If you’ve never experienced winter before, you would probably picture yourself in boots, thick scarves and a hot cup of coffee in hand with romantic snowy scenes from movies in mind. Truth is, the cold might not be too welcoming for all. Need tips on how to keep yourself warm and comfortable? Here are four handy tips!
1. Check on actual temperature
Not all winters go down to the negatives. Once you’ve checked the temperature of the area you’re visiting, you can choose whether you would need a down (natural feathers) or a fleece jacket etc. The guide below will help you give a rough idea of the type of jacket you’ll need. It will also show the range of temperatures each of them are suitable for.
Remember to keep in mind that you’d want to get a size that is slightly bigger since you will be wearing more than one layer of clothes underneath.
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2. Effectively layer-up
A great layering item would be Heattech clothing from Uniqlo. It is a heat generating fabric that is super lightweight. For low temperatures, use a layer of Heattech under your long-sleeve top, and then your winter jacket over.
This way when you’re
indoors, you can at least remove your winter jacket as it can be quite warm indoors too. I was lucky to be able to survive -6⁰C just by wearing Heattech leggings and not having to layer the bottom.
Other garments for layering include fleece and long johns (which are both generally thicker than Heattech). Do remember that winter clothes are quite costly especially when you buy them in non-temperate countries. Besides Uniqlo, you may also want to get winter clothing from the country you are visiting. Plus, they might be cheaper as well.
3. Get stylish with winter accessories
Now that you’ve gotten your Heattech and your winter jacket, here are some smaller factors to help you enjoy winter better.
- Scarves/ear muffs/gloves
While I find scarves to be extremely warm and uncomfortable, I find myself in need of gloves and ear muffs. Using a beanie keeps my ears warm too while staying fashionable.
- Socks and shoes
You can settle for Heattech socks or layer thicker socks. For shoes, if the area you’re going is snowing, boots with good soles help to prevent slipping. It is good to get shoes that are water proof as well. Uggs are definitely not the only type of winter boots out there. For me, I bought my winter boots at the city I visited. It saves me a lot since they are generally cheaper in temperate countries.
- Heat/hot packs
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These are little packs that have some sort of magical beans that heat up to keep you warm. Shake them up and they’ll emit heat! They are generally sold in convenient stores and are really handy to be carried around. In Korea
I was able to get them from Daiso.
4. Plan your daily outfit!
Something I find useful is planning my outfits for each day. With the itinerary ready, you want to be dressed for the right activity. If you’re going to be spending time outdoors, dress slightly thicker. If you’re going to spend the day shopping indoors (where it’s heated), you don’t want to layer too thick and risk having to lug your winter jacket and your outer layer while shopping.
The cold is beautiful if you are well prepared for it. With the essentials above, go ahead and enjoy the beautiful season without any worries. Then, come back and tell us which tip was the most useful!