What worried me most about when we were planning our winter getaway to Quebec, Canada besides the ski lifts, was the cold. I’m not a fan of the cold and can easily sleep under four to five layers of blankets and all in winter. Belgian winter. I thought I would freeze in Quebec, where temperatures easily drop to -30°C in winter.
I could have spent a lot of money buying special outdoor clothes, skiing gear and thermal underwear, but I didn’t. The reason for that was that I had never gone on a real snow trip and had no idea if I would ever want to repeat it. Spending all of that money didn’t seem smart at the time and I’m still glad with the decision I made.
That being said, I did take special clothes with me. I just borrowed most of them. Ski pants from my neighbor, fleece longsleeves from a friend and a whole bunch of clothes from Siemen’s mom. I didn’t want to buy a heap of things I might never use again, but I didn’t want to freeze my buttocks off either.
The only things I got specifically for this trip were Icebreaker ski socks, an Icebreaker long-sleeve base layer, an Icebreaker legging and Icebreaker glove liners. Part of those items I bought myself and part of them was a birthday gift from Siemen. My birthday was a month before our Canada trip, so that worked out well!
I didn’t use the glove liners a lot as I felt my hands were warmer wearing only the normal gloves I’d taken with me, but I barely took off the legging and the base layer. They were heaven. They kept me super warm and they really do take the sweat off of your skin when you’re being active so that you won’t cool down because of it afterwards.
I remember sweating SO hard during my snowboarding lesson at Stoneham (I was wearing way too many clothes), but when I got to our apartment to take a shower afterwards, I noticed how the Icebreaker base layer still smelled fresh while the fleece I was wearing over it, well, didn’t. Super cool technology.
The ski socks were great as well. I washed those out during the trip so I could wear them several times.
Packed for Quebec
So, what did I end up taking for our 10-day trip to Quebec? Here’s a as-good-as complete list:
- zomig (for migraine attacks)
- immodium (against diarrhea)
- montelukast (against allergies)
- cetirizine (against allergies)
- motilium (against nausea)
- aleve (painkiller)
- symbicort (inhaler)
- birth control pil
- special bandages against blisters
Clothes and accessories
- 4 light fleece sweaters
- 3 turlenecks
- 1 regular legging (that I didn’t wear until the flight back home)
- 1 Icebreaker Lightweight 200 g legging (that I wore almost every day)
- 1 Icebreaker lightweight Oasis Henley 200 g base layer + 4 other base layers
- ski gloves
- regular gloves
- Icebreaker 260g midweight glove liners (that I didn’t wear)
- 3 pairs of ski socks, including one pair of Icebreaker ski socks (the other pairs were borrowed)
- 5 pairs of hiking socks
- 2 pairs of regular thick socks (that I didn’t wear)
- 5 pairs of regular socks (that I didn’t wear until the flight back home)
- 2 pyjamas
- basic underwear and bras
- 1 bikini (to use in the hot tubs at Château Mont-Sainte-Anne)
- ski glasses (to hide my face when skiing for the first time)
- ski pants
- 1 jeans (that I wore over my Icebreaker leggings each day in Quebec City)
- 1 ski jacket
- 1 regular winter hat
- 1 super thick winter hat
- 2 hats you’d think robbers wear (didn’t use those)
- 1 fleece buff
- 3 regular long tops (only wore one of those on our flight days)
- snow boots (wore those all the time and even slipped them into snowshoes
- hiking shoes (that I didn’t wear)
- 3 packs of paper tissues
- my Pacsafe Citysafe travel handbag
- a notebook, two pens and a pencil
- a flight pillow
- laptop + charger
- camera + charger
- smartphone + charger
- USB-cables to connect all the electronics to each other
- 2 universal chargers
- small shower gels and small shampoos that I took with me from a hotel on another trip (yes, I’m that kind of person)
- facial creme
- after sun
- sun screen
- lip balm
- hair brush
- basic make-up and make-up remover
- toothpaste + tooth brush
- and probably some other basic bathroom items
That’s about it! Nothing spectacular on here, but now you have an idea of how I survived 10 very cold days in Quebec in winter.
Where to stay in Quebec, Canada
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