Working outdoors definitely has its perks- being in the sunshine and fresh air has been shown to be beneficial to your mental and physical health- but working outdoors in the colder weather can be uncomfortable if you don’t dress properly.
The key to keeping comfortable while working outdoors is to layer properly and thoughtfully:
Layer 1: Base
Base layers (bottom layers) are used to regulate your body’s temperature, as well as to keep moisture (i.e. sweat) away from your skin.
- Synthetic materials are preferred since they are lightweight and thin; avoid cotton
- Choose a long-sleeved base layer that is flexible and allows you to move freely
Layer 2: Light Insulating
Insulating layers go on top of the base layer, and are used to trap in heat.
- Choose lightweight fleece or polyester blend to avoid overheating
- Make sure light insulating layer fits well to trap in air
Layer 3: Heavy Insulating
Heavy insulating layers are used to further trap in heat. This layer is thicker than the light insulating layer.
- If possible, choose a heavy insulating layer with a hood to trap in warm temperatures
- If you feel too warm, remove your heavy insulating layer
Layer 4: Shell
The top layer is used to protect your body from wind, rain, and snow. Shell layers, paired with insulation and base layers, will keep you warm and comfortable.
- Shell layers should be windproof and water resistant
- Choose lightweight shells with little insulation
By using layers, you can keep yourself comfortable and warm (without overheating) while working outdoors in cold weather.