If you visit Canada between November and March, you will likely encounter some chilly - and in some locales, downright frigid - weather. Not being dressed for the cold can ruin a day - especially if you're with kids. Thankfully dressing to keep warm in winter is easy if you follow a few important tips.
Dress in layers.
- Start with a thin, wicking layer - like silk, polyester or nylon, not cotton - next to the skin.
- Fleece or polyester should follow as the second layer. Wool will work but tends to be heavier and more restrictive.
- Finish with a third waterproof, wind-resistant layer, Gore-Tex or another man-made syntehic fabric, for example. Don't forget snow pants; in sub-zero weather and for extended lengths of time, jeans alone won't cut it.
- Be sure to wear layers on your legs as well as your upper half, such as long silk underwear. Even a pair of nylons is better than nothing; but avoid cotton.
Keep it loose.Make sure none of your clothing is too tight. Looser clothes insulate better and allow more fluid movement.
Less is more.
Avoid cotton next to the skin.
Keep your feet dry.
Don't forget the accessories.
Another handy accessory is a pair of disposable heat packs, which you can buy at sporting stores or even some convenience stores for about $3. They can go into boots, mitts and pockets and will give you a little heat blast for about 4 to 6 hrs.
Although they won't keep you warm, don't forget sunglasses. Fresh white snow on a sunny day can be intense and bright.