How to Dress For Winter

As a Canadian, I listen to news stories of people heading from warm climates to Canada and freezing their fingers or toes off .

I am writing this because at one time, I was hired by the Ontario Ski Council and part of my job was teaching people how to dress for Winter.

So here we go.

Stay Dry. Too hot? Remove layers. Too cool, add layers but stay dry. Cotton  and wool is best. They 'breathe'..

First layer. A cotton tee shirt and stick two cotton tee shirts in your bag. If you start to sweat, remove the wet tee shirt and put on a dry tee shirt.

Second Layer. A turtleneck. Again Cotton is your friend. A turtleneck has a snug collar around your neck and the cuffs around your wrists and you tuck this into your pants including your tee shirt. This holds the heat in.

Third layer is a sweater,  A round neck wool is best, round neck or collared polyester weave is second and polyester knit is third best as a choice for your third layer.

A windbreaker with a hood is next. This can be a sailing jacket or whatever stops the wind. Be sure it can breath with a pocket under the arms and in the back to allow lots of air so your four layers can breath. Green garbage bags work too.

Next and most important is a good hat. We call them toques.  Reportedly 80% of your body heat escapes from the top of your head so without a hat, your body heat escapes. Be sure you can pull the hat over your ears.

A scarf or at minium a towel to block the cold from your face. Keep your forehead covered to relieve yourself from headaches.

For the bottom, first layer, use loose cotton pyjamas.

Second layer, pants

Third layer, rain resistant pants.

For your hands, if you have mittens , use them. Gloves can be cold unless they are really good gloves.

If you don't have gloves, use socks on your hands and keep them dry with bread bags. Especially for your chldren.

Finally for your feet. If you can get snow boots, great.  Regardless of snow boots or whatever you use on your feet, a few pair of dry socks and bread bags are your friend.  If your feet get wet, change your socks and put a bread bag between your dry sock and the boot.

If you don't have winter boots, find some rubber boots and wear first layer, a bread bag against the boot, second layer a high sock, preferrably wool and the sock against your foot will be cotton. Replace the cotton every time your foot gets wet.

Wear your pant leg over your boot to keep the snow out and rubber band the bottom of your pant leg.

This is an example of how you can stay warmer when travelling in the winter when you don't have winter clothing. 

I hope it is helpful to you and when you are ready to rent a hotel, please consider using our hotel search site at pricecheck.com. 

Remember please, to keep your children warm. Their little fingers and toes need protection first.  Happy trails!