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How to Dress for a Snowstorm

Listen closely or risk ending up like Jack Nicholson in The Shining, minus the whole crazy axe part.


  • Step 1: Put on thermal underwear Over your regular undergarments, put on thermal long underwear.
  • Step 2: Layer shirts Layer your shirts by wearing the smallest and lightest first, then the next heaviest, until you have three or four comfortable layers. Top with a sweater.
  • TIP: Several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing conserves body heat more effectively than a single layer of heavy clothing.
  • Step 3: Slip on pants Slip on pants, taking care not to bunch up your thermal underwear (because that's never enjoyable). Tuck at least one of your shirts into your pants.
  • Step 4: Put on socks Now put on those thick, cozy socks. For maximum warmth, pull them over your thermal underwear pant legs.
  • TIP: Make sure your socks are made of a wool blend, not pure wool, which is itchy.
  • Step 5: Put on boots Now put on your boots. Remember: ice is slippery, so the thicker the treads, the better the boot.
  • TIP: Make sure your boots are waterproof.
  • Step 6: Put on scarf It's time to wrap your scarf around your neck--wear it under your coat to help keep heat in.
  • TIP: Breathing in very cold air can damage your lungs. If you're in extremely low temperatures, wear a ski mask.
  • Step 7: Put on winter coat Put on your winter coat, and button or zip it up all the way.
  • Step 8: Put on hat Put on a hat that covers your ears.
  • TIP: You lose half your body heat through your head, so risk the hat hair!
  • Step 9: Put on mittens Put on mittens.
  • TIP: Mittens keep your hands warmer than gloves.
  • Step 10: Wear sunglasses Wear sunglasses. The glare from the snow can hurt your eyes. Now you're ready to brave the elements!
  • FACT: The largest snowflake, measuring 15 inches wide, fell in Fort Keogh, Montana, in January 1887.

You Will Need

  • Underwear
  • Thermal underwear
  • At least three shirts made of cotton
  • cotton blend
  • or flannel
  • A sweater
  • made of cashmere or cotton
  • Pants made of denim
  • wool
  • or corduroy
  • Thick wool-blend socks
  • Waterproof leather or rubber boots with Gore-Tex lining
  • A scarf made of fleece
  • flannel
  • or wool
  • A heavy
  • hooded winter coat or wind-breaker lined with down or fur
  • A hat that covers the ears made of wool or insulated with wool or fur
  • Fleece-lined mittens
  • And sunglasses
  • Ski mask

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