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Staying warm during the winter is important, whether inside or outside your home. When you go winter camping, you must wrap yourself up with comfortable clothing. Besides dressing up, retaining the body heat is another crucial factor; because we lose a lot of calories to produce body heat. So, we are sharing some effective tips that will help you to keep your house warm, cut on hitting bills, and prevent catching a cold when you have to go outside. Here is the best way to stay warm and dry while saving a good amount of energy.
These full-proof tips will help you to stay warm and dry throughout these tough winter months. Make sure you check each of them and apply them in real life.
1. Preheat The Clothes.
You can contain the body heat by wearing warm clothes. Preheat your clothes, and you will not lose your body temperature. Put the gloves, hat, and socks inside your jacket to instantly warm them up. Then put on the toasty clothes.
2. Layer The Clothing.
In freezing winter, if you do not want to get frozen when outside, we recommend layering up the clothing. Layering up keeps your body warmth contained inside and protects you from getting chilled. Layering is an essential part of winter camping. And this also applies when you go outside in winter when the temperature reaches below zero.
For layering, you have to wear clothes in three layers-
i) Baselayer, ii) Mid layer, and iii) Top layer.
Base Layer: The base layer is the very first layer of your winter clothing. In winter, put away all your cotton shirts. Pick a warmer fabric for the base layer. Polyester or silk is a preferable option here. Wool is possibly the best at retaining body heat. These fabrics will keep you warm and dry even if you sweat a little. Pick a full sleeve body-fit shirt over a short sleeve version.
Mid Layer: The mid-layer works like an insulator. It retains the heat inside and keeps the cold outside, and holds a balanced warm condition. In the mid-layer, you can wear a snug-fit fleece jacket or a sweater. However, for colder temperatures, down coats also work great as a mid-layer.
Top Layer: Top layer is the outermost layer of the three-layer winter clothing. Therefore, it has to be made of water and windproof material like nylon. Nylon will not keep you warm but will work as a waterproof covering for rain and snow. And a down jacket also works if it has a waterproof covering.
Note: When you go jogging or warming up, do not put on too much clothing. Put on only two layers. And zip down when you feel too hot to maintain a comfortable body temperature. As you sweat, the sweat will be soaked up by your sweatshirt. And your body temperature gets lower, and you’ll eventually get a cold from that.
Besides the clothing, you must cover the external parts with gloves, socks, winter boots, and a well-covering hat. If you don’t wear the appropriate material, you will feel the winter chill in your bones.
Long and thick woolen socks will keep the feet from freezing. A winter hat covers your ears better than the earmuffs. However, you can pick a winter headband if you have bushy hair.
When you wear mittens, your fingers share their warmth and do not get chilled. But wearing the gloves keeps the fingers isolated in their own chamber. Your fingers will be warmer in the mittens than the gloves made from the same material. So, pick a pair of mittens that fit your hands perfectly. But if you are about to do some tactical jobs, wear liner gloves since holding a bearing with mittens on is a bit difficult.
Try keeping yourself dry all the time. Even if somehow you get wet in the freezing chills, dry yourself up the fastest way possible. There is a great chance you may get hypothermia. It is a condition where your body loses temperatures faster than it can produce when exposed to cold temperatures for a prolonged time. Hypothermia can even lead you to death since, due to this, your body uses up all the stored energy.
We often unintentionally make this mistake by blocking the heater. Do not block the way of your radiator with the furniture or anything. If any furniture is in the way of the radiator, it blocks the heat and prevents the heat from spreading.
And there might be a slight chance of a fire hazard. So, move it from the way and let the heat circulate throughout the room. And if you have to cover the heater, there are plenty of decorative items to do that. Just pick one that matches the radiator size and your budget.
We need more energy in winter to keep the body heat up to the mark. Therefore, you must consume more calories than you are burning. Keep yourself hydrated with warm, healthy drinks. And make sure to consume enough food, especially when you are camping outside or doing other jobs in the freezing cold.
Energy bars can immediately boost the energy level. Keep a few of them in your car’s gloves compartment and in your backpack for easy reach.
You may think a sip of alcohol can keep you warm, but it is the worst possible way to warm yourself up. And if the drink is cold, it reduces the body temperature even more. Choose a bowl of soup instead. It will increase the core body temperature and give you nutrition.
A warm bowl of soup is the best thing you can opt for in the winter cold. When you head outside, carry it within a thermoflask to share with others or warm yourself up occasionally.
Shivering is a clear sign that you need more warmth than you have currently. You need to be at a comfortable temperature whether you are inside the home or outside. If you are at home and shivering from the cold, go near the fireplace and curl up in a quilt.
But if you are outside, camping in nature, do not spend a minute in the wind. Make yourself comfortable beside the bonfire. And if you are outside for a job, find a nearby place to warm yourself up in the first place.
Cold surfaces can drop your body temperature immediately if you sit on the park bench or lean against a rock in the wilderness. So, before sitting on a frozen surface, whether to enjoy the snowy beauty or to take a break, mind this thermal conduction. You can use a thermal mat or your backpack for sitting purposes and retain body heat.
Above all, do not sit inactively. Get yourself busy with cleaning tasks, games, exercise. Movements will spike up the body heat and also cheer up your mind to beat the winter depression. We expect that these expert tips will help you to beat the tough winter cold better. Prepare for the cold months beforehand.
You will be able to save up on your heating bills as well. Let us know in the comments below how you are coping with the winter. And inform us if you have some interesting ways to keep yourself warm and dry.
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