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TFG’s backpacking guru Tammy Lowe helps you pack for winter travel with her step by step onion strategy. Read on to find out what to wear in cold weather, clothing and gear and how to use it!

 


What to Wear in Cold Weather

Written by: Tammy Lowe


 

I am what Germans call a “Frostbeule” (frost bite), which means I am one of those people that feels the cold really easily. If the temperature is anything below 25 degrees Celsius I basically need a cardigan.

If it is anything below 20 degrees I need a fleece and anything below 10 I need a down jacket.

 

Start by reading these general tips on packing for winter travel:

 

 

What to Wear in Cold Weather

 

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Long Sleeve Crewe | Leggings | Vest | Resolve Jacket | Down Sweater | Gloves | Ankle High Tights | Socks | Hat | Balaclava | Boots

 

My hands, feet, nose and stomach get cold first and once I am cold it takes a lot of effort to get warm again (think hot water bottles, wooly blankets and cups of tea).

So in order to avoid freezing in the first place, carefully planning what to wear in cold weather is absolutely essential in my travels.

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 as explained below.

 

You can still pack in a small suitcase even when you travel in cold weather by using packing cubes to compress your clothing as shown in this video.

 

The Onion Look

 

 

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Sometimes I wear a wooly jumper and still feel cold. Why? Because although wool is warm,  if that’s the only layer of clothing you wear your body won’t be able to retain the heat underneath as well.

 

When I add a tank top underneath it feels less cold, and when I add a coat on top of it, it feels even less cold. This is called the onion look.

 

 

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Basically the more layers you wear the more warmth can your body retain. Outdoor outfitters like to refer to these layers as base-layer, mid-layer and outer-layer, and ideally that’s what you should be aiming for to stay nice and toasty.

 

As a base-layer I cannot recommend clothes from Icebreaker enough. If you’re wondering what to wear in cold weather, this is the first place you should look. They’re amazing!

 

They are made out of merino wool, which is wool from a sheep. Even though the tops and leggings they do look like cotton clothes, they are incredibly warm. And the best thing is that the material is anti-bacterial, which means it won’t smell.

 

 

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Long Sleeve Crewe | Cascade Vest

 

If you go somewhere really cold then you may need to wear two base layers, i.e. a vest top and a long sleeve top underneath a fleece or wooly jumper. Try it out. You will be amazed how much warmer just a couple of base-layers will make you feel.

 

Cold Weather Clothing

 

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Minx Mid II Omni-Heat Winter Boot

 

If you are planning on going to a really cold climate with snow, the onion look alone might not cut it. It will definitely help, but you should also invest in some proper outdoor clothing that are suitable for cold weather.

If there is going to be snow, then snow boots that are waterproof and have some kind of warm lining are a must to keep those feet from becoming ice blocks.

 

 

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Ankle High TightsSmartWool Socks

 

You might even have to wear two pairs of socks, one pair of lining socks and then some wooly socks on top.

 

Pair a long coat with versatile, warm winter snow boots!

 

 

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Mountain Made Outdoor Gloves

 

Hands also get cold very easily. Sometimes it is enough to wear some bog standard wooly or fleece gloves, but when you go to a really icy climate then some windproof ski gloves will be much better to keep you warm.

Depending on the temperature you may even want to wear some lining gloves underneath for double protection.

 

These are the six fashionable winter accessories for women!

 

 

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Resolve JacketDown Sweater

 

Proper down jackets (not the cheap synthetic one; you need actual feathers in the jacket) are the only jackets that actually keep me warm when it is really cold outside.

I have tried wooly coats and fleece lined ski jackets, but none of them are as effective as down jackets in my opinion.

If you can get one with a large hood that’s even better, as you can wear it on top of a wooly hat to keep your head warm, which brings me to my next point.

 

Find out the most stylish and practical down jacket for your cold weather travels!

 

 

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Watch Hat | Balaclava

 

Keep Your Head Warm

 

The majority of your body warmth gets lost via your head. When planning what to wear in cold weather pack a warm hat in order to retain your body.

I like hats that also cover my ears, because they always get freezing cold too. When I went trekking in the Himalayas I even slept in my wooly hat, as it was so bitterly cold at night.

 

When I got above 5,000 meters I even had to wear a Balaclava to cover my face, as the wind was so icy that it was actually painful.

 

 

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What are your suggestions for what to wear in cold weather? Share in the comments!


 

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Author Bio: Tammy is a travel blogger and adventure junkie. She has endured the Everest Base Camp trek, abseiled down a skyscraper, cycled down the world’s most dangerous road, and trekked through the mosquito infested Amazon jungle. You can follow her adventures on her blog Tammy &  Chris on the move or on FacebookTwitterInstagram  or Pinterest.

 


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