During the winter season in Australia, the weather can be cold, wet, and windy, leading some people to stay indoors. However, for those who enjoy colder weather, there are several great winter destinations to explore.

Enjoy skiing on the slopes followed by relaxing in mineral-rich hot springs. Or stay in cosy cabins with fireplaces and enjoy warming drinks.

Whether you’re heading to the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales or the Victorian Alps in Victoria or hitting the bustling city this season, you need to be prepared for the changes in the weather.

a view of a valley and mountains from the top of a hill

It’s important to make sure that your handbag is stocked with the essentials for your winter journey.

From essential items like hats and gloves, to convenience items like snacks and water bottles, you’ll want to make sure you have all the necessary supplies for a successful winter outing. And don’t forget to bring along some of the most stylish additions that will help keep you warm while out and about in cold climates. With so many options available, it can be hard to decide which items are essential and what is optional.

Here’s a quick guide to the must-have items for your winter handbag:

1. Hat or beanie:

A warm hat or beanie is a must for keeping your head and ears warm when out and about in chilly climates. A hat or beanie is an essential accessory for any winter wardrobe. Not only do they keep your head and ears warm, but they also add a stylish touch to your look. Beanies come in a range of materials, from classic wool to soft fleece, so you can find the perfect option to fit your style. Whether you prefer a slouchy beanie or a classic ribbed knit style, you’ll be ready for any cold-weather adventure. Opt for a style with a fleece interior for extra warmth or go classic with a traditional wool beanie.

2. Scarf:

A scarf is a versatile accessory that can be used to keep your neck warm and also as an extra layer of protection against the wind and cold. Choose from a variety of fabrics, colours, and patterns to find the one that’s right for you.

3. Lip balm:

You’ll be thankful that you remembered to pack this essential item when the temperatures drop. Keep the chapped lips at bay and choose a lip balm with SPF protection to help protect your lips from the harsh winter elements.

4. Snacks:

Keeping your energy levels up is necessary when you’re out in the cold. Pack some snacks such as granola bars, nuts, or fruit to keep your hunger at bay and avoid experiencing a mid-day slump. And don’t forget to bring along a thermos filled with hot tea or coffee so you can stay warm and energised while you explore the high mountains.

5. Quality Water bottle:

Winter weather can be extremely dehydrating and a water bottle is a surprising winter essential for keeping you hydrated throughout the day. Choose one with an insulated lid to help keep your drink at a comfortable temperature. The colder winter months can be very dehydrating so having your water bottle on you is important. We love the LifeStraw Stainless Steel range. It is not only insulated but also filters out impurities from the water, so you can fill up from any fresh water source such as a lake, river or drink tap.

LifeStraw stainless steel water bottles are the perfect companion for any winter excursion. These bottles offer a sleek and stylish look, while also providing unbeatable protection against harmful bacteria, parasites, and microplastics. The filter inside the bottle is capable of removing 99.99% of impurities from up to 1,000 litres of water, allowing you to safely fill up from any source. Plus, the double-walled insulation ensures that your water stays at an optimal temperature, no matter how low outside temperatures drop. And with an easy-to-carry handle on top, you can bring your LifeStraw bottle wherever your winter travels take you and stay hydrated along the way, allowing you to take in the beauty of winter travel safely.

6. Sunglasses:

Even on cloudy days, the sun’s rays can still be quite strong and damaging to your eyes. Make sure to pack a pair of sunglasses with UV protection to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.

7. Moisturiser:

Dry winter air is notoriously harsh on skin. There is nothing worse than dry skin, so make sure to pack a good moisturiser that will help keep your skin hydrated and healthy. When selecting a product, consider one that offers SPF protection to prevent damage from the sun’s harmful rays, keeping your skin soft and well hydrated all day during winter.

8. Hotteeze:

Hotteeze Heat Pads* deliver a consistent source of warmth and are well-suited for alleviating fatigued muscles. They can be utilised outdoors or in situations where you may be feeling chilly. Hotteeze for Feet are foot warming products that can fit in any shoe, for both men and women. These foot heaters are ideal for outdoor events such as footy matches, weddings, races, skiing, and fishing. Hotteeze Hand Warmers can be held in your hand or tucked into your gloves or pockets to keep your hands warm and fingers cosy. They’re air activated, so no need to microwave, discreet and odourless and easy to carry around, making them perfect for your cold commute to work or winter holiday.

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Now that you know what to bring along in your winter handbag, all that’s left to do is to hit the slopes and enjoy the season. Stay Warm!

*Always read the label and follow the directions for use. Do not stick directly on skin.

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