10 Tips to help you stay warm outdoors this winter

With so many things to do in the winter in Parry Sound, it is important to be prepared for the weather. 

In addition to peeking outside the door, there are a number of additional things to take into account when trying to determine how warmly you should dress before venturing outside. When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. However, there are ways to make sure that you remain safe and warm, so that you can enjoy your time outdoors!

Tip 1: Determine the actual temperature, and then the wind chill factor. Windchill is a measure of how cold a person actually feels while outdoors. It is based on how much body heat is lost through exposed skin due to the combination of wind and cold (e-how.com). The wind chill factor comes into effect when the temperature is equal to or less than 4 degrees Celsius and the wind is greater than 8 km/hr.

Tip 2: Dress for the appropriate activity level. You will need to dress very differently if you are going cross-country skiing than for a winter walkwalk.

Tip 3: Dress in layers. Several thin, warm layers are better than a few thick layers. More layers will insulate better, and allow you to strip off layers if the temperature warms up.

Tip 4: Wear a base layer. Long-johns, thermal underwear or union suits can add a warm light base. Make sure it wicks moisture away from your body, so you don’t get chilled.

Tip 5: Don’t forget your feet. If your boots don’t have lining, see if you can purchase it separately – or use boots that allow you to add several pairs of socks. Wool is best, although "fleece" socks will work. You can layer socks, but be careful that your feet are comfortable and the circulation isn't shut down.

Tip 6: Wear more than one layer on your legs. At minimum, have a base layer like long underwear and an warm outer layer, like snowboarding pants. Waterproof pants will go a long way towards keep you dry.

Tip 7: Use a really warm coat. In general the thicker the better, whether it is a synthetic, wool or a down jacket.

Tip 8: Wear a hat. Covering any exposed body part helps retain body heat – whether you believe that we lose most of our heat through our head or not. In order to be spotted easily, wear a bright scarf or hat or reflective gear so people can see you.

Tip 9: Wear gloves or mittens. Fingers and hands are very vulnerable to the cold, so keep them covered. To add in keeping your hands warm you can purchase hand warmers – small packages of chemicals that when rubbed generate heat. They can be purchased at any outdoor or hunting store.

Tip 10: Keep dry. Being wet will cause chill to set in more quickly than if you're dry. Have waterproof or at least water resistant outer layers.

Conditions such as frostbite and hypothermia can occur more quickly in windy weather because the body loses heat more rapidly. Dressing in layers of appropriate clothing slows down heat loss; however, if you think you are suffering from either of these, get indoors and seek medical attention immediately!

There are so many different things to do in winter in the Parry Sound area. Why not check out all the different things you can see and do?