This post is sponsored by Zappos, all opinions are my own.
As winter approaches here in the North East and temperatures have dropped, we have been trying to prepare our home. This includes cleaning out the gutters and changing air filters but also preparing our home to feel warm and cozy for those short winter days and long winter nights.
In our family, we like to practice something called Hygge. Hygge, pronounced “hoo-ga” is a Danish word and is defined as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.”
Basically, Hygge is snuggling on a big comfy couch with a warm blanket, a cup of cocoa, and a good book. It means lots of candles, lots of blankets, and lots of warmth. Hygge is part of the Danish national identity just as freedom is part of American identity. And it makes complete sense since Denmark is consistently ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world.
Many people make the mistake of thinking the Hygge means staying indoors all winter and eating sweets. I mean, that’s definitely part of it! But Hygge is also taking long walks while bundled up or hiking and exploring mountain tops with a cup of tea at the top. It means camping and roasting marshmallows by a campfire and snuggling in a sleeping bag with the ones you love.
Hygge is also possible to accomplish in the outdoors. We love being outside in the winter, but we also love being warm and comfortable. Here are a few tips to help you get your Hygge on outside:
1. Wear Warm and Comfortable Clothing
The best way that you can practice Hygge outdoors is to dress warm and comfortable. The Danes even have a word for this: Hyggebukser, which basically means the most comfortable pants you can wear! Finding a good brand that offers comfort, durability, warmth, and style is the essence of Hygge.
We love The North Face, a brand that is literally named for the coldest, most unforgiving side of the mountain, yet provides maximum comfort, style, and warmth for the outdoors. The brand’s motto is “Never Stop Exploring,” but exploring can be done in comfort, warmth, and style too!
A Warm Jacket
The new Thermoball Eco Snow Triclimate Jacket is the perfect answer to staying warm and cozy outdoors. The great thing about this jacket is that it has an inner and outer shell, so it’s great for varying temperatures and weather. I love the colors it comes in too…they even have my signature color, which can be hard to find. This jacket is so warm and cozy and it would be good for any outdoor activity.
Hyggebukser– Comfy Pants
I’m obsessed with The North Face Utility Hybrid Hiking Tights that fit like leggings but look like hiking pants. I could wear these as pajamas, which is exactly what Hyggebukser is all about!
A Warm Fuzzy Hat
Winter Hygge would not be complete without a warm fuzzy hat! The North Face has a huge selection. I’m a fan of the pom pom because it looks extra cozy.
Sturdy Yet Cozy Shoes
These shoes from The North Face are like waterproof slippers! They’ll keep your tootsies warm and dry while looking fab and feeling great!
2. Bring a Warm Drink
To bring Hygge outdoors, be sure to bring a container of hot tea or hot chocolate with you during a cold weather hike. Or if you’re camping you can heat up something over a fire.
3. Light a Fire
And speaking of fire, a big part of Hygge is fire. Fire is a symbol of warmth, light, and tranquility during the darkest days and nights of the winter. Candles are essential in a Hygge home. Did you know that Danes burn over 13 pounds of candle wax in one year? Bring fire outside by building a campfire. Up your game and toast some marshmallows!
It’s easy to bring Hygge to the outdoors with a few little changes and it will make spending your winter outdoors even more fun and enjoyable. Do you have any tips for how to have a Hygge lifestyle indoors and outdoors?
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