3. Invest in a hat, scarf and gloves
Over the years you’ve probably been given loads of hat and glove sets. Well now’s the time to get them out. They are the most practical thing when it comes to the cold, they come in every style and colour imaginable so you’ll find something that suits you.
- if you’re got a bobble hat, it’s more difficult to put your hood up.
- if it’s a rainy day, it might be worth taking 2 sets of gloves when one gets wet and your hands get cold, swap into your spare pair.
Suffer from Raynald’s?
I suffer from Raynald’s where my fingers easily get white and numb in the cold. Once they go white, I’m unable to do anything with my hands. A game changer for me was some battery powered Outdoor Research gloves which I bought before going mountaineering in the Alps. I’ve never looked back – they were a life changing investment.
4. Keep your tootsies warm
Don’t neglect your feet. Letting them get too cold can lead to chilblains. Warm, thick socks or 2 thinner pairs should do the trick. And it’s not just the socks, thin soles on trainers such as Converse and Vans can seep the heat straight from your feet. Trainers with a thicker sole are good or invest in some winter boots. There’s plenty out there from fur lined Ugg boots to Gore-tex approach shoes.
5. Get some wellies and get sploshing!
I have a dog. We go on walks through muddy fields. It was inevitable that I would end up with a pair of wellies. Like I’ve mentioned before, you get what you pay for most of the time; you have to weigh up how often you’re going to go out, and how long for and how much money you want to spend. My pair of ‘fashion’ Hunters lasted 3 years. I’ve since upgraded to Le Chameau and they’re awesome. Saying that, I also have a pair of little shortie wellies – leopard print with a bow, £10 from the market – which I use for around the garden, camping and occasional dog walks and they’re brilliant.
6. Buy a flask
Wow, has my flask seen some action lately! I always use my flask regularly for day walks and when we’re out climbing. In my local area (at the time of writing this – 23/10/2020) we can only meet friends outside within out tier 3 area. My flask has now made it’s way into an integrated part of my social life.
- Remember to warm up the flask with hot water beforehand to keep it hotter for longer.
- It’s not just tea or coffee that can go in flasks; hot juice and hot soup work a treat.
7. Get active and generate your own heat
We all know that our bodies more generate heat when we start moving more, so on a cold day head out and get your heart rate pumping. You could go up your local hills or go for a power walk, run or cycle with friends.
8. Explore somewhere new
Tired of going round and round the same old loop in your park?
Ordnance Survey’s GetOutside initiative is a great starting point for local walks and bike ride. Another great source of information is the National Trust and Woodland Trusts websites. You may be in a city with not much green space. But that doesn’t matter, make the most of your urban landscape, just get out and explore your neighborhood etc.