Tonight I spent an hour walking in the frigid 23 degree weather. It doesn't sound very cold, but it felt more like 10 below zero because I wasn't prepared at all! I wore a t-shirt and light-weight sweats, regular socks with tennis shoes, my good winter coat with a fleece liner, a pair of wool gloves and a fleece ear warmer. My mid-section was nice and toasty, which tells me that my coat is great. My hands were warm for most of the time, but when they started to get cold, I put them in my coat pockets and they were fine. My ears were cold. My feet were warm, but if they had gotten wet at all, I would have been done for. My face, neck and legs were so cold, they were stinging. When I got home, my face and especially my legs, were bright red and swollen, and turning white. What I realized tonight was that if I had had to spend any longer outside than I already did, I would have ended up with some frostbite. The next time I decide to go walking in freezing temperatures, I plan to be prepared!
Wearing the appropriate layers in the right fabrics can make the difference between comfort and discomfort, and in extreme cases, life and death. The following information can help you learn how to be better prepared to spend time in the cold.