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Travelling in cold weather

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"There is no such thing as bad weather, but there is such a thing as bad clothing." — Swedish proverb

Cold weather is common around the year in the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as at high elevations, and during winter in temperate areas. Cold weather is part of everyday life for the residents of these areas, as well as travellers who pursue Nordic skiing or alpine skiing.

Cold weather is potentially lethal. In the Northern Hemisphere, several homeless people die from hypothermia every winter.


Below freezing point, you should cover your entire body. Don't neglect gloves or headwear. A naked head may not feel cold, but it can quickly drain the body of heat.

When it comes to materials, cotton is inefficient for heat preservation. Natural fur, duck or goose down, wool and microfiber are suitable.

Overnight stay

Staying outdoors overnight in freezing weather should be done only with great caution and careful planning, in a shelter with a sleeping bag. Everything outside the sleeping bag will freeze.

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