My youngest looks at me like I’ve lost my mind. “Go hiking!? It’s too cold out.” But add a few layers and a good pair of boots and we are ready to go. Shortly into the hike she has forgotten about it being cold. Start with a layer of wicking fabric. Then add a layer of fleece and a good coat. Layers are important. You want o be able to peel a few off if you get too warm. The last thing you want is to be sweaty.
Not to be dramatic but it is true and a lot of folks don’t take it seriously enough.
A good hat, gloves, and a scarf are always a benefit. I have a pair of Isotoner gloves that are Thinsulate lined and have this fake fur thing going on. I love them because the fake fur keeps out the cold air. The kids have fleece mittens with fingers and a pocket you can cover your fingers with and a pair of those cheap cotton gloves. The combination is a warm and cozy pair of gloves.
We wear Smartwool socks. Love Smartwool. Doesn’t itch, feels great. Boots – get a pair with Thinsulate and Gortex is you want your feet to be warm and dry.