Packing for a Chicago’s Winter

Rezal Scharfe

Written by Dustin Ford

Despite what you plan on doing in Chicago, you’ll need to pack accordingly for the seasons. Chicago’s winters are historically varied. Temperatures can vary from 31.0 °F to 16.5 °F and that can drop to 0 °F at night. There are several factors that you might not expect when traveling to Chicago for Winter. We are here to outline some of them and explain how you can be prepared.


As with all winters, you should pack warm clothes. Chances are that there will be a lot of freezing winds zooming through the city, so bring something to cover your hands and face. Cold rain, snow, and slush are to be expected. As a result, you should bring waterproof boots and an umbrella or disposable poncho. You should also bring extra socks in case your feet get wet.


Besides an umbrella, you should also bring a bag or backpack to carry your items. There are a lot of things to do in Chicago and a lot of places you need to travel to, so you should bring your phone, a ride-sharing app, a charger, license, and spare cash to help you get around. Don’t forget a refillable water bottle to keep your hydrated; Chicago Winters can be dry.


Chicago Winter’s can dry your skin out fast, so you want to pack accordingly. Bring plenty of lotion, moisturizer, lip balm to keep your skin and lips from cracking like an egg. Bring as must conditioner as you can for your hair. Don’t let your follicles freeze! Lastly, bring some travel-sized hand sanitizer for the trip. You will be touching a lot of things that other people have touched.

There you have it, the basics of packing for Chicago Winter. The rest is up to you!

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