Justin and I are packing up the Subaru for Christmas and heading to the mountains of New Mexico! It will be our first time in New Mexico and I've heard so many great things. It's a bit of a haul from Phoenix (8.5 hours) so we are breaking up the trip by spending the first night in Albuquerque with a good friend we previously worked with in Alaska back when we were field biologists.
A long road trip calls for a few essentials that I've compiled below. Of course we are bringing much more than these items, like our skis (duh) but these highlighted items are things I felt worth mentioning because they add a nice touch of comfort to a long weekend in the snow.
1. Numi Roobois Chai Tea: I'm a total tea snob. When it's cold outside and the fire is burning I like to curl up with a good chai in hand. Also, we always pack our trusted Stanley Thermos whenever we Nordic ski and it will likely be brewing this tea.
2. Salomon Ivy Beanie: I usually have issues with headwear because my ears are hypersensitive to pressure (I'm weird) and I love the flexibility and comfort of this hat. The pom pom on top is also interchangeable if you want to tone down the foofy-ness.
3. Dermatome Lip Balm: I discovered this magical lip balm last winter when Justin and I were Nordic skiing in the Methow Valley - the country's capital for Nordic skiing. We were staying at a family's cabin who were lifelong Nordic skiers and I saw this lip balm on the bathroom counter. I knew that if they were using Dermatome then it was the real deal.
4. Craft Active Extreme Long Sleeve: Before you judge the price tag let me spill the specs of this amazing base layer. It is extremely light to the point I could wear it during an Arizona summer. Once you start moving it keeps you warm through Hexa channeled fibers - I don't know what that is, but I do know I don't get cold when I'm skiing in weather close to zero degrees if I have this on. I have also had my Craft long sleeve for almost two years now and it has never pilled.
5. Sorel Joan of Arctic Knit Boot: I learned the hard way that wearing crappy boots in cold weather is very unpleasant. Last winter Justin and I hiked into a cabin through the snow on New Year's Eve and my toes almost fell off because I was wearing Hunter rain boots with wool socks. It was a rookie move, but it forced me to bite the bullet and buy nice boots. I'm glad I got these boots last season because I'm not really a fan of the color choices this year. I'll be wearing this boot while snowshoeing or wandering through town après ski.
6. SmartWool PhD Mountaineer Sock: On the topic of rookie moves, Justin and I skied uphill at Humphrey's last weekend and my socks weren't high enough of for my boots so my shins got chaffed. These socks have thankfully solved that problem.
7. L.L. Bean Sheepskin Moccasins: It's not a proper Christmas morning unless you are huddled by the tree in pajamas and a warm pair of slippers. L.L. Bean is a classic brand with the best quality.
8. Zella Leggings: This brand is mainstream at this point, but if you haven't heard of Zella I'm enlightening you right now. These are the first pair of leggings I have owned that aren't see-through when I bend over. Doesn't everyone live in leggings while traveling? Might as well maximize comfort on the road.
9. All the Light We Cannot See: It is a luxury to be leisure reading at the moment after being buried in textbooks all semester. I'll be reading myself to sleep in the evening with this award winning book.
10. Christmas Tunes, The Big 80's: I mean, it's a long drive to Taos. The 80's are irresistible and this album is going to get us pumped up to be in the mountains.
11. Gin Gins: My go-to for a motion sickness curative and candy in one bite.
Hope everyone has a happy holiday and I'll be back to share our adventures in Taos!
I am an outdoor and travel junkie who is currently completing my doctorate in occupational therapy overseas in rural Fiji. On Sweet World Travels you will find stories of my life with my husband, the communities we serve, and the many adventures we take.