4 Tips For Warm Winter Hiking
The mercury has taken a dive, winter has officially arrived. If long walks and picturesque hikes are on your agenda, find out how to choose the best clothes and accessories to keep warm while walking in a wintry wonderland.
As the temperature starts to drop, it’s important to make sure that you and your family are properly dressed for cold weather hiking or walking. Choosing the right clothes and accessories can mean the difference between a pleasant outdoor experience and an uncomfortable one. Here are some tips on how to choose the best clothing and accessories for cold weather protection:
1. Layer Up
Layering is key when it comes to staying warm in cold weather conditions. Start with a base layer of lightweight fabric such as merino wool which will help keep moisture away from your skin while still allowing air circulation. Add additional layers of insulation like fleeces or down jackets, depending on how cold it is outside. Each layer should fit snugly but not too tight, so you have freedom of movement without feeling restricted by bulky clothing.
2. Cover Your Extremities
It’s important to protect your hands, feet, head, ears, nose and neck from extreme temperatures as these areas lose heat quickly due to their proximity to the environment around them. Invest in quality gloves, hats (with ear flaps), scarves or neck gaiters, and insulated boots and shoes.
3. Choose Waterproof Materials
When selecting outerwear pieces such as coats or trousers, look out for waterproof materials like Gore-Tex, which will provide extra protection against rain showers or snowfall that may occur unexpectedly during your excursion. This type of material also helps prevent any sweat build-up. Opt for breathable fabrics so body heat isn't trapped within multiple layers, which could lead to overheating.
4. Accessorise Wisely
Don't forget about adding small details such as beanies, balaclavas, face masks and sunglasses (for sunny days) into your wardrobe mix when venturing out into colder environments where sun glare off ice surfaces can be blinding at times. Also consider investing in good quality thermal underwear sets that come equipped with built-in heating elements powered by rechargeable batteries, so you stay warm all while enjoying nature's beauty!
These simple steps are sure to offer maximum comfort levels, no matter what Mother Nature throws at us this season.
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