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How To Stay Warm in Winter ( Cold Weather Tips for Outdoor Activities and Adventures )

Updated on June 13, 2014

Winter Wonderland Awaits!

Winter weather waits for no one.
Winter weather waits for no one. | Source

Work, Play and Safety Doesn't Stop For Winter.

Winter weather is a blessing and a curse. Along with the pleasures of sledding, snowmen, snowball fights and ice skating; we have the burden of dealing with icy toes, frozen hands, colds and runny noses.

Work, play and emergencies all put you out in the elements during the winter seasons whether you like it or not. Keeping warm is the key to enjoying the great outdoors during the freezing months ahead of us.

Keeping your whole body warm is extremely important for your safety and your overall well being.

No more icy toes and more time for fun in the snow.
No more icy toes and more time for fun in the snow. | Source

DIY Foot Warmers

I hate cold feet. I mean, there is nothing that ruins a winters day outside like numb toe-sicles making you feel miserable. What makes it worse is if you have to wear Steel Toe Boots like I do. This trick, I will call "Poor Peoples Thinsulate", can make a $40 pair of steel toe boots as warm as a $140 composite toe pair!

You will need a roll of paper towels! Also, it helps to start with dry socks and boots. (this will help even if your socks are damp and feet a cold!)

Its not too complicated, just tear off a large 6-8ft section of towel and wrap the towel around your feet (especially around your toes). You should be able to slip your covered foot back into your boots, if not remove a small amount then try again. You will feel a gradual warmth after you walk around a bit and your feet will stay warm thanks the towels insulating and keeping your feet dry and toasty.

Warm, dry and ready for snow!
Warm, dry and ready for snow! | Source

Dry Hands are Warm Hands

Here is a trick for warm hands. This one seems unorthodox but it is functional. Put plastic (surgical?) gloves underneath insulated gloves to keep your hands comfortable when working in wet and snowy conditions. The idea behind this, which is similar to putting paper towels around your feet, is the idea that it keeps your hands dry=warm.

Beautiful and bitter snow.
Beautiful and bitter snow. | Source

Some Other Tips!

  • Keep your head (especially your ears) covered up. Heat will escape from your head so keep all that warmth in by wearing a thick hoodie or your favorite toboggan.
  • You are not too cool to wear coveralls. These are hands down the best investment you can make if you spend time outside. The wind can cut thru almost all fabrics but a thick set of coveralls does wonders keeping your body warm and dry.
  • Finally, Keep moving your body. The more you move, more blood pumps to your fingers, toes and ears making you warmer, happier and healthier in the process.

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    • Highvoltagewriter profile image

      William Benner 2 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Very useful hub filled with good information. Thanks for sharing!

    • rustedmemory profile image

      David Hamilton 3 years ago from Lexington, KY

      With the Polar Vortex upon the United States, please remember if you don't have to be outside, try to limit exposure.

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      Michaela 3 years ago from Australia

      Wow, I love the idea of DIY footwarmers. Sounds like you're an experienced cold-weather-dweller. Living in Australia I really don't have to worry about stuff like this but it's good to know, just in case.

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      Moon Daisy 3 years ago from London

      These are indeed great and useful tips rustedmemory. I have terrible circulation and fingers and toes go numb, so I am grateful for this hub, and will be taking your advice!