Growing up in a tropical country like the Philippines, there was no such thing as a winter. So as a child, one of my dreams was to be able to spend my holidays in different winter destinations. Fortunately enough, I have been able to spend the winter season in several different winter destinations such as Iceland, the Christmas markets in Europe, and most recently, Lapland.
As someone who has spend most of my life in the Bay Area, I still do kind of freak out when our weather gets funky and starts to get below the 60's. It's true...ask any Bay Area native! Lol.
Hence, the first time I traveled to the cold, I completely over-bulked my luggage!--rookie mistake!
One of the things I’ve learned (and probably the MOST IMPORTANT) in my travels to countries that border the arctic (i.e. Iceland and Finland), that the weather quickly! So LAYERS, LAYERS, LAYERS are your best friend!
When traveling to countries who are specifically known for being a winter destination, keep in mind that their indoor facilities are always kept warm: which is why layering comes in handy.
There is nothing worse than being bundled up and unable to remove your layers inside a warm restaurant... sweating, and then stepping out into the freezing cold. Talk about a sudden change of weather! lol. That'll get you sick in a heart beat!