Tips for choosing hiking clothes in cold weather

In order for your trip to be more interesting and comfortable, the first thing you need to do is to equip yourself with some tips for choosing hiking in cold weather and useful knowledge when traveling. This article will guide you to choose the clothes and utensils as well as the food and water needed for your trip.

There is no need to be in the middle of winter to make the weather or cold temperatures become a concern for your trip. Depending on where you live and where you are going, you will encounter cold temperatures at any time of the year that may make your trip uncomfortable or worse make you suffer from injuries or serious illnesses.

Keeping your body comfortable when moving in cold weather, wearing the right clothes and carrying the right items is the most important thing.

Dress in three layers

The first layer is the lining that helps absorb sweat from the skin; The next layer is the ¬†middle layer ¬†that helps insulate; and finally the outer layer against the wind and pushing the moisture out. This will help you easily wear more or remove a few layers of clothing during the move to be warmer or more comfortable without getting hot or sweating. In addition, you need to keep your body dry so you don’t get hypothermia in cold weather.

Say no to cotton fabric

When cotton gets wet, it will take a long time to dry and will make you feel wet and cold. Synthetic fabric and dry wool are much faster and can absorb sweat.

Fully shielded the body

Any skin on the body that is exposed to cold air and wind is prone to frostbite. Parts like the nose, cheeks, ears, hands and feet need different care:

For hands: try wearing gloves made of fleece (not too heavy) under the waterproof gloves or main gloves. Bring a pair of fleece felt gloves to prevent the pair from getting wet.

For feet: wear matching socks made of synthetic fibers or wool. Thicker socks will help keep heat better but make sure they are not too thick that the shoes become too tight and hinder the blood circulation of the legs. Bring an extra pair of socks to avoid getting wet. Use waterproof shoes if you cross the snow and shoes have insulated inside if you move in very cold weather.

For the nose and cheeks: try wearing face masks, multi-functional towels, or bandana towels to keep warm.

For the ear: a winter hat or headband will be helpful to keep the ears warm. Some face masks, multi-functional towels, or bandana towels can also shield and keep the ears warm.

Avoid wearing too tight clothes

Watch straps, necks of gloves, leggings, and shoes that are too tight will interfere with blood circulation and easily lead to frostbite. Make sure the type of clothes and accessories you wear must be fit, not too tight.

Keep the battery warm

Cold weather can drain batteries quickly. Lithium batteries often retain heat better in winter than alkaline batteries. But no matter what type of battery you use, keeping it warm is always necessary. Keep your headlights, GPS devices, phones, and other electronic devices inside the bag close to your body.

Apply sunscreen

Just because cold weather doesn’t mean you don’t get sunburned. In fact, if there is snow on the ground, the sun rays can reflect towards you and cause you to be sunburned. So you need to apply sunscreen regularly under the nose and chin and around the neck area.