The weather is changing, getting colder and wetter as we approach winter.
It is time again to look at the clothing that we wear on our outings, whether it is a backpacking trip or a close to home camp out, we need to be aware that what we have on is just as important, if not more important that what we carry.
Layering is the tried and true way of making sure you stay warm and dry in the fall and winter. Come to think of it, it will keep you cool in the summer too… but lets focus on the Fall and Winter.
Now that your cotton clothing is gone.. lets look at your layers.
You will have 3 layers.
A Base layer, which is against your body and manages moisture.
A Mid layer, which insulates you and keeps you warm.
And a Shell layer, which protects you from the weather.
Your Base layer consists of clothing against your skin. Your next-to-skin layer should be materials such as silk, wool or synthetic fabrics such as REI MTS®, Patagonia® Capilene®, Polartec® PowerDry® and CoolMax® polyester. Rather than absorbing moisture, these fabrics transport (or “wick”) perspiration away from your skin, dispersing it on the outer surface, where it can evaporate. The result: You stay drier even when you sweat, and your shirt dries faster afterwards.
Your Mid layer, the insulating layer helps you retain heat by trapping air close to your body. Polyester fleece vests, jackets and tights are classic examples of insulation ideal for outdoor activities. They not only trap air but are also made with moisture-wicking fibers to help keep you dry.
Dress in layers and you will stay warm and dry this winter. As you get warm, loose a layer, as you get cold, put them back on. Loose in layers will ensure that you have great camping experiences in the fall and winter.
Have a Great Scouting day!