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What to Wear on a Winter Trip


Stay Warm

  • Air is a poor conductor of heat
    • More trapped air --> more insulation 
  • Maximize effectiveness of clothing by being sure nothing is getting compressed
    • Avoid tight-fitting layers

Stay Dry

  • Synthetics or Wool, not Cotton
    • Cotton does not dry and wet clothes are cold
    • Synthetics wick moisture away from the skin and dry quickly
  • Layers
    • -Remove insulation when moving to prevent sweating 
  • A waterproof shell (raincoat AND rain pants)
    • -should fit over most of your insulating layers

Generic Example

Upper Body

  • Thick, synthetic or wool base layer
  • Fleece
  • Down puffy coat with hood
  • Hard shell jacket with hood

Lower Body

  • Thick, synthetic or wool base layer
  • Fleece pants
  • Hard shell pants


  • Wool/synthetic hat
  • Balaclava


  • Liner gloves 
  • Mittens
  • Hard shell mittens (that fit over liners and light mittens)


  • Thick wool or synthetic socks
  • Boots that are both waterproof and insulated
  • Gaiters