Winter is taking it’s time arriving here.
Today the temperature was 13° Celsius even when it rained.
Only you can tell those who are “trained” to survive living on a boat or the outdoors.
They go everywhere dressed for bad weather be that cold and/or wet.
Or extremes of heat in summer when they usually wear multiple light weight layers and, tucked away in their bag, you’ll usually find a ‘pack-away’ waterproof.
Most everybody who leads an outdoors life dresses with the same thought in mind.
You can always take off excess clothing but you can’t put on what you haven’t got.
It’s that survival acronym COLD again.
C. is for clean.
Clean clothes, and not damaged, keep their insulation capabilities.
O. is for overheating.
Don’t sweat. It can cause you and your clothes to become wet due to perspiration.
This wicks the heat away from your body.
L. is for layers.
You control your body temperature by adding or removing clothing.
Dressing in layers allows for that and the air trapped between layers helps to further insulate your body from the ravages of cold weather.
D. is for dry.
This so links in with ‘O’ and overheating but get your clothing wet and they can lose all their insulation capabilities.
Only one other thing to think about really.
NO COTTON in the cold.
When cotton gets wet it provides no insulation and will quickly cool the skin.
That’s why outdoor clothing manufacturers use either man-made synthetic fabrics or wool, which ‘wick’ moisture away from the skin and retain warmth even when wet or damp.