Although winter is a season during which people enjoy engaging in exhilarating snow sports and traversing through breath-taking landscapes. It’s also a season that can prove dangerous to those who are not adequately prepared with the appropriate clothing.
There are two medical conditions that may affect people who fail to dress properly during winter; hypothermia and frostbite. Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature drastically drops as a result of low temperature in the external environment. On the other hand, Frostbite occurs when the body freezes, thus resulting in inhibited blood circulation. It’s, therefore, important to dress appropriately during this season.
The following are suitable winter clothing for 2015 that people should seriously consider embracing:
Dressing in layers: it’s advisable to put on several thin, warm layers of clothes instead of a few thick layers. The former provides better insulation against harsh weather, and also allows the wearer to conveniently remove some of the layers/clothes if the temperature rises.
The base layer should consist of long underwear or comfortable, tight-fitting clothing made of fabric such as polyester, silk or merino wool. The middle layer should consist of a fleece vest or long-sleeved shirt. A down vest or fleece jacket are good examples that should be considered as part of the insulating layer.
Winter boots: ideally, they should be fitted with a lining made from wool or other insulation material (but not cotton). Alternatively, one should consider wearing boots that are about two sizes larger. There are two options that can be considered; basic insulated shoes or heavy duty boots.
Winter socks: these help to keep the feet warm and dry. The socks should be woolen and not made of cotton. It’s also advisable to layer the socks (without interfering with blood circulation in the feet).
Winter coat/jacket: experts recommend that one should put on a synthetic ski jacket, a down jacket or a woolen pea coat before going out.
Winter hats and beanies: these are important in keeping the head warm. They are made in a variety of styles using different materials. The best hats and beanies are those which are made using synthetic material.
Neck and face protection: if the weather is extremely windy and cold, one should consider putting on a balaclava and scarf.
Mittens and gloves: good quality mittens or gloves are very effective in protecting the hands against harsh weather. Insulated mittens are more effective than gloves. Some of the gloves on the market have inbuilt liners that are also removable.
Goggles/ Sunglasses: according to scientists, snow can amplify an individual’s exposure to ultra-violet rays from the sun. For this reason, goggles/ sunglasses are important accessories that should be worn especially when it’s very bright outside or when going out to the ski slopes or snowshoeing trail.