Us Brits love talking about the weather but the reality is that in the UK we generally have it pretty easy: not too hot in summer and not too cold in winter.
But it’s those in-between nights that can catch you out when you’re camping or glamping.
We’re big believers in keeping cosy, so we’ve put together eight top tips on how you can keep warm when you’re enjoying the outdoors…
1. Layer Up
You may well have heard this before, but one trick to staying comfortable whatever the weather is layers.
Different layers work brilliantly at trapping warm air and keeping you snug and are also more practical.
One big fleece only gives your internal thermostat 2 options – uncomfortably hot or cold.
Lots of layers means you can fine tune your temperature so you’re always just right.
2. Fuel your fire
Your body is like a furnace, producing heat through activity and chemical reactions and, like any furnace, it needs fuel.
Making sure that you eat and drink enough has a big impact on your core temperature, but the foods that you choose can help as well.
When the temperature drops don’t be tempted to fill your tummy with rich and creamy foods, superfoods – packed with nutrients and antioxidants are all that your body needs to keep you toasty.
- Try oats in a warming bowl of porridge, oats are a whole grain with huge amounts of protein.
- Snuggle up with a hot chocolate and add a couple of squares of dark chocolate – it’s packed with antioxidants.
- Heat up your core with a spicy chilli. The peppers and chilli help boost metabolism and fight fat.
3. Don’t sit on the Ground
If you’re sitting on the ground or on a rock, your precious body heat is being absorbed away from you.
You lose heat through conduction whenever your body comes into direct contact with something cold.
So, sitting on a log, chair, mat or a fluffy sheepskin will all help you stay warmer for longer.
4. Avoid cotton base layers
Base layers (the layer of clothing you wear next to your skin) are really important in keeping you warm and dry – their most important function is to move moisture away from your skin so that you stay warm.
Whilst most people might just throw on a favourite t-shirt, cotton is (surprisingly) the worst choice for a base layer – it absorbs a lot of water quickly and takes ages to dry.
You’ll be fine on a summer’s day, but wearing cotton next to your skin in cold, wet conditions is a bad choice.
Instead choose man-made fibres that are hydrophobic (meaning that they repel water and usually wick moisture away quickly) or, if you can, go for Merino wool.
It has excellent wicking abilities and can absorb a high quantity of water before it feels cold and damp.
5. Protect your extremities
When our core temperature drops, our bodies’ main goal is to keep our vital organs warm. To help this, it reduces the blood flow to our extremities to increase the blood and heat flow to more essential areas.
A hat, decent socks and a good pair of gloves (or even better, mittens – which allow your fingers to warm each other) will help keep you snug. A scarf is also great as the blood vessels in your neck run close to the surface which means heat is lost more quickly.
Because your body will ‘sacrifice’ your extremities to keep your vital organs warm, if your hands or feet are cold, it can be a sign that you’re not doing a good enough job at keeping your whole body warm. So, if your hands or legs start to feel chilly, it might be a good idea to add another layer too.
6. Choose a Breathable, Windproof Jacket
Ever emerged from an outdoor swim and shivered in a light breeze/ When your skin gets wet and is exposed to wind, it cools down up to four times faster than when you are dry.
A good windproof jacket will stop all the lovely warm air that your body is heating up from being stripped away. Choose a jacket that’s breathable and it means that excess moisture can evaporate and escape too.
7. Don’t get too hot
We’re all for keeping cosy, but it’s worth making sure you don’t get TOO hot.
As physical activity increases so does the amount of heat your body produces, causing you to sweat. Once sweaty you’ll get cold much more quickly when you stop moving.
As you warm up, open venting zips or take off a layer or two, this will help you sweat less and help the moisture evaporate quickly.
Equally, when you stop being active, or sit down at the end of a long day, put on an extra layer to make sure you don’t start to get cold.
We’re big fans of Welsh Blankets which are great to wrap up in when you’re sat under the stars at night.
8. Beware of booze
A hot toddy may warm your cockles, but it’s only good for you at the right time.
Alcohol does have a warming effect and the resulting rosy cheeks are because of ‘vasodilation’ – when blood vessels widen and circulation increases.
A nice warming brandy, or glass of red is great if you are inside wearing dry clothing and trying to warm up, but when you’re outside – widening blood vessels will encourage heat loss.
“There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” – Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Got any tips you’d add? Get in touch and let us know.
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