This is an Instructable involving basic heat principles.

In this instructable, I will show you the basics of dressing warm...

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Step 1: The Problem

In the cold weather, your body is always losing moisture.
Even if you aren't sweating, you are still losing moisture...

Example - Do you ever see your breath in the cold weather? That's losing moisture.

you can also put plastic bags on your feet then put on your shoes/boots, this will keep your feet from getting all wet from slush and water, the down side is it will keep in the moister from sweat.
Fire vs. Synthetic Fabrics. Sometimes in the cold you end up near a fire for warmth. Synthetic fabrics, if exposed to heat or open flame will melt and can actually catch on fire themselves. Be aware of this fact! I ultimately gravitate towards wool, felt, animal furs (such as alpaca), and leather. These are natural fabrics that can all keep you very warm.
nice i wear synthetic long under where with wool and a surplus water proof poncho
I'm currently studying abroad in Ireland (from the US) and managed to pack for the whole semester in only one suitcase (and a carry-on bag). I did so by using most of the tips you provided here. All of my clothes are multi-use and can be layered. Just because I don't have on a bulky coat, doesn't mean that I'm cold. In fact, I found myself over-dressed the first couple of days! Great 'ible!
Thank you...
Kotton Kills!! (cotton) Once it gets wet it will continue to stay wet and NOT insulate you. Wool will let you live like a wooly mammoth(I just made that up) It is very warm and even if it gets wet it will always keep you warm! Don't wear any cotton! It really does stink. No jeans whatsoever. They will ruin your day. But very good instructable.
Thanks! you got featured!
I like the first pic in step 4 :p
Nice basics... ;-)
Venting is critical. You need clothes that will block wind, and will keep you warm, but you need clothes that you can open up so as to rid yourself of excess heat. Moisture is the threat, and sweat is the enemy. Goretex and other vapor-permeable fabrics have their place, but when you start doing real work in the cold, you'll need to dump heat and moisture faster than they can manage.
Thanks for the tip!

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