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Stuart G

(38,650 posts)
Mon Jan 27, 2014, 09:01 AM Jan 2014

This can help to stay warm if you go outside and it is 10 below (for a short time layers..(cheap)

This is a suggestion, may or may not work for you, but should help..

Can a person stay warm outside for relatively cheap..if ten below??
and.... for a relatively short time...., if you must go out..
Well..yes...this is a suggestion...maybe it will work for you.......
. but it requires some planning..(not much.)

First..it is not pretty, but I do not enter clothes contests..those days are over..
(when this cold, no one cares what anyone looks like, anyway..)

What do you need?...nothing extra, you probably have these items already...here we go.

two tee shirts.
three old sweat shirts. (change to one old sweat shirt)
maybe 2 heavy sweaters over the sweat shirt .
one light spring/ fall jacket
one heavy winter jacket.
one good hat., and a ski mask. to cover face..
and two scarves...very important to have at least one very good scarf over face. (wrapped around the face)
good strong pants.
maybe a pair of sweat pants under your pants.
good gloves, and a pair of mittens over gloves..
decent shoes or boots, with two pair of socks on feet..

So it is very very cold. Those two or three sweat shirts, covered by the sweater and light spring jacket, covered by your winder coat, will keep you warm..Of course, yes, it is a good winter coat, but the other layers act as insulation on top of each other. Ski mask and scarves protect face, and the

scarf around face warms the air that enters lungs....that is extremely important.

It isn't pretty but it would work for maybe 10/15 minutes, or till the car warms up, or the bus comes.
....this is not a new idea, but enough layers,and there enough layers here, can keep you warm, for relatively inexpensive amount. but you must have those scarves on your face to warm the air entering your lungs. This is what I read....people can argue about this,,that is ok.....take it as a suggestion that might work. worked for me..
Everyone has their own way to deal with this. This is mine.. All other suggestions are desired and wanted , please add your own..because .......

.... it is cold out there..................

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This can help to stay warm if you go outside and it is 10 below (for a short time layers..(cheap) (Original Post) Stuart G Jan 2014 OP
Layers are the key. Tobin S. Jan 2014 #1
Layers are good, t-shirts and sweat shirts not so much. Scuba Jan 2014 #2
Thank you.. Stuart G Jan 2014 #3
We're talking about doing it in a pinch with what you have. Tobin S. Jan 2014 #4
Wearing pantyhose helps, too. Lars39 Jan 2014 #5
I work outside all day every day. riderinthestorm Jan 2014 #6
My bathrobe and fuzzy slippers are enough for a few minutes The Velveteen Ocelot Jan 2014 #7
PANTYHOSE LiberalEsto Jan 2014 #8
furs, nothing better. followed by down jackets and pants. loli phabay Jan 2014 #9
I'm outside for up to 2 hours in temps down to 20 below, windchill not included magical thyme Jan 2014 #10
I have learned something new from this thread. A Simple Game Jan 2014 #11
when it gets cold here Kali Jan 2014 #12

Tobin S.

(10,420 posts)
1. Layers are the key.
Mon Jan 27, 2014, 09:12 AM
Jan 2014

I work outside for part of the day and I stay moving so I don't need quite as many layers as you, but I'm still bundled up pretty well. T-shirt, thermal shirt, long sleeve work shirt, bib overalls, and a work coat on my upper body. I have sweats on my lower body underneath my pants. Toboggan and gloves and work boots. Sometimes I'll use a scarf, too.



(53,475 posts)
2. Layers are good, t-shirts and sweat shirts not so much.
Mon Jan 27, 2014, 09:14 AM
Jan 2014

They're made of cotton, which absorbs moisture and will leave you cold.

Wool and other fabrics which retain heat even when damp are far preferable.

Stuart G

(38,650 posts)
3. Thank you..
Mon Jan 27, 2014, 09:34 AM
Jan 2014

So, I might change the op, to say two sweaters, maybe one sweat shirt, ,maybe none.. still the layers are very very good, and everyone has old warm sweaters around. ....more layers...oh, can I add this...do we really need the following terms>>>>>>>

"wind chill" and "polar vortex"...It is windy and very cold...protect ourselves...it ain't new..thanks for ideas..we need more..

Tobin S.

(10,420 posts)
4. We're talking about doing it in a pinch with what you have.
Mon Jan 27, 2014, 09:36 AM
Jan 2014

Personally, I don't need to buy any special clothing for cold weather beyond a coat and a toboggan. It's been abnormally cold here this winter, but that's rare. So instead of investing in clothing that I may only use a few times, I've been using what I already have.



(23,272 posts)
6. I work outside all day every day.
Mon Jan 27, 2014, 10:53 AM
Jan 2014

My recommendation is a pair of tights instead of sweat pants under your pants. Snow pants over the jeans.

On top I use silk or UnderArmor as the first layer - cotton absorbs and holds the sweat which can be pretty dangerous. I always wear a wool or thinsulate vest to keep my trunk warm. Layers of your choice on top of that topped by a down coat. Nothing works for me like down.

I only use one pair of SmartWool socks. I've found that two pairs of socks make my feet feel "crammed", then they do get cold. My husband always wears two pairs of socks however. Swears by it.

Hat, gloves, scarf - yup. I've found that for me if I keep my trunk and legs warm, my extremities are far less likely to get cold.

The Velveteen Ocelot

(117,291 posts)
7. My bathrobe and fuzzy slippers are enough for a few minutes
Mon Jan 27, 2014, 12:17 PM
Jan 2014

to go out and refill the bird feeder. For longer than that one definitely needs a coat. But I'm not sure you need as many clothes as you list unless you're going to be out for quite a long time. I don't think I could even move if I wore that many layers. For normal errand running in this weather (it's -15 this morning) I wear jeans or chinos, wool socks, a pair of lined Crocs (yes, they're hideous), a turtleneck, a sweatshirt or a sweater, a hooded winter coat, a scarf and gloves - that's plenty, especially if I'm in and out of a car or buildings. If I had to be outside for hours, then I'd probably also wear long underwear, high boots, and a warm hat. Layers will keep you warmer, but you don't want to wear so many clothes that you overheat and get sweaty - that just makes things worse. The most important thing is to cover exposed skin if it is very windy, because of the danger of frostbite.



(22,845 posts)
Mon Jan 27, 2014, 12:54 PM
Jan 2014

Wear pantyhose under your pants, whether you're male or female. That thin layer of nylon makes a huge difference and doesn't add bulk.

I learned this from a group of tough male factory workers while waiting at a bus stop on a frigid winter morning in Massachusetts, many years ago.

Doesn't matter if they have a few holes or runs.If you're a guy, ask a girlfriend for a used pair.


magical thyme

(14,881 posts)
10. I'm outside for up to 2 hours in temps down to 20 below, windchill not included
Mon Jan 27, 2014, 01:12 PM
Jan 2014

That seems like too many layers too me. You don't want to end up mummified. You need layers, but they should be loose enough to allow warmed air to circulate.

I sleep in sweats in the winter, so before I go out to take care of the pony, I add an extra layer of sweats. Last year I found some light weight sweats with hoods, which is great to seal the back of my neck. So up top I have 2 layers of sweats. Under the hood, I wear either a wool head band over my ears or a thin hat that covers my ears and cheeks and ties under my chin. Then the hood. Then the hat. And over the 2 sweats a comfortable down parka. And the scarf to cover my face up to my eyes and add more layers to my neck.

Down below I wear either 2 pairs of sweats or one pair of sweats and one pair of winter thermal pants, and one pair of high winter boots rated to 5 below. I bought a larger than needed size than needed to accomodate an extra pair of sox, but haven't needed them down to 20 below. For sox, I wear knee-high "fuzzy sox" -- very thick, soft and comfy. My feet have not been cold at all.

Oh, and don't forget the thermal gloves, although mittens work better than gloves due to shared heat. But I wear gloves to be able to do things with my hands...

A Simple Game

(9,214 posts)
11. I have learned something new from this thread.
Mon Jan 27, 2014, 04:14 PM
Jan 2014

I never wore a toboggan although I rode on one many times. Around here we call them toques.

Two things I swear by that I haven't seen mentioned, I always wear a hooded thermal sweatshirt and/or hooded jacket because the hood(s) helps keep my neck warm. I also like to wear one layer, preferably the outside layer, that is a windbreaker and water repellent.

Normal for me in cold weather: thermal shirt, T shirt, flannel shirt, hooded sweatshirt, and light windbreaker, thermal underwear and flannel lined pants. If very cold, windy, or long period of exposure, I will use a scarf.

Never dress too warm, better to be a little cool than too hot. Sweat is your enemy when the temperature is below zero.

I don't like sweatshirts as undergarments because they don't tuck into your pants well and always, at least on me, ride up and stay up exposing my waist. The hooded sweatshirts I do wear are the zip up jacket type. At least the two outside layers should have zippers in case you get too warm, you can open them without removing them. I like long shirts that tuck in well and stay tucked in even when you bend over. I used to use a union suit, or one piece thermal top and bottom, but don't have one anymore.

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