Are you planning a camping trip or a long hike? Dressing in multiple layers is the key to staying comfortable in any outdoor weather that may occur. In the winter months, it is very important to keep your body temperature warm. Fleece materials are the best at trapping body heat. Put them on over your undergarments to keep as much of your natural body heat as possible. Your outer layers should consist of clothing that is easy to navigate around in. A great way to keep your body heated up is constant movement. If your outer layers do not enable you to move with ease, then this will be difficult for you to do. Remember to pack insulated and waterproof gloves or mittens. Doubling up on your socks is a great idea to preserve heat. Be sure that your socks are insulated as well. Bring along headgear such as toboggans or ski masks.
Scarves are also a necessity in the cold weather. When encountering below freezing weather, snow is always a possibility. Be prepared by taking extra clothing in case you get wet. Pack waterproof snow boots with a good tread and traction on the bottom. Keep in mind that cold weather can be extremely dangerous and that even if you get hot, you can always take some of your layers off. It’s better to be safe rather than sorry. Hot weather is the same way. Heat strokes are threatening to people of all ages and can be deadly! Heat strokes can occur at different temperatures for various people. When being out in the sun, sunburn or sun poisoning is also something to watch out for. The best way to prevent heat strokes, sunburn, sun poisoning, and other heat related illnesses is to properly dress for the outdoors.
Layers are just as important in the summer months as they are in the winter months. Long flowing and loose fitting clothing is much safer to wear than shorter clothing. This protects your skin from direct sunlight and provides more air circulation. Textured clothing is always a plus in the summer. This may sound strange but it makes a lot of sense. All textured patterns keep part of the clothing material off of the skin. By only touching parts of the skin, texturized clothing allows air channels to open right up and cool us down. Undershirts are also important if you want to hide your sweat stains in the middle of a heat wave. Tank tops under clothing do not benefit the pit sweat but a tee shirt does the trick. I recommend a heather-gray t-shirt. It will keep your sweat from soaking through to your overshirt. Avoid dark colors all that you can. Light colors do not absorb heat like the darker ones do.
You may think that a hat is much needed in the sun. This is not true. Heat escapes from your head more than any other body part. A hat will only trap unwanted heat and cause more damage in the long run. Leave the hat on the rack and substitute it for a thin visor. Be sure to pack sunglasses to protect your eyes from any sun damage. Always keep sunscreen on hand as well. No matter what the weather may be, it can change at any given second. Dressing for the outdoors can be tricky. A good habit to get into is keeping a small drawstring bag in your vehicle at all times. Keep a small rain jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, mittens, socks, and various little items inside that could be used in a short notice change of weather. I hope that these tips keep you happy and safe during all of your outdoor adventures!