05 Dec 2011

How to survive a Swedish winter – No. 1

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Swedish winters tend to get pretty cold and temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius are not uncommon. You can count on it if you live up in the northern part of Sweden but the last couple of years it’s been really cold and lots of snow down in the south too. So my number one tip in order to survive the winter is to make sure that you gear up!  A thick winter jacket, a beanie, a scarf, thick gloves and of course a really warm pair of shoes is a must.

When it comes to the shoes make sure the are lined and have a proper rubber sole so your feet will stay warm and snug. It’s also a good thing if there is room for an extra sole and a pair of thick woollen socks. Also pick a boot that’s not too low, a lesson you’ll otherwise learn the hard way when there is 20-30 cm of snow outside and you get that cold snow into your shoe. Natural materials are the best so if you can afford the real deal stay away from the fake leather.

If you plan on staying outside for a longer period of time thermal underwear and thermal pants are also nice to have. The basic rule is to dress in more than one layer and to stay away from material like cotton and acrylic, they won’t do the trick. You might have to invest a bit in the beginning getting this new winter attire but in the end it’s so worth it.


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