Dress and eat right for smart cold weather travel

If you are a skier then arguably you already know how to dress for cold weather activities. But if still seeking the secret to staying warm during a Chicago winter or are visiting friends and relatives in Minnesota or northern Michigan, you probably could use some tips.

Watching winter outdoor activities such as dogsledding at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois is fun if dressed for the occasion

Watching winter outdoor activities such as dogsledding at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois is fun if dressed for the occasion

  • You may just think you know the warmest winter jacket and best gloves to buy or how to layer. But before buying such items, talk to the experts at a sporting goods store such as ErehwonDick’sSports Authority or REI. They can talk to you about how an ultra-thin, long-sleeved shirt under a thin sweater will keep you warm without the bulk. Same goes for thin tights under jeans or slacks.
  • Take advantage of sales. Even though January has come and gone, don’t put off buying cold weather clothes until next winter. The good stuff that costs hundreds of dollars in December typically is marked half price in late January and in February.
  • Plan outdoor activities near or around a place to get an indoor snack or take a meal break. It doesn’t take a lot of exposure to below freezing temperatures to get frost bite or breathe in too much icy air. Your ears and insides will thank you for that hot chocolate break. In addition, try to do healthy calorie loading and not over-eat before heading out.
  • You already know a well-dressed traveler has a handy cell phone. Now, go one better and charge it before leaving and remember to pack two chargers, one for a regular outlet and one for a vehicle.

Enjoy winter, it is easier than you think.

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