How to dress for winter?
In this guide, we will supply you with tips on how to layer for warmth and stay comfortable whether you’re strolling around town, skiing, working, etc.

Important information: Take note of WIND CHILLS; although it may be 15 degrees outside, 15mph winds can make it feel like its zero degrees outside. Wind chill is a combination of both cold temperature and cold wind.

Dressing for the activity:
Decide on what activity you will be doing before deciding what to wear. You should also be always be prepared with extra clothing in case conditions become worse.

In events when you’re going to do physical activities (E.g. skiing, snowboarding, etc.) be sure to get a outer wear that can cover extremities like the cold wind, snow, etc. The inner layer also plays an important role in keeping you warm and comfortable so be sure to get an inner layer that is breathable and moisture-wicking.

Outerwear and layering tips:

1. The outerwear that you are planning to buy must include these few factors :

  • Block the wind
  • Keep out rain and snow (Wind proof & water proof)
  • Good fit
  • Hood; a hood is an outstanding feature to prevent your head from any falling rain or snow
  • Stretchable wrist cuffs; a wrist gutter helps by preventing wind from entering, keeping your hands/arms warm

2. Basic layering for winter

  • Proper layering is important as it helps you adapt to changing conditions and activity levels much easier; allowing you to remove/add layers so that you will not be too cold or too warm
  • There are three main layers to consider while planning for your winter holidays;
              i)     Base layer – consists of your thermal wear (I.e. cotton, fleece, wool) which is body hugging, allowing you to feel the warmth and comfort at the same time.
              ii)    Mid layer – consists of your sweater (I.e. cotton, fleece, wool) 
              iii)   Outer layer – the outer layer acts as an extra insulating layer which helps you keep extra warm; blocking you from wind and preventing snow and rain to fall on you

3. Types of material suitable for your trip

  • Cotton – suitable for up to about 10 degrees (I.e. autumn), cotton is a high quality fabric that is able to allow breathability and release perspiration quickly. It is soft and comfortable to wear and thus is good for people with sensitive skin.
             i) Caring for cotton – cotton is relatively low in maintenance and can be used in washing machine with warm water and soap. Cotton can be dried in a dryer using low heat or hung to dry on a clothesline.

  • Wool – ideal material to keep warm in temperatures that are 0°C or below, as compared to cotton, polyester, etc. 
            ii) Caring for wool – wool should not be washed too often as washing frequently can wear out its fabric. Wool should also not be washed with hot/warm water or put in the dryer as it might cause the clothing to shrink.

  • Polyester – suitable for cool conditions like fall. It is soft and smooth on the skin, giving you comfort on the go. 
            iii) Caring for polyester – polyester is machine washable and can be hung to dry on a clothesline. However, do not leave polyester in the dryer too long as it may shrink.

  • Fleece – fleece is good for chilly conditions, but not recommended for serious cold. It is soft, breathable and comfortable to wear but it is also very bulky to carry around as compared to the other materials.

  • Down feather – down is a natural plumage that serves as the undercoating of geese and ducks. Down feather is an exceptional insulator, keeping you warm in temperatures of 0°C and below. It is valued for being light, easily compressible and breathable.
           iv) Caring for down – best recommended to send your outer wear for dry cleaning after returning from your trip.
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