There’s nothing worse than stepping out on a cold winter morning to start the car and the engine rolls over, but refuses to hit that spark and fire to life. It’s that realization that suddenly strikes you. “You mean I have to walk in this crap?”
Well, the only thing to do is ensure that you have the necessary means to survive the cold and ward off anything serious, like frostbite. I’ve had frostbite, it isn’t fun. With all the fashion crazes out there, I have to say I go for functionality over fashion. I want to be warm. I’m sure I’ll look much better being warm than with the latest trend, but looking like an icicle.
The key is layering. Make sure you’ve got enough layers on in order to keep warm outside and warm inside. You don’t want to wear a big bulky sweater inside, only to find that it’s too hot, but removing it will mean you’re too cold. So start off with something simple. Like a turtle neck shirt. Thin, but warm, it’s the basis of the layering. It’s the last article of clothing that will be worn should it get too hot in the office.
Next on the list is something warm that goes over the shirt. In this case, I chose a bunny hug hoodie (yes, dammit, I said BUNNY HUG HOODIE) and a fleece lined vest. Stylish while at the same time very warm. As it is, neither of these articles of clothing ever goes out of style, plus it gives to look that tells people “I’m damn warm.”
Of course, the next item has to be something that covers up your neck. Sorry, but the turtle neck alone ain’t gonna do it. You’ll need a scarf for this. A good, heavy scarf will do the trick. Me, I’ve got a few, which includes this lovely number I got for Christmas a few years back. In extreme cold situations, I also have a scarf my mom knitted for me, that’s about six feet in length. If that won’t keep out the cold, then nothing will. The scarf, if long enough, can also double as a neck warmer and be wrapped around your head to help keep you warm. Combined with the hood of the BUNNY HUG HOODIE, that should do the trick. Alternatively, a tuque will ensure that your forehead and ears are kept snug and warm.
Next on the list is a decent jacket. Depending on the temperature, you can settle for a good fleece lined wind breaker. Especially if there is little to no wind. On much windier days, get ready to pull on a thick, down filled jacket, like a parka. I honestly like the military surplus jackets, which I bought in Saskatoon at Quinn the Eskimo. But for days like today, which are still cold, but not too bad, I opted for the fleece lined wind breaker.
Gloves come next, as you have to keep the fingers dry and warm. The three places that cold air can affect a person are the head, the feet and the hands. Keep those three warm and you should be safe. A pair of gloves made with Thinsulate should help, and it doesn’t matter what they look like, as long as you have good mobility in your fingers. For colder weather, keep the smaller gloves, but have a good, thick pair of snowmobile gloves on standby.
Let’s not forget the last piece of clothing that you will need when getting ready to head out on a walk in the winter wonderland of Saskatchewan. Shoes. While you don’t need a pair of snowmobilie boots, as the snow is not that deep, nor snow shoes, you still need a good pair of shoes to keep the toes warm. So your loafers, no good. Leave ’em at home. I’m sure everyone in the office can forgive you if you’re wearing a good pair of insulated hickers. Hickers are good, because they are tough, durable and warm. Combine that with the fact that many look really good, and you’re good to go.
With all of these little tid bits, you’ll be good for the cold weather outside. Just make sure that you have a good route to go that keeps you sheltered if the wind does decide to pick up. Keeping warm is the key, and keep your thoughts on that destination, because at the end of it all is a good cup of coffee or cocoa that could very well be waiting for you.
Stay tuned, because in the coming days I’ll take a look at what your car needs for continued winter survival. From the outside to the inside, in the event that you ever should become stranded.
Until next time…
…keep ’em flyin’!
Edits brought to you by Zodi. Keeping Tim Americanized (sorta) since 2007.