How to Dress When the Weather Won’t Make Up Its Mind

Jackets Tri-colorSpring weather can be tricky. One day it’s warm and lovely, and the next it’s cold and rainy. You can even have spring days that start off balmy with bluebird skies, and end up gray with a bone-chilling drizzle. So how do you dress for that? You don’t want to be too warm, but you don’t want to be too cold. So what are you supposed to do when the weather is wonky?

Check the weather report before heading out. The weather man might not always get it right, but at least he’s trying. See if rain is expected, what the temperature range will be, and how much cloud coverage is in the forecast. 50 degrees and sunny feels a lot different from 50 degrees and cloudy. Dress accordingly, and bring whatever gear you might need.

If you’re doing any kind of physical activity, layering is important. Once you start moving and your blood starts pumping, your body temperatures rises. Layering allows you to shed or add layers as necessary to regulate your body temperature.

It’s better to start cold than to start warm. If you’re the type who likes to travel light and you don’t want to carry around extra layers, it’s better to start off a little chilly. You will warm up once you get moving.

However, if you’re carrying a pack with you, you might as well bring an extra layer. Hikes can take longer than expected, or you might be cold natured. It’s not a bad idea to have an insulating layer in case you need one.

Bring a rain jacket. If the weather calls for rain, this is a no-brainer. Even if there’s a slight chance for rain, it’s in your best interest to bring a jacket. It’s better to have a rain jacket and not need it than to need a rain jacket and not have it.

When it comes down to it, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You know better than anyone else what you need to wear to be comfortable. If you think you need an extra jacket bring it. If you think you might want a rain jacket bring it. Sure you might end up carrying extra weight, but at least you will be prepared.

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