When the temperature drops, it’s understandable to want to stay indoors. But exercise and fresh air are essential for a healthy mind, body, and spirit so don’t shy away from a walk, bike ride, or hike just because it’s a little chilly and wet. With the right gear, you’ll be glad you ventured out in no time.

Layer On Up!

It should come as no surprise that dressing in layers is the key to staying warm, dry, and toasty. While it’s important to understand each layer’s purpose, it’s always a good idea to pack all three in the event the weather changes unexpectedly. Today’s performance gear can often roll-up into tiny spaces, so there’s no excuse for being unprepared.

  1. Inner Layer: Your base layer is designed to keep you dry by wicking sweat away from your skin.
  2. Middle Layer: This is the layer that truly keeps you warm by retaining your body’s heat and shielding you from the elements. Fleece and wool are great options to pick here.
  3. Outer Layer: As the name describes, this layer is essential for protecting you from the rain, snow, and wind, and for keeping all of your layers dry. Try to find something water-resistant or waterproof.

Accessorize Your Extremities

Your hands, head, and feet are the first to feel the cold. It’s best to cover up before marching out the door. The more comfortable and dry you can keep your body, hands, and feet, the longer you can enjoy bringing your heart-rate up!

  1. Hands: Insulated gloves are a good choice, especially if they are waterproof.
  2. Head: Hats do a great job of trapping heat against your head. Colorful beanies are in abundant supply in either synthetics or wool. Be sure to keep your ears covered too. If rain is on the way, make sure to protect your head with a waterproof hood or umbrella.
  3. Feet: In cold, dry weather, most boots will suffice as long as you wear warm, thick socks with them. In wet, snowy conditions, seek out properly insulated, waterproof boots that will keep your feet dry and toasty.

Following these tips can make all the difference between being a happy (and warm) or grumpy camper.