Preparing and dealing with hot weather is practically a sport in Singapore. When the temperature can be as stifling as 81 degrees Fahrenheit, keeping cool is a necessary skill.
Knowing how to keep warm, however, is a bit more unfamiliar for Singaporeans. This is because the coldest temperatures the typical Singaporean citizen has to struggle against probably comes from an air conditioner on full blast in the office.
In temperate countries like Singapore and neighboring Malaysia, no one has to bother with layering clothing to stay warm. Even in the midst of Singapore’s numerous reservoirs and forests, an insulated down jacket will usually be enough to keep you warm.
So how does one prepare for true cold? If you’re traveling abroad to a country during their Fall or Winter season, it’s important to pack proper gear. Chilly in Singapore registers at 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures in Japan, a popular year-end destination for Singaporeans, can go as low as 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Being prepared might spell the difference between an unforgettable holiday, and an uncomfortable trip that can either get you sick, or stuck in your hotel room.
You probably already have a basic idea of what to bring on a trip to somewhere cold. Jackets, long-sleeved shirts, and hats. Earmuffs, gloves, and scarves are probably low on the list of clothing to buy for most Singaporeans. However, when going to cold countries, these little peripheral accessories go a long way in protecting you from conditions like frostbite or chilblain, a type of skin irritation and inflammation caused by exposure to the cold.
The type of footwear you choose is also critical. Choose socks that are made of material that can trap heat but is breathable at the same time. Wool socks are comfortable, and are great for insulation. As for footwear, choose shoes that have traction and are waterproof, like winter boots. All terrain, heavy-duty boots with snow grips probably won’t be necessary unless you plan to hike on your trip.
Layering properly is crucial to staying warm in cold weather. People from tropical and temperate countries might not know how to layer properly. Back home, the question is how to best wearlessdue to the heat, not more.
The purpose of layering actually isn’t to get you to sweat. On the contrary, the objective is to stay dry, as sweating and moisture will increase your chances of getting hypothermia, or just plain uncomfortable.
The trick is to know what to wear for each layer. There are usually three layers of clothing involved, and people take off or wear more to maintain a stable body temperature.
Luggage for cold weather isn’t terribly different from your usual adventure backpacks. They should be durable, water-resistant (waterproof if climbing up snowy slopes is a part of your itinerary), and just the right size for the duration of your trip. You may also want to bring a smaller backpack where you can keep your essentials. There’s no fun in lugging around all your stuff when out on a day trip in the city! We have a great selection of compact and durable day packs that you can just stuff into your bigger pack when you’re done.
Travelling to colder countries can be a refreshing reprieve from the heat. Just make sure you’re properly packed, dressed, and prepared for it so you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about losing a digit to frostbite, or going home with terrible flu. Check out our Winter Sale for some great discounts on jackets, long-sleeved shirts, and winter accessories.
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