I am a cold-blooded woman. Not just at the office when dealing with clients. But actually bloody freezing cold. I swear my body temperature depends on the weather. And right now the cool air is chilling my bones. At home, I employ a whole network of electric blankets and well placed miniature heaters. On the road, however, I’ve got to pack practically. And warmly. I’ve got the market on staying warm cornered and I’m here to help you, my sweet freezing babies. Here is how to pack for winter travel when you hate to be cold, like me.
Here’s what you should be packing for travel this winter if you’re chilly by nature.
Blanket Scarves. Because it’s not always practical to walk around wrapped in a blanket and apparently upscale restaurants consider it “against the dress code”, this over-sized scarf enables you to create – and keep – much-needed body heat. Find the coziest fabrics like a faux fur or soft cotton knit for warmth and durability.
Fishtail Blankets. Because I don’t know any cold mermaids.
Portable Hand Warmer. My hands are always cold and I dislike gloves. That sounds ridiculous since that is the sole purpose of gloves, but it’s absolutely true and I prefer to warm my hands in sweaters and coats with deep pockets. Boyfriend sweaters mostly, because designers decided that women don’t use pockets on anything else. A hand warmer does the trick. This portable item can give up to 8 hours of warm, fits in those deep pockets and can even charge your phone (depending on the model).
Boyfriend style cardigans. Deep pockets and thick fabrics, man. That’s where it’s at. You can keep your handwarmer in your pocket.
Basics for Layering. You can’t go wrong with a neutral staple like a layering tee, plain long-sleeved tops or a chunky cardigan. Putting clothes under clothes and then adding an outside layer of clothes on top of the other clothes. It’s called fashion, look it up! But seriously, adding base layers can keep warmth close to your skin without the bulky weirdness that you felt when your mom used to make you wear cable knit tights under your jeans in third grade. It quite easy to find made of tees synthetic materials that “wick” moisture away from the skin. Sometimes, just adding a thin layer does the trick.
Thick Warm Socks. According to science that I overheard someone else talking about if your body feels chilled, your hands and feet feel it first (and worst, good lord) because the body restricts the blood flow to protect its internal temperature and vital organs. Thick sock also adds a layer of cushion when you’re out walking around town, so win-win. Most hand and toe warmers offer comfort for at least three hours and can be purchased in bulk.
A shawl or cape. If the oversized blankets are not your style or not appropriate for the occasion, try a shawl. Classy, easy and doesn’t have sleeves.
Ginger Teabags. What? Yes, it’s true. According to Eat This, Not That, the spice “enhances thermogenesis and helps make the body feel warmer”. Science, bitch! It also probably applies to gingerbread cookies (I’m not a doctor) so if ginger tea isn’t your jam, eat some gingersnaps. Or warm up some ginger ale. Maybe head to a sushi restaurant and get that awesome ginger dressing on your salad. Ginger also aids in digestion. So go nuts.
If none of these will work for you, there is one more option…
Go to the Bahamas.
I’m not sure they even have sweaters