How To Layer Clothes For Winter The Right Way (Stay Warm Longer!)
Bracing the winter weather conditions can be brutal, especially if you are underdressed. If you aren’t equipped with the right clothing for cold weather, you will be freezing, you may catch a cold, and be at a risk for hypothermia. That’s why it’s important to know how to layer clothes, so you can stay nice and toasty during even the most trying of weather conditions. Plus, you don’t need to be doing an extreme hike or roaming in the snowy mountains for you to have a good layering system. Today we are going to show you the basics of layering clothes, so you can stay warmer for longer and feel snug as a bug all winter season.
Bracing the winter weather conditions can be brutal, especially if you are underdressed
You don’t only need to layer when you are going skiing or hiking. Layering your clothes during winter is essential for many reasons. The first and foremost of course being that it will help you to stay warm and cozy while you’re out in the harsh weather conditions. Then you can easily peel those layers off when you enter a warm building. Layering is also great for multi-climate trips. It allows you to add or remove layers based on the weather conditions and how you feel. Not only that but it can also be quite the fashion statement. You can still look cool while layering.
You don’t only need to layer when you are going skiing or hiking
How To Layer Clothes
In general there are two main things you should remember when it comes to layering. The first one is that while your layers should be snug, they shouldn’t be too tight. There needs to be enough space, so air can circulate. Having that thin layer of air between your clothes and skin actually helps to insulate you better. The second thing you should keep in mind is that you shouldn’t be afraid to add or remove layers in order to maintain the right body temperature for you. Sometimes you may need an extra layer. However, here are some general layering guidelines to follow. They apply from the top layer all the way down to your socks.
In general there are two main things you should remember when it comes to layering
When it comes to the base layer, this is your first defense against the cold. Think of it like your second skin. This layer’s job is to wick away any sweat from your body. After all, the sweatier your body gets, the colder you will get. That’s why you need something that doesn’t smell, is breathable, lightweight, tight (but not suffocating), and well fitting. This can be both a long sleeve or a short sleeve. The same goes for the bottom base layer. When it comes to materials, it’s recommended going for wool or synthetic. You can also use silk for the top base layer.
When it comes to the base layer, this is your first defense against the cold
The middle layer is there to help trap the heat that comes from your body and retain it. In general, it’s the insulating layer. The clothing can come in all types of forms – vests, sweatshirts, sweaters, shirts and so on. However, what’s important here is the material. You need something that retains heat, but is still breathable. Go for materials such as fleece, wool, or synthetic down. However, keep in mind that down and fleece don’t preform as well if they get wet and will not keep you as warm as they potentially could. It’s also important to note that you should avoid cotton materials, as cotton traps moisture.
The middle layer is there to help trap the heat that comes from your body and retain it
The final layer. The outer shell that will protect you from the harsh weather elements such as rain, snow, and wind. However, it won’t be as effective at keeping you warm, if you skip the first two layers. But now that you’ve got all the needed layers underneath, you will need a great jacket to keep the harsh conditions from robbing you of all that heat. The outer layer needs to be something that is breathable, yet waterproof. It needs to be large enough that your other layers fit comfortably underneath. This goes for both the jacket and your outer layer pants.
The outer shell that will protect you from the harsh weather elements
While these are accessories, we consider them to be necessities. Your head, hands, face, and toes are just as important, and they need proper protection as well. Hats, gloves, scarves, eye protection, wool socks, and good boots are all a must and are the final piece in your layering.
Your head, hands, face, and toes are just as important and they too need protection
This was how to layer clothes for the cold weather. We hope you found this article useful. Now you can be nice, snug and constantly during these harsh winter months.
This was how to layer clothes for the cold weather
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