No matter if you’re planning to take a hike in the midwinter or early fall/late spring, the cold should always be your concern. Depending on your location, you can encounter low temperatures that can not only make your trip 10 times harder but also leave you with various injuries or illnesses. So, in order to have a comfortable hike, here’s what you need to have with you during your cold-weather adventures.
The base layer is extra important
This is where the magic happens, so make sure to have a good base layer of clothing that will keep your body temperature normal and rid your body of sweat. No matter if it’s cold or hot outside, when you’re active, you will sweat, but that normal bodily function can be very dangerous in winter.
Make sure to have a good base layer that will keep your dry instead of cold and damp. Every woman will need quality high-performance underwear and a good sports bra. What you want from your sports crop top is support, comfort and quality materials. The best items are made of synthetic materials so that they retain their wicking properties and breathability.
The insulation layer is key to maintaining body heat because it keeps hot air close to your body. In general, people opt for the middle layer made of wool, fleece or down. If you live somewhere wet and humid, it’s best to choose something synthetic.
Outer shell for element protection
When the weather gets wet and windy, you will want to have another layer of protection during your hikes to keep your clothes dry and your body warm. It’s best to opt for something water-resistant yet breathable. Stay away from heavy ski jackets, though—a water-proof shell is more than enough.
Pants for extra warmth
If you’re wearing good tights as your base layer, you will still want something extra for cold and wet days. If the weather is cold by dry, fleece pants are a good choice, but if the weather gets wet, you’ll benefit from water-proof pants.
Protect your feet
If you expect to run into snow, make sure to wear waterproof boots that provide protection from moisture and cold. In case the snow gets very deep, gaiters will come in handy to keep snow out of your footwear and provide some additional warmth. Another thing to keep in mind is socks—you will want to have something synthetic or wool hugging your feet. Thicker models provide more warmth but ensure they are not too tight, otherwise, they can cut off your circulation and make things much worse for you.
Keep your face cozy
Cold winds, snow and rain can hit your face pretty hard, so make sure to pack a neck gaiter you can wear as a face mask. When it comes to your ears and head, a good winter hat or headband will be just what you need. Certain neck gaiters can also be used as ear protection, so pick a good model.
Don’t forget about your hands
If you expect super cold weather, you will need regular fleece gloves and waterproof shell mittens on top. Gloves are usually small, so you can pack an extra pair of fleece ones and keep them in your backpack if your hands get wet and cold.
A few pro tips:
Here are a few things people usually forget to pack when going on a hike, especially when the weather is cold or snowy: sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm. Some of the worst sun-damage can happen on sunny days of hiking in the snow, so stay protected.
Cold-weather hikes can be amazing experiences as long as you stay warm, cozy and safe. Your gear can make even the coldest winter days more comfortable and perfect for your long hikes, so stay equipped and hit the trek without any worries.