Winter is just around the corner and it already feels like it in many parts of the world. If you’ve never been in snow, why not take a trip somewhere and experience everything this exciting season has to offer! Frost covered mountain tops provide the perfect backdrop to snowy slopes where skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowboarding, and other fun activities take place. But while you may be jetting off to an exotic winter locale, remember that what you pack is just as important as where you go. Wearing the appropriate cold weather clothing is essential in keeping warm in the snow and avoiding various illnesses. Follow these steps and you’ll be sure to enjoy your winter activities:
- Layer your clothing – The best way to dress for frolicking in the snow is in layers. Start with a base layer made of synthetic materials created to wick away the body’s moisture. A long sleeved shirt made of a high performance, microgrid knit will do. Next, don an insulating layer. Another long sleeved shirt made of fleece will keep your body heat trapped inside while still allowing air flow. On top of that, wear a protective layer to keep the elements out. Klim jackets that prevent wind, water, and sun from reaching skin are a perfect choice.
- Protect your extremities – Lower your risk of frostbite by keeping your head, hands, and feet nice and toasty. If you are participating in an activity that doesn’t require the use of individual fingers, wear mittens. They allow extra space for heat to accumulate and keep hand warm. Be sure to wear socks made of synthetic materials to wick away moisture and snow boots that provide plenty of insulation. Keep frostbite off your ears by wearing a hat that covers them and your head completely. A scarf will protect your neck from the cold and the sun and create an uninterrupted barrier between your hat and your collar line.
- Avoid wool and cotton – These materials may be comfortable, but they are not suitable for a day out in the snow. Wool and cotton attract dampness and hold on to it, trapping it on your body. Choose Klim layers that are made of synthetic materials that are designed to wick moisture away from the body. The evaporated sweat will then be able to pass through your other layers, keeping your skin dry and warm.
- Bring extras – No matter how prepared you are, you are bound to get wet in the snow. Moisture that becomes stuck and trapped on the body is not only uncomfortable, but can lead to a sudden drop in body temperature and other more serious issues. Bring extra layers including a base top, socks, gloves, and a hat to replace any that become soaked. And remember that synthetic materials are what keep you dry and warm.
- Have fun! – Moving around in the snow is not only part of the fun, it also helps keep you warm. Skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and other active winter time activities increase your circulation, keeping your blood flowing throughout your core and extremities. This movement and circulation keep you warm and keep frostbite at bay.
The best way to enjoy your first trip to the snow is to plan ahead and be prepared. Book your activities and accommodations in advance to avoid the rush. Pack your Klim winter gear and accessories and be on your way to a fun filled winter holiday!