Keeping warm starts with a good base, preferably in wool and even better is Merino wool. This ultra-fine wool effectively holds air between the fibers. Do not be fooled by his thinness; only a thin layer of merino will help you feel warm. Once the base is selected, continue with the middle layer that absorbs sweat (because the sweat cools you down) – wool is also great here. Then an outer layer that blocks wind, rain and snow. Finish with a reinforcement layer in goose down / duck down or synthetic if you sit still or move less quickly.
2. Do not get hungry
When the temperature drops, your body needs to work even harder to maintain your core temperature of 37 ° C. And this requires extra calories – lots of calories. For example, if you are active in the winter, your body may need about three times as many calories as under normal conditions. We therefore recommend that you remain saturated at all times and never lower your energy level. A good way to do this is a snack on nuts or dried fruit (my favorite is Snickers) – giving you a lot of fat and sugar, that is, energy.
3. Do not get thirsty.
Water is even more important than food. If necessary, we can live without food for a few weeks. The same can certainly not be said about water. Then we talk in days. Since more than 60% of the human body consists of water, you can guess how important it is to survive. But it is also important in the regulation of the heat. So make sure you stay hydrated. We recommend drinking hot water regularly. Large gulps and half a liter at a time mean that you’re already on your way to dehydration. And you absolutely do not want to go that way in the cold.
4. Stay dry.
If we mean “stay dry”, we mean avoiding sweating. Water conducts 25-30 times better heat than air and quickly transports energy away from your body. So if you feel warm while walking, pull a layer (see tip 1). And if you already feel sweaty patches on your back and under your arms, make sure you put on a coat as soon as you stop, do not wait until your body has cooled down. The sweat takes away your body heat and it will be difficult to warm up again.
5. Stay active
Since tip 4 advises you not to sweat too much, you want to exaggerate it, but you can help maintain a steady, constant core temperature by moving around. And do not wait until you feel cold. Then it is too late. Keep a constant temperature by walking, skiing, snowshoeing or even just doing some head, shoulders, knee and toe.