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post #1 of 21 Old 06-30-2013, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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How to Cope with Cold Weather

Hoping someone can help me out, I'm a bit worried! My wonderful partner surprised me last Christmas with tickets overseas, for November this year. We are going to America, England then Ireland. I am sooo excited, but I'm really worried I'm going to freeze to death LOL! I am from tropical Australia, and I really struggle in our winters. Right now for instance, it's 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees Fahrenheit) and I'm SO cold!!!

What do you wear to keep warm? I have this image of me wearing so many jumpers I can't move my arms!

Any advice would be much appreciated
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Hoping someone can help me out, I'm a bit worried! My wonderful partner surprised me last Christmas with tickets overseas, for November this year. We are going to America, England then Ireland. I am sooo excited, but I'm really worried I'm going to freeze to death LOL! I am from tropical Australia, and I really struggle in our winters. Right now for instance, it's 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees Fahrenheit) and I'm SO cold!!!

What do you wear to keep warm? I have this image of me wearing so many jumpers I can't move my arms!

Any advice would be much appreciated
Layers. Depending on where you're going in Nov. You might need: a layer of thermal underwear, Tshirt, light sweater, heavy sweater, windbreaker, jacket. A warm hat, if your head and feet get cold, the rest of you will freeze. So, warm socks & boots.

I had an exchange student from the Canary Islands and she REFUSED to buy warm clothing. It was very interesting to see how many layers she'd put on to stay warm during one of our winters!
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Which areas are you visiting? I only ask because not all will be cold in November, some are just starting to finally get cool enough for comfort.

-We lose a lot of heat through our head so a nice warm hat helps
-Gloves
-Coat that actually stops the wind, should also be water proof for rain/snow
-You need shoes that will both keep your feet dry from outside water but will still breath so your feet don't sweat. An example of wrong is rubber boots, they'll keep your feet dry from puddles but your feet will sweat and not breath so you'll have a layer of cold sweat against your skin sapping heat. Right is shoes that use something like gortex, it will keep the wet out while still allowing you to breath (works well in jacktes, snow suits, rain gear, etc). Gortex is a brand name, there's other alternatives using different names.
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Gloves. Do not forget gloves!!

Depending on the person you may need to dress differently. If my hands and neck are not covered, it doesn't matter how much other stuff I'm wearing - I'll be cold!

If it helps as a frame of reference, I only use air conditioning in shared specs and 70 degrees makes me shiver.

What places are you going to and when? Some of us here may be from those places.
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In America we will be going to LA/NY. England and Ireland we will be travelling around a lot :)
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LA will likely be warm enough for you, it's got a pretty good year around temperature. NY will be another story and you'll definitely need those warm clothes.
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I would invest in Underarmor as a layer. LA stays pretty warm. And depending on weather patterns there is a chance NY wont be that bad. But then again there could be 3 feet of snow. Never can tell.

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Haha...you think you are going to 3 countries, but it will feel like 4. Louisiana and New York are more different than many countries are. Anyway, count on Louisiana being pleasant - light jacket weather, and New York being much colder - sweater + jacket weather, with a hood or wool scarf or ski-cap...
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Haha...you think you are going to 3 countries, but it will feel like 4. Louisiana and New York are more different than many countries are. Anyway, count on Louisiana being pleasant - light jacket weather, and New York being much colder - sweater + jacket weather, with a hood or wool scarf or ski-cap...

I thought she meant Los Angeles. I mean, who wants to go to Louisiana if you're from over seas? I could be wrong, but if I had to pick between the two, all things considering, I'd go with Los Angeles.
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