How to dress for winter
If you live in a warm climate you have probably never been faced with winterclothes before. And it is not just about getting more clothes, the material and how you use them are also important.
Dressing for winter means adding several different layers of clothes with different functions that togather will keep you nice and warm.
Also known as thermals. Thermals are the first layer of clothes you put on, and they form the basis of your dressing. And the termals are very important. Thermals should be made from a non-porus material, wool is the best one but synthetics and silk works really well to. What you should avoid is plant based materials like cotton, bamboo and hemp. All plant materials are made from cellulose wich will trap any moisture agianst your skin and cool you down. This is also important for socks, cotton socks are the worst thing you can put on your feet in cold weather.
After your thermals you need to add insulation. The most important property of the insulation layers is that they contain a lot of air. Fleece is a very good material for this. But most cloths do a fairly good job. You should avoid heavy fabrics such as jeans. And your insulating layers shuld have a slightly loose fit this will trap aditional air to provide better insulation.
The last layer needs to protect from the weather. It has to be windproof and waterresistant. This layer may be a thick jacket or pants with insulation aswell or just a thin outer layer on top och other insulating layers. A thicker outer jacket means less insulating layers under.
For gloves it is good to have a thin pair of gloves for taking pictured and handling phones and suchlike. But you should also have a pair of thicker gloves for activities such as snowmobiling and dogsledding. The Thicker gloves have to be windproof, materials such as fleece will not work.
Headweas is very important since your head in general is porly protected from the cold. A thick hat is recomended. But the most important thing to get as head and neckprotection is either a skimask or eaven better a "Buff". The buff or some similar type of headwear is a effective and versitile way of keeping your face and neck from frezring.
For your feet you want to start with a thin pair of socks made from wool or synthetics. Then you want one or two pairs of thicker socks on top of that, and finally a pair of high boots that keeps the snow out. NEVER put any cotton or other plant fibres agianst your feet, if you do you will freeze no matter what, and when your feet start frezing ally of you will feel really cold.
When choosing winterclothes it is very important not to have too small sizes. Remember that you will wear several layers of other clothes under and that the clothes should still feel loose. This is especially important with shoes, you need at least one size bigger than normal, and often eaven 2 or 3 sizes bigger than normal. You should be able to move your feet inside really warm winterboots. And no one up here will judge you because your clothes look big, good winterclothes will look bulky.
For guests as Abisko Guesthouse
When arriving at Abisko Guesthouse you will be provided with some winterclothes if needed. The following clothes will be provided:
Insulated overalls that is both windproof and waterresistant.
Boots and thick socks.
Warm hats with good earprotection.
Good and thick gloves
These items of clothing are not provided:
Thermals and aditional insulation betwean thermals and overall.
Thin baselayer socks
Thin gloves for handling phones and cameras.