While signs of winter have been present for many of us, the new season will officially arrive on December 21st with the passing of hibernal solstice. Instead of resisting the season's characteristics, lean into its stillness and dial up the warm and cozy moments in your day-to-day. Read on for some of our favorite winter tips and remember: while the days are short and darkness descends early, each passing day offers us a bit more sunlight.
Enjoy Some Fresh Air
As an outdoor brand, we’d be remiss if we didn’t encourage outdoor recreation in every season. While getting outdoors in the colder months might require some additional layers – the benefits of fresh air are significant. Bundle up for a neighborhood walk, head out on the trail for a snowshoe excursion or enjoy some Takibi Time in your backyard.
Mix Up Textures and Colors
Consider the items in your space, whether indoors or outside. While lightweight and breezy fabrics offer comfort on hot summer afternoons, the opposite is true as the season shifts. Swap breathable tees for Natural Warm Stretch or Flexible Insulated Pant for added warmth and a sense of coziness. Similarly, consider a warmer, deeper color palette that’s reminiscent of the season, with hues such as forest greens, calming neutrals and charcoal grays.
Mirror this approach in your home. Add thick, warm blankets to your lounge area or bedroom to create an inviting space. Prioritize items that bring you a sense of calm. Softness and comfort are paramount.
Set a Cozy Mood with Lighting
In the Danish practice of Hygge, embracing the early evenings of winter is key to combating seasonal blues. A key part of the practice is the use of soft, romantic lighting to create a welcoming and calm space in your home. We recommend our Mini Flame, Home & Camp Lantern and Mini Hozuki for a soft glow that creates a soothing mood.
Warm Up with A Hot Drink or Soup
Whether it’s a strong coffee or fragrant tea, a warm mug offers a unique kind of comfort. We recommend a Takibi Toddy for a little extra whisky warmth. Incorporating a hot beverage into your autumn and winter routine may have relational benefits as well! Studies have shown that enjoying a hot drink is linked to warm emotions and increases feelings of trust and camaraderie with those around you.
Shift Your Seasonal Mindset
It's easy to slip into the winter doldrums of commenting on another rainy day or surprisingly early sunset. Instead, reorient yourself to the unique beauty that comes with winter and the opportunities it provides for slow moments. We are part of nature, and should follow its lead and change with the seasons just as trees, plans and wildlife do.
We hope these tips offer some inspiration for the shifting seasons. Shop our assortments of outdoor gear and apparel to inspire your winter camping trips and excursions.