazon Link – Windproof Hoodie Mask The windproof fleece mask is multifunctional and can cover your head, neck, and face. It’s cozy lining provides the ultimate protection from wind chills and cold weather. The hoodie style transforms any jacket or sweater into full winter-season gear.

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Packing Tips for Winter Getaways:

Efficient packing is key to a stress-free winter getaway. Here are some best practices to make the most of your luggage space and ensure you’re well-prepared for your snowy retreat.


Face it, winter gear and winter accessories are bulky and hard to pack. Follow these packing tips to maximize your limited space and make room for what you will want and need on your winter travel getaway.

  • Layering Strategy: Opt for versatile winter layers that can be mixed and matched for various occasions. Place under garments, beanies, and shells inside of sweaters and then layer those filled sweaters inside your jacket and fold the layered garments into your suitcase to reduce your packing footprint. This strategy also reduces wrinkles!
  • Compression Packing Cubes: Try out compression packing cubes, keeping your winter essentials organized and compact is easy with separate cubes.
  • Winter Roll-up Method: Roll items like sweaters, coats, socks, and scarves into tight rolls to maximize suitcase space. Slip rolled items into boots and coat pockets to use every inch of packing space as well.

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Book your snowy stay: Embrace the magic of winter travel with these trending essentials, carefully curated for your cozy comfort. Pack wisely, stay warm, and make the most of your snowy retreat.

A Must-Make Apple Cider Recipe – it’s a Winter Travel Must-Have that will keep you WARM!

Spicy Apple Cider Recipe:

Forget Spiced…go Spicy! We all know the traditional “Spiced” apple cider is good – but this twist on a classic brings the fiery warmth you really need on a winter vacay!

Winter Travel Must-Haves

What you’ll Need:

  • 1 gallon of apple cider
  • 1 orange, sliced into wheels
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 fresh jalapeno peppers sliced lengthwise, discard seeds/stem to reduce spice if desired
  • 2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (optional, for sweetness)
  • Spike the cider with 1 and 1/2 cups of whiskey (optional, for an alcoholic beverage)


  1. In a large pot, combine the apple cider, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, pepper, and allspice.
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat.
  3. Reduce heat and let it simmer for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  4. Strain the cider to remove the cinnamon sticks, pepper slices, and orange slices.
  5. If desired, stir in brown sugar for added sweetness. If desired, stir in whiskey.
  6. Serve hot and feel the fiery warmth. Fill a thermos and keep the concoction hot for hours.

Boone, NC and Trade, TN are snowy canvases this time of year, make your getaway easy and comfy with the right essentials. From heated scarves to portable hand warmers, these items are designed to enhance your winter wanderlust. They keep you outside in the elements with ease. Pack smart and maximize your space, stay cozy, and let your winter travel unfold.

Check out our White Fence Farm Gallery to see pics of past vacation stays, property amenities, past events, and farm memories.

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White Fence Farm also offers property tours of the farmhouse, Trade TN property, and the barn – for those upcoming weddings, engagement parties, showers, birthday bashes, musical festivities, and anniversary celebrations – and more! The White Fence Farm outdoor event space is ideal for retreats and gatherings of all sizes from a few to 100 or more! The winter months are a nice time to visit and tour the space while you plan your summer or fall gathering! Schedule your tour, stay in one of the downtown Boone, NC vacation rentals while you visit:

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Winter Travel Must-Haves