Affordable winter kit and smart tips to keep you warm on your outdoor adventures

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Stay warm in winter

My mantra for staying warm in winter is simple, take care of your extremities – head, fingers, nose and toes – and follow the three-layer rule of body clothing. Do that and you should be able to handle the cold all day. You don’t need to look like you’re doing maneuvers (although military surplus kit is fine for the purpose) and it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune.

In winter, cyclists wear thin caps under their helmets to cover their ears and protect them from the wind, but you don’t have to be a cyclist to wear a colorful beanie (£16). On top of that, wear a Ridgeline Sun Fleece Beanie, which is more than comfy (£13.99).

Layers, layers, layers is the rule of thumb when it comes to winter clothing, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t also apply to fingers, which can get painfully cold if you’re out all day. daytime. Silk Glove Liners (£9.99) provide an extra layer of protection. For outer gloves, take no risks and opt for thermal and waterproof gloves. They can be pricey, so save some cash by picking up a pair of workwear from a hardware store (£9.98). They work for both adventurers and builders.

And when it gets really cold, the reusable hand warmers (£4.99 for a two-pack) are nothing to sniff at. The mistake most people make is holding them in their palms when they should be placed on top of the hand where all the veins are. Put them between your hand and your liner to hold them in place.

There’s nothing worse than a runny nose, but there’s an easy fix: a tube buff (£5.99), worn bandit-style, will also keep your neck warm.

The cold spreads from the toes upwards, or so my mum told me, so it’s worth investing in a good pair of woolen socks such as the Norwegian Army Highlander Socks ($10.95 £). Wool has a very high weight to insulation ratio and dries much faster. than cotton.

You can spend a king’s ransom on boots, but it’s not necessary. Make sure they are waterproof, have a good grip and are comfortable (always buy in store rather than online). The warm, waterproof Quechua boots (£39.99) are tested to -11C (static) and -20C (walking) for insulation and comfort.
Andy Pietrasik, Travel Manager

sweet charity

I’m planning a trip to Iceland, so I was looking for some warm winter clothes. After a delivery driver lost my order at Black’s I got the £60 refund and spent much less on snow boots and base layers from Oxfam online. It has great deals that are delivered to your doorstep by a real postman! Also, I found a new fleece snood for £1 at a charity shop.
Liz Searle

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Versatile economy beanies

It’s cold here in Upper Canada, so be prepared. Staying warm on a budget is tricky, but when the old winter starts to shake the snow globe, a good idea is to go to the nearest $ store (book store in the UK) and buy a few of the cheapest. toques (wool hats). Cut the top off and use it as a neck warmer, stick another one over your head and you’re good to go.

glove and care

As a cyclist, I get cold hands and feet on the bike, even with expensive gear. So I use a pair of latex gloves inside my bike gloves as extra insulation. It really works and since Covid they are widely available! Other cyclists I know swear by wrapping their feet in foil – it goes between the sock and the shoe.
Ellen Crabtree

Opposites attract

To save the most money, buy online from companies in the opposite hemisphere to you. If you live in the northern hemisphere, shop in the southern hemisphere, and vice versa. Companies will hold sales as you enter the season that is ending for them. Result: fresh stock, low prices. You have to factor in shipping costs, your bank’s currency conversion fees, and local customs or taxes – but in my experience, you’ll always end up getting paid.

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Pre-loved overlay

I have poor circulation and have tried and tested many warming options. I swear by layering (with turtlenecks under everything) and have found that sites like Depop, Vinted and eBay are full of pre-loved and affordable cashmere and wool sweaters.

Double Leg Warmers

Woman walking on a path in the forest.  Knitted leggings on hiking boot

Woman walking on a path in the forest. Knitted leggings on hiking boot

Leggings are an affordable option and I find it useful to pack a few pairs on winter vacation. You can wear them under pants to stay warm and then – discreetly – take them off if it’s hot during the day. You can also use them as scarves and mittens, if you go skiing, without having to buy real ones for the piste. Another tip is to ask the hotel for an extra towel for your room, then put it inside your jacket lining or under your coat as a great layer of protection.

Carpet bagging

My stepfather used to cut the soles of leftover carpets for his rubber boots… and it worked like a dream to keep feet toasty warm in the depths of Scottish winter. If your feet aren’t gigantic, sample rugs will work well.

Draftproof belly

My Kidneykaren is a favorite. It’s a wide elastic band that goes around your waist and fills the gap between your pants/skirt and whatever you’re wearing over it. Instant heat! They cost around £15.
Martina R Jones

Resistant work clothes

Work clothes from hardware stores, such as Screwfix and Toolstation. It’s durable and comfortable, and waterproofing is generally excellent. Thermal construction gloves are also excellent for winter gardening and much more dexterous than conventional gardening gloves.
Trevor Lawson

Winning Tip: Shawl Solutions

Hispanic woman wrapped in shawl at park during winter.

Hispanic woman wrapped in shawl at park during winter.

I’m the type that always gets cold so I’m a big proponent of layers and keeping extremities warm. When the cardigan, top, jumper and coat aren’t enough, I wrap a large, thin shawl around my body like a bath towel under my coat to add warmth without bulk, and a second scarf/shawl for my neck and shoulders. I also approve of the two hats rule: a thin skullcap or a hoodie, then a thicker one in wool or thermal. I would also put a vote to make sure your feet are warm. Heat Holder thermal socks are my secret weapon. I get a new pair once a year, definitely worth the investment – around £15.

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