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Packing for Winter in Maine

How To Plan the Perfect Winter Trip to Maine

Perhaps you’ve enjoyed a legendary summer vacation in Maine or have been here for the glorious fall foliage. You’re ready to come back, and now it’s time to experience winter in Maine. Here’s what you need to know when planning for the ultimate winter experience.

Winter Weather

Cold, snowy winters mean staying warm by being active outdoors or enjoying a cozy retreat snuggled up by the fire. Mean temps in winter range from 25°F in the far south to less than 15°F in the north and interior parts of the state.

There’s no predicting the weather any time of year, but it’s safe to say that when it comes to winter weather in Maine, be ready for the unexpected.

What To Pack

In Alfred Wainwright’s book, A Coast to Coast Walk, he said, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” That about sums up being prepared for winter weather in Maine.

With fluctuating temperatures, dressing in layers is key to successful outdoor winter adventures. Down-filled coats, jackets or vests are recommended, along with hats that cover your ears, lined gloves or mittens, and insulated boots with good traction.

To make the most of your time outside, whether on the slopes, an iced covered lake or a snowmobile trail, be sure you plan for the cold and snow. If the sun shines brightly and temps creep up above freezing, those layers we recommended can easily be removed!

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