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How to dress for cold weather survival

A down parka with a hood is a staple for extreme cold. They are fashionable in the snow belts. Good gloves and even mittens are the rage as well as a good hat. With the hood up a woolen toque will suffice. An arctic hood covers the front of the head. In extreme cold cover your mouth and nose with a scarf so you filter the air you breath. I use insulated coveralls or hunting pants on the legs as well. Always travel with these things in the winter you never know. Here in Ontario some girls got lost going out to a social function in heels and dresses. They went up a secondary road and got stuck in the snow. In an act of desperation they set the car on fire after a couple of days. They lost feet to amputations. The elements are unforgiving. Keeping a box or container with a few items will save your life. That includes a few tools. God gave you life and a mind to reason with. Use it. 

Outer hunting pants

Fur Yukon cap. There are lots of army surplus Russian variations available.


Mittens are better than gloves because your fingers are together conserving more heat. You can keep lighter gloves in your pocket or wear them inside if necessary.

A good insulated boot can take you to -35 to -40 to end it out.

A look at how to dress for extreme cold weather survival. Using 3 simple principals you can easily be comfortable in extreme weather. Firstly you need to make sure that you are using good materials such as wool, fleece, polyester, and nylon. Second you need to layer your clothing into wicking, insulating, and waterproof laters. Third and probably most important is that you "shingle" your clothing. You tuck clothing in or leave it out in an alternating pattern so that it your precious body heat is trapped and snow and cold air are kept out. This is must have knowledge for survival situations whether in the wilderness or in a SHTF scenario. Clothing can easily be obtained by military surplus, thrift shops, or even out of season specialty gear like ski clothing.

Posted by George Freund on January 23, 2014 at 5:47 PM 3659 Views