Winter has so much to offer when it comes to activities. From skiing and snowboarding in the mountains, to ice skating and cross-country skiing, as well as ice fishing or going for a walk in the snow. The only minus is that you have to deal with the cold. But as the Swedish/Norwegian saying goes: There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing! Here’s how to dress right for your winter adventure.
The first tip anyone will give you when it comes to dressing for cold conditions is to layer. You want to stay warm, but not get sweaty, since that will make you wet and in the long run even colder. Opt for 3-4 layers of clothing depending on the cold.
The first layer should consist of thin fabric in e.g. polyester or wool (stay away from cotton, it doesn’t handle moisture well), and could be a pair of long johns and a long sleeved shirt. The clothes should be snug enough to keep in warmth but never tight, as it might cause poor blood circulation.
The middle layer could be a fleece jacket or for colder weather a down insulated jacket. The last layer should be windproof and act as a shell. In between these two layers you could still add a separate winter jacket.
As mentioned earlier, don’t use cotton as it is bad at getting rid of the moisture. Opt for wool, silk or polyester for the layers closest to you. For the outer layer, it’s important to choose something that will protect you from water and wind.
Hands, feet, and head
It is just as important to keep your hands, feet and head warm. Here you will have to estimate how cold it’s going to get or bring several options.
Choose a warm beanie for your head and make sure it covers your ears. The hoodie on your windproof jacket will act as a shield. If you are expecting very cold weather you might want a hat with flaps that go over your ears, with insulation inside and a waterproof surface. You might even want to consider bringing a balaclava to protect your face.
Your hands will be happiest in a pair of waterproof mittens with insulation. Your fingers will be better off if they share space than if they are separate. If you think gloves are more convenient, you will have to asses if your fingers can handle the cold. If they can’t, you might as well go with the mittens from the beginning
Your shoes should be waterproof, be loose enough to fit a pair of knitted wool socks if necessary, and snug enough to not let snow in. If you plan on standing still for a long time it’s good if the heel of your shoe is thick. If you are ice fishing or doing something else where you will stand still you might want to bring something to stand on that keeps the cold away.
Level of activity
To know how to dress you need to know what activities you are doing. Standing still for a long time while ice fishing will require more clothes than downhill skiing. When cross-country skiing you will probably get more sweaty than when going for a walk, so you need to think more about shedding layers.
The most important rule is to never get too cold or too hot. If you are unsure of the level of activity, ask or do your research online. Better be safe than sorry!
Do you have any great tips on how to keep the cold at bay?