's cold outside!

Are you struggling to keep warm in chilly weather?

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Get ready to conquer the cold by dressing in three layers with accessories.

Dressing in Layers

Dressing in layers isn't just a matter of fashion — it's essential for staying warm and comfortable in cold weather.

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  • helps regulate your body temperature

  • keeps you dry by wicking away moisture from your skin

  • allows you to easily adjust your clothing to changing weather conditions throughout the day

1. Base Layer

Start with a base layerthe layer next to your skin.

For example, you might pick a long-sleeved shirt.

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Do choose materials that wick moisture away from your skin, such as merino wool or synthetic fabrics.


Don't choose cotton. Cotton traps moisture and can make you feel cold and damp.

2. Middle Layer

Add a middle layerthe layer goes between your base layer and your outer layer. This is an insulation layer that traps heat close to your body.

For example, you might pick a fleece jacket, vest, sweater, or hoodie.

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Do choose materials like fleece, down, or synthetic insulation. These materials provide warmth without adding too much weight or bulk.


Don't choose clothing that is too tight or too loose. Make sure the middle layer fits well so that it helps you regulate your body temperature and stay comfortable.

3. Outer Layer

Finish with an outer layeryour protection from harsh elements.

This might be a winter or ski jacket, parka, or raincoat.

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Do choose materials that are waterproof and windproof to protect you from the rain, snow, and wind. Make sure it includes essential features such as hoods, zippers, and pockets to keep you comfortable and organized.


Don't choose an outer layer made of cotton or other materials that absorb moisture. This will make you feel cold and damp, even if the outer layer is waterproof.

4. Accessories

Lastly, don't forget accessoriesadditional clothing items that help keep your extremities warm.

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  • Hat: keeps heat from escaping from your head

  • Gloves: keep your hands warm and protected

  • Scarf: protects your neck and face from cold and wind

Quiz Time!

John is planning a winter hike in the mountains. He wants to make sure he stays warm and comfortable throughout the day.

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Which of the following should he NOT do when dressing in layers for cold weather?

A. Start with a base layer that wicks moisture away from the skin.

B. Add a middle layer made of cotton.

C. Choose an outer layer that is waterproof and windproof.

D. Wear gloves to keep his hands warm and protected.


Select the correct answer:

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