Travel Advice – Clothing for Colder Weather Travel

Corporate Housing - Travel TipsWhether you’re a first time visitor to Tucson or a seasoned business traveler, along with providing corporate housing solutions, we here at SunTree like to provide value and advice to our clients.  That’s why we like to share various travel tips like the one you’ll find below.  Because believe it or not, even though Tucson is known for its hot weather, in the winter months it can actually get pretty cold here, especially when the sun goes down.

So with that in mind, we thought we’d share this article with tips on how to prepare to dress for a climate that’s colder than what you’re accustomed to.  Whether you use it for your winter trip to Tucson or if you’re leaving Tucson to visit a colder climate, we hope you’ll find this information useful.

Today, I’m going to be giving tips to a man living in a tropical environment and he’s going to some place a lot more cooler.

This actually comes from my friend Kevin I know him on Twitter and he’s over in the Philippines… “Antonio, I’m going to be flying to Seoul, Korea in November and I need some advice on what to wear in the fall where temps can go as low as 6° C.” That’s 43° F for those of us over here in the United States.  “I know some basics based on what I’ve read from magazines like a navy pea coat, but I don’t want anything too large or too long. Now, how can I dress because I don’t want to spend a whole lot of money and I want something that I’ll be able to get my money’s worth out of?”

This is a great question and I understand where Kevin’s coming from. He lives in the Philippines and it’s a tropical environment. If you’ve ever been to the Philippines or Southeast Asia, it’s hot. I mean, the Northern Australians can tell you I’ve been to Darwin. I’ve been to some of these places like Djibouti — well, that’s over in Africa, but in any case, it is hot and humid and there is no winter clothing in these places. And so, this is a man who most of his life has been used to this type of weather, and he’s going to be going to some place — I mean, we’re talking like a good 40° temperature drop. And so, how should he dress? How should he even get the clothing together to dress for a trip like this, and do this without spending a whole lot of money?

Well, the great part is he’s going to South Korea, and South Korea is one of the better shopping destinations. So my first bet is, don’t worry so much about this because if you don’t have something you need, you can pick it up in South Korea.

Now, that’s not going to help him much because he does want to get off that plane and he doesn’t want to be freezing his backside off, so the first thing I’m going to say to remember is that you want to cover all of the parts of your body except for your face, and that’s going to have a huge difference.

Often times, we think that we can put on a big, heavy jacket, not worry about anything around the neck, anything on the head, nothing on our hands, and we are losing a lot of heat from those parts of the body. We’ll wear a very thin pair of jeans or one pair of trousers with nothing underneath, and we think that we’re not going to lose as much heat, and there is a lot of logic in that you need to keep your core warm, so I’m going to advise you that one thing you can do is wear two undershirts, especially if you’re finding a performance undershirt or one that’s even made from wool. That’s going to help keep you warm and a sweater vest.

Those are all great things to keep your core warm, but don’t forget about your extremities. So keep all parts of your body not exposed to the air. I talked about it in one of my cold weather dressing videos, but they’ve done some research at one of the army labs here in the United States and they did show that you’re going to lose as much heat from around your neck, from around your hands, as you would on almost any other part of your body, including your head.

There’s this wise tale out there that — how does it go? You lose like 70% to 90% of the heat from your head. That’s not exactly true I talk about the whole logic behind that in another video, which I’ll probably just link to down below. But for Kevin, he’s going to want to make sure he gets off that plane with a good fitted pair of gloves, with a nice scarf, and with a good hat.

Now, when it comes to jacket, he’s talking about a pea coat That may be almost a little bit too much For 43°, at least here in the United States, we’re still over 10° above freezing, so a driving jacket would probably be just fine.

What I’m going to say is instead look to layer and wear thermals underneath. So underneath your trousers, make sure to have a pair of thermal underwear. In addition, pay attention to the makeup of the clothing that you’ll be wearing. Wear a lot of wool. Wool does a great job of keeping you cool in hot weather and keeping you warm in cold weather.

Don’t go for cotton. It does wick away some moisture especially if it’s woven in a gauze weave. It’s great for a shirt, but not in the winter. You’re just going to lose that heat immediately, so pay attention also to your gloves and to your scarf. Don’t go with anything cotton You should be able to find a wool cashmere blend in the scarf and that’s going to help a lot.

I talked about sweater vest… Boots, make sure to go with a pair of nice dress boots and that extra bit of covering is going to keep your ankles and part of your legs warm, and that’s an area that a lot of men forget about.

Did I miss anything? I think that covers about it. I would recommend a trench coat possibly, but it sounded like you didn’t want to go with a jacket that was really long, but I think a trench coat is really nice because even though it is long, what that does is it helps cover and protect that lower part of the body from the wind hitting you. And so, it should be something you consider – I think they’re very elegant It’s very classic. And if you’re going to invest in a good trench, that’s something that you’ll be able to use there in the Philippines as well especially if it’s an unlined trench.

All right, guys, I hope that helped out. Kevin, good luck on your trip.

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