But what does “dressing the part” entail for those less experienced with the trials and tribulations of Canadian winters? I get into that in my January and February Montreal weather guides. I also offer additional guidance by breaking down frostbite risk by temperature range as well as share what-to-do tips right here.
Other preventative measures? Do:
- layer your clothes under that coat. An ideal base layer shirt would be composed of fabric that wicks away moisture from the skin so that sweat does not remain on the skin thus cooling down the body faster. Merino wool, silk, polypropylene, polyester, fleece, and other synthetic fibres are excellent fabric choices in this respect.
- tuck everything in. Gloves, shirts, scarves, what-have-you, the less openings cold air can get through, the better you'll be insulated and the longer you'll remain warm.
- drink warm, alcohol-free beverages such as broth and caffeine-free tea.
- if wet, go inside and remove wet clothing as soon as possible.
- wear cotton. In fact, avoid cotton as much as possible in very cold weather or if remaining outside in freezing temperatures for extended periods of time. If any kind of moisture, like sweat, gets on cotton, it will let it sit on your skin and leave you feeling colder than if you wearing more appropriate fabric.
- drink alcohol. It tricks your body into believing it's warmer than it is.
- smoke. It constricts blood vessels, thus reducing blood circulation, making the smoker colder faster.
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