If you are still wanting to get out this winter for a hike then don’t worry it is possible! Wearing layers is your answer. If you wear the correct layers while outside then you will be much more comfortable to you will stay dry and warm. Wearing multiple layers keeps you warm as each layer traps the heat between them.
What To Wear For Winter Hiking
A base layer is going against your skin so you want it to be quick-drying and lightweight. Long sleeve base layers are great for this. They keep you warm and dry by moving any sweat away from the skin. I usually wear merino base layers, they sit close to the skin and don’t irritate my skin. Just don’t wear cotton! It won’t take the sweat away from your skin and you will get cold and wet. For your legs, you can also get a base layer to give your legs an extra bit of warmth. Leggings for women are also a good choice if you have some.
A fleece works well here. I tend to wear another layer underneath the fleece as I struggle to keep the heat. However, you know yourself what would work. You don’t want something too baggy as it will let the heat out.
Depending on what you will be doing once you reach your destination you could wear an insulated (puffy) jacket or a shell layer. If you plan to sit about or not do as much activity once you get to your destination then a puffy jacket will keep you warm. If you are just out to hike then a shell layer will keep you dry and warm, although you may have to add another layer underneath depending on how cold it actually is. Remember if you wear an insulated jacket and you get too warm then you have to try and pack it away, which can be difficult as they are normally bulky.
Always best to invest in a good pair of boots. Make sure they are waterproof and comfy. Nothing worse than a pair of boots that hurt your feet. Make sure you wear a good pair of socks; I normally wear bridgedale socks. In winter I tend to wear a thicker pair than what I would do in the summer months. You could also wear a pair of gaiters to keep snow/debris from going in your boots.
Gloves and Hats
Pair of good gloves will keep your hands warm. Mittens will keep your hands warmer as all your fingers are together. A hat will keep your head warm and stop the heat escaping from your head.
If you tend to be on the chilly side like me then wearing another layer will be a good option. Always take extra layers in case you get cold. You can then remove or add layers as you go.
If you are looking for some winter sun holiday inspiration then we wrote about that a few weeks ago.