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It was unusually cold in LA one winter and even hit 35F during the day, which is unheard of. I noticed all my friends on Facebook wrapped up in inches upon inches of bulky sweaters to stay warm, which inspired me to write this post on how to stay warm in cold weather…and not look like a snowman!
Please note: these tips are most useful for those not used to the cold weather
How to Stay Warm in Cold Weather
Instinctively, as the temperature drops we find the thickest clothing in hopes of achieving warmth. However, as our friend Anubha proves be showing you what to wear in sub zero temperatures, that’s not always the case.
It’s not about the size of your clothing; it’s about how you use it.
It’s important to note that bulky fabrics won’t necessarily make you feel warmer! You have to choose the right cold weather fabrics and layer your items strategically for your travel capsule wardrobe as explained in this article.
By choosing special fabrics like merino wool, cashmere, technical polyester synthetics, and silk and you’ll know how to stay warm in cold weather.
Avoid cotton thermals. They’re just not as good plus they look bulky under your clothing.
This is the same for staying warm at home or on the road.
When traveling in cold weather you choose these fabrics because they take up less space in your suitcase yet offer you optimal warmth. Likewise, they’ll also help you stay warm in cold weather without looking like a snowman.
Start by reading these general tips on packing for winter travel:
- Capsule Wardrobe for Winter
- How to Pack for Cold Weather
- How to Stay Warm in Cold Weather (without the bulk)
- The Best Travel Shoes for Winter
Here are a few layering tips to help solve the dilemma about staying warm in cold weather. Please note that the images are to show an idea not an exact wardrobe suggestion. Adding warm boots is a must!
When it’s cold:
One set of merino wool or silk thermals ✚ a top ✚ sweater ✚ jacket on top.
When it’s really cold:
Two sets of merino wool or silk thermals ✚ top ✚ sweater ✚ jacket on top
When it’s arctic cold:
This depends on the climate, temperature, and activity, but for our coldest days, my setup is as follows:
- Merino wool socks
- Merino wool base layers, top and bottom
- Fleece pants and sweatshirt
- Homemade parka
- Winter boots
Read these tips on how to choose the best arctic clothing to find out the best extreme cold weather gear for women!
This is my favorite outfit to stay warm while living in England’s icy winter – I’ve doubled up on merino wool!
I’ve found the double merino wool combo to be absolute perfection. It even kept me warm on Christmas Eve when I spent the morning outside and everyone (locals) were complaining about the cold while I was toasty warm!
Boy I couldn’t help but feel a bit smug – I even had my jacket unzipped!
In a perfect world, I’d also have a set of silk thermals to go under these clothes on colder days which would make be super warm and take up no space in my suitcase or my body!
Ladies, as the temperature drops layer smart! Check out this list of companies that make the best women’s thermals for home or travel.
What are your best tips for how to stay warm in cold weather?
For more ideas on staying warm in cold weather, please read:
- What to Wear in Cold Weather
- How to Pack for Cold Weather Like a Boss
- Best Thermal Underwear for Women
- Waterproof Boots you Won’t be Embarrassed to Wear this Winter
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