When it comes to the favorite travel destinations on the planet, there are typically two options: places with hot tropical weather and frigid temperatures. If you want to travel to areas with colder climates, you need to know how to dress correctly.
You particularly need to master layering when traveling to colder climates. If you live in a cold area, you already know how essential layering is, but it might differ when traveling to a foreign land.
The following is how you should do proper layering when traveling to colder climates:
The base layer is the most critical layer when layering for cold climate travels. The base layer is primarily about moisture management. It would be best if you thought about the base layer as a second skin when traveling to cold places, for example, Mt.Everest.
If you can keep your skin dry, you should have excellent protection against the frigid cold. Therefore, you need to choose a base layer that wicks the moisture from the body.
Many experts claim that Merino wool is the best material to use as a base layer. It is lightweight, has excellent breathability, and will not stink with sweat, making it the perfect material for a base layer.
The middle layer is all about insulation. You want to choose a layer that will help you retain heat, but breathability is also crucial. The more efficient the mid-layer is, the warmer you will be in cold climates.
A budget-conscious polyester fleece is an excellent option for a mid-layer though luxury sweatshirts from Balmain will also be acceptable. You have a variety of materials to choose from as it pertains to a mid-layer.
However, certain materials retain body heat better than others. The best materials for a mid-layer are down and wool. Polyester is a great heat retaining material too. Synthetic materials don’t do as well as natural ones as mid-layers.
Most people focus on the outer layer when layering for flying to colder climates. The top or outer layer is just as important as the base and mid-layer because it will protect you from the elements, including wind, rain, and snow.
However, the outer layer will do its job better if you have proper mid and base layers. You will be best suited by wearing fabrics for your outer layer that can repel the elements.
For the outer layer, you need to look for materials that are waterproof and breathable. On the other hand, the outer layer or shell could also be water-resistant and non-breathable. It will depend on your activities, as you can be drenched in sweat if you don’t have a breathable outer layer.
Nylon and polyester are suitable materials for an outer layer. Durability is also crucial if you are going to be active outdoors.
Protect Head, Face, and Toes
The above layering techniques deal with body parts that are typically clothed. If you want complete protection against freezing temperatures, you should also cover your head, face, and toes.
In fact, your head is the source of significant heat loss in the body; hence you need to layer it too adequately. For headwear, you should have a heavy hat to put on when resting and a light one to wear during activities. Ensure it covers as much of your head as possible.
Your neck will also be vital in keeping you warm, so you should protect it. Though a dickie can do the job, a scarf or fleece will do a better one.
Thick socks are the best protection for your toes in frigid weather. Solid hiking books are also essential, especially when hiking.
To conclude, if you can layer yourself in the ways described above, you should be warm enough to climb to the top of Mt. Everest. It would be best to learn to listen to your body and its temperature to shed your layers accordingly. If you do, you should have fantastic trips when traveling to cold climates.
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