We’re off to Sochi in a couple of days to soak in the sights, sounds and pageantry of the Winter Olympics. While the Russian visa process was an Olympian challenge in itself and everyone has been telling us to keep our heads down, we’re looking forward to getting on the ground and watching the world’s best athletes ski, skate, sled and shoot for a few days.
Yet packing for a trip to Russia is no small feat. There’s weather, international travel, technology and a desire to stay light on our feet to consider. Gear needs to be tough, functional, lightweight and understated. Here’s a sampling of what we’re packing to use on a normal day in Sochi.