Winter Clothing

Essentials to staying warm in the winter

Dressing for winter in certain parts of the United States can be tough and overwhelming. Layering is the best way to stay warm and cozy. The base layer is very crucial to staying warm. It gets away moisture/sweat from your body. This material pulls the moisture away from your body and transfers it to the next layer of clothing. Materials are important depending on the place and activity. Among the most popular and effective materials include synthetics, merino wool, silk, and cotton.

The mid layers are the everyday items that you’d normally wear. It can be a t-shirt, button-up shirt, light sweater, etc. This provides a little extra warmth and can be worn alone if the weather is warm enough. This is also a great layer that can easily taken off. The real warmth comes from the insulation layer.  Depending on the temperature and location, you can wear multiple insulating layers. In fact, multiple thin layers are better than one thick layer due to flexibility. If you get too hot, insulating layers are easy to remove and easy to add. We recommend multiple insulating layers rather than one bulky insulating layer.

The outer layer keeps away the nature elements: wind, rain, snow, etc. The shell layer is usually in the form of a jacket and it is often considered the most important layer. It must block wind and ideally, waterproof.

Heavy winter coats are bulky and often a pain to pack, but you’ll need one if you’re traveling to a location that gets closing to freezing temperatures. Heavy winter clothing is perfect for hiking and camping. Heavy winter coats are popular on the east coast and cities like New York.

Socks are someone people tend to ignore but are often one of the most important pieces of clothing to consider. Look for socks that are made of wool or special synthetic material. Always carry extra socks even if you think you’ve packed enough or have enough in your drawer. The reason being is that if your socks get wet due to rain or snow, your body will hate you. The key to staying warm is keeping your feet warm. You want your feet to remain swat free so look for socks that draw moisture away from your feet. Dry feet prevent formation of blisters and odor. Quick-drying socks are easy to maintain clean and wash as they dry quickly in case of emergency.  Cotton socks don’t provide much warm but they are affordable and clean.

And last but not least, waterproof shoes. Boots are bulky and heavy but sometimes you don’t have the luxury to avoid them. Do your research and consider factors like walking time, events, and price. Not all waterproof shoes are going to be stylish so keep that in mind.

Other items to consider for winter clothing: hats, gloves, and scarfs. Most often referred to as winter clothing accessories.