Wearing layers allows you to stay warm in cold conditions by trapping air between each item of clothing, which in turn provides thermal insulation. We take a look at the three types of layers below.
A base layer provides regulation of your body temperature and has the added bonus of wicking moisture away from the skin. Base layers are a versatile piece of clothing and can even be worn on its own during exercise in warm temperatures.
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The role of a mid-layer is to trap the warmth your body generates. A mid layer could be a fleece, soft shell or down jacket and can vary based on the temperature outside.
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The shell is designed to protect you from the elements so either a waterproof or wind proof jacket with a hood are perfect for this.
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The key to effective layering is good preparation. For example, on a reasonably cold day that is not windy you could wear just a base and mid-layer. Should it start raining later on in the day, being equipped with your waterproof coat will keep you dry.
A pair of light weight loose fitting synthetic walking trousers are ideal when out in the cold. Avoid wearing jeans, they take a long time to dry if they get wet and the tougher material can restrict movement.
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Hat and Gloves
A hat is useful to keep your head warm and If you have bad circulation gloves are also recommended. The rain could cause your hat and gloves to get wet, so it is handy to always pack a spare set.
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A practical pair of walking boots is essential if you’re planning to walk a reasonable distance. There is nothing worse than getting wet feet at the start of a walk and being uncomfortable all day.
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A pair of socks with insulation as well as the ability to wick away moisture, will help avoid blisters and will keep your feet comfy. Remember to steer clear of cotton socks on longer hikes, they will absorb moisture from your feet which can cause discomfort.
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You can still get dehydrated in cold conditions and it can happen faster than you think. Remember to take water with you, with half a litre per mile travelled the recommended amount to drink. If it is especially cold, you could even take a flask with your favourite hot drink to enjoy as well.
Sit on Your Bag
It is not comfortable to sit on the cold ground if it is frozen or wet. Sitting on your bag is a simple way to rest and remain dry.
Take a Torch
In winter it gets dark earlier and if its cloudy or overcast, visibility can reduce even sooner. Packing a torch will help ensure you don’t get lost in dimmer lighting.
That concludes our list. If you have any tips that keep you snug outdoors, be sure to add them in the comments below!