Cold weather is common around the year in the Arctic, Antarctica, as well as at high elevations, and during winter in temperate areas. Cold weather is part of everyday life for the residents of these areas, as well as travelers who pursue activities such as Nordic skiing, alpine skiing or mountaineering.
With the winter season comes increased travel, especially as people travel to spend holidays with family and friends. Winter is also peak cold and flu season, prompting some travelers — especially those flying — to stock up on immune system boosters. Hypothermia is lowering the core body temperature due to inadequate whole-body protection from cold, and may occur even in relatively mild weather if it rains and the clothes get wet and it is very essential to wear lethal because several homeless people die from hypothermia every winter.
The following tips can help you stay healthy, no matter the climate
The food you eat can also have an impact in your overall health in winter months. Eating anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich foods can help boost your immune system, and hearty dinners with warming spices, such as cumin or paprika, can help keep your body temperature up through the night
More drinking water is needed than in mild weather. Warm drinks, such as tea, coffee or hot chocolate, are good also for the mood. Water or drinks in ordinary bottles will freeze, use thermos bottles and local supplies (e.g. snow) instead, or keep a small bottle in the pocket inside the jacket. Avoid alcohol, as it affects blood circulation in the skin.
Rest is Important
as keeping warm is more difficult – and making bad decisions more easy – when tired. But when really tired you must not rest until having found safe shelter, as continuing after the rest may be difficult, especially if part of the company suffers from hypothermia. In such cases, do not let anybody sit down or stay still until the shelter is ready, warm and comfortable. Make sure everybody puts on their rest sweaters also on ordinary breaks.
How to Pack for Cold weather
Bring a pair of Boots
Bring few Boots unless you’re traversing rough terrain, one pair of stylish boots will go with everything from day to night. If you’re heading to a more outdoorsy destination like Iceland, you’ll also want to pack a sturdier pair — but you can still save space! Boots and big shoes make a great place to store rolled up socks and underwear. Also tall boots in case there’s snow or rain. Make sure they’re waterproof!
When deciding how to pack for cold weather, choose items that you can layer or wear separately, and are not too bulky. Remember thicker fabric doesn’t mean it’s warmer fabric.
One set of thermals
One set should do but if you’re going to an extreme cold weather destination then you can wear two sets if you plan to spend a large amount of time outside.
These are essential and can save you even if your clothes don’t keep you warm! Bring a warm hat, gloves, and blanket scarf to avoid the harsh cold winter weather.
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