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Tips for dressing appropriately in winter

How should you dress in winter? What are the basic items to protect yourself from the cold? What does it mean to dress in layers? What materials are the most suitable for conserving body heat?

Advice and «tips» to dress appropriately during the winter

The above sequence gathers only a part of the many questions that the immigrant asks himself when he faces the winter cold for the first time. Hence, we will answer them below.

In Canada and certain regions of the United States , where the dreaded winter is characterized by very low temperatures and prolonged snow falls, dressing appropriately is essential to maintain health and carry out the routines of daily life.

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Of course you can go out in winter! It is also recommended to do so. You just need to protect yourself from the cold with the correct clothing. Thus, outdoor recreation will provide a special enjoyment: playing sports, walking around the city, going shopping or simply getting ready to take in the fresh air.

The following tips will help you understand the dynamics of dressing appropriately to ward off the cold and enjoy winter:

Layer clothing in the winter

The golden tip for going out warm and functional in winter is to layer your clothes. With this technique, cold and humidity are controlled and body heat is preserved.

In general, three layers are recommended, depending on the task to be carried out and the outside temperature. If few items are carried, the body immediately cools down. If you wear too many clothes, you sweat so much that your clothes get damp and you even catch a cold.

This same procedure applies to children, who usually do not know how to deal with the sensation of cold and do not express spontaneously if they need to be warmer. It is, then, the responsibility of adults to frequently monitor the body heat of the little ones and the humidity of the clothes, in order to adjust the layers in the most convenient way.

It is advisable to distribute the layers of clothing in the following order

First layer : it is fitted to the body, imitating a second skin, and consists of a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Its function, absorb moisture and keep the skin dry and warm.

Natural fibers (wool and merino) are ideal. Also synthetic ones, such as polyester or certain types of high-tech plastic membranes. Cotton is not recommended, as it moistens and cools the skin.

Second layer : conserves body heat, isolating the moisture it absorbs from the first and sending it to the outer layer.

The garments are worn a little looser than those of the first layer, they must have a windproof quality (“wind breakers” in English or “coup-vent” in French) and, in their manufacture, synthetic fibers are highly recommended, among which stands out the “Polar Fleece” or “Polar Wool”.

Third layer : the outermost, which covers, protects and serves as a barrier against wind, rain and snow. It needs to be waterproof. The dresses must be loose so that they do not press the two inner layers.

Therefore, a size larger than usual is recommended. Winter coats for this level are usually made from a mix of synthetic and natural materials. For example, synthetic fur jackets with feather padding.