Surviving Cold Weather
For many people who live in warmer climates, taking the plunge into visiting an infamously cold country can be a bit daunting. It's not always easy to know what to pack for negative degrees! But have no fear, as a native Scot, I'm used to the cold weather, and while there are certainly colder climates (such as Scandinavia and Iceland) than Scotland, I have still certainly picked up some tips and tricks for surviving the cold.
I highly recommend bringing some hand warmers with you in your bag so you can bring them out whenever you start to lose feeling in your fingers! You can find many multi-packs of cheap hand warmers on Amazon, so I recommend stocking up for your trip. I would also recommend ordering ones that are activated by the air, rather than requiring boiling water, as this means you can use them whenever you feel like during the day. This will help alleviate some of the cold, and will provide a nice warming feeling as you venture out into the wind and the cold.
While it's obviously important to wear lots of layers, including jumpers and jackets, the most important layer is the first one...the underwear! If you don't have good underwear on, you'll never feel truly warm in my opinion. I highly recommend, for example, putting on a pair of tights before you put on your trousers, as this will help insulate your feet and legs and provide an extra barrier against the cold. A vest under your top will also do wonders.
Bring Back-Up Clothes
If you're in a cold climate, chances are there will be lots of water around. This might be rain, snow, lakes, you name it. But chances are, you're going to get wet. Trust me, there's nothing worse than wearing wet clothes when it's negative degrees outside! Therefore I recommend packing at least an extra pair of socks and a jumper in your bag when you go out that day, as even just having something dry and warm to put on can do wonders for an afternoon pick-me-up!
Cover The Important Parts
There are three main areas that you need to cover in order to keep warm; your jaw, your nose, and your ears. If you don't, these areas tend to start to ache with the cold, especially if it's windy. Therefore making sure your face in general is covered up will prevent you from feeling the true ache of the cold. Something as simple as wearing a hat that covers your ears, and a scarf that you can pull up over your jaw and nose can work wonders!
If you use your phone a lot when you travel, either because you enjoy using social media, or as a map, getting smartphone-compatible gloves can be a life saver. If you wear regular knitted gloves, you may have to keep taking them on and off every time you want to touch your phone screen, which can be a pain and lead to aching hands. Having gloves that allow you to use your phone with them on can save from all that hassle!
All of my tips may seem scary and/or off-putting for some people. But I honestly love the cold weather. There's nothing more cosy and relaxing to me than the cool breeze you get in winter. As long as you're prepared and pack appropriately, there's nothing stopping you from having an amazing time!
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