Dressing yourself for extreme weather can get a little tricky. Whether the forecast calls for a polar vortex or a heat wave, being proactive about dressing appropriately can help keep you protected in the long run. Depending on the season, here are a few ways to help prepare you, your family and your wardrobes for extreme elements.
Whether Jack Frost is bringing subzero temperatures or a blizzard, dressing in loose-fitting layers can be the trick to helping keep you warm and dry if you find yourself outside during extreme winter weather. Think of dressing yourself like an onion — layer upon layer of thin clothing wrapped with a protective layer to help maintain your body temperature. Here are some basics on layering:
If you find yourself getting heated when shoveling the snow from your driveway and sidewalk, or throwing snowballs with your kids in your winter gear, consider peeling off some layers to help cool yourself off, according to the Mayo Clinic. Also, be sure to keep extra pairs of gloves and socks handy in your car or home during the winter weather season. Digging out from an unexpected snowstorm while you’re at work or running errands may leave your hands and feet cold and wet, and a change into dry gloves and socks can help give you warm relief and potentially help protect against frostbite, says Read.gov. A blanket stored in your car can also help keep you warm in an emergency. Check out my printable checklist to create your own emergency car kit.
When hot weather strikes, you may want to take a dip in the pool or hide inside and enjoy the air conditioning. You’ll likely have to deal with the heat at some point, though, so it’s a good idea to know the right ways to dress to stay as cool as possible. Not only do you have to think about trying to help keep your body cooled from the extreme high temperatures, you have the added risk of a sunburn. Here are some suggestions for dressing in the summer weather:
It’s important to take the weather (extreme or not) into consideration as you stand in front of the closet trying to decide what to wear for the day. Don’t get caught being seasonably under- or over-dressed!