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Here are some free Lapland winter clothing tips
Lapland winter clothingThe Lapland winter clothing may be different from what you are used to. The climate is probably tougher. And I am sure Lapland can be much colder in winter than the temperatures most of you are used to. But I'm sure you have heard the old saying: -There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!
Here are some general winter clothing tips as to what to wear in Lapland during your winter trips. It is wise to plan well ahead for your Lapland winter clothing wardrobe.
First layerThis layer will regulate your body temperature and keep you warm when you are still. It will also allow your body to breath when you get warm or sweat. This layer should not be too thick. This layer should be fairly tight fitting. The fabric in this layer must draw the moisture away from your body and pass it to the next layer.
Some of the fabrics that can be used for the first layer is wool, polyester and other synthetic fabrics. Cotton must be avoided as it absorbs the moisture. Also stay away from fabrics were cotton is in the mix.
Second layerThe second layer is supposed to insulate. This layer should have a somewhat loose fit but not bulky. This layer also needs to breathe or transport moisture towards the outer layer. Again stay away from cotton.
For this layer, go for fleece or wool. Personally I prefer fleece as it is easier to wash. Wool can shring when being washed. In very cold conditions you may need two thin mid layers. In this case, make sure the two are different in size. If possible, avoid zips for these layers.
The outer layerThere are many options as to fabrics and styles for your Lapland winter clothing. Some prefer boiler suit or coverall styles. With this you can roll in the snow without getting any snow inside. This style is good for children. But they are a bit awkward when it comes to toilet visits. Usually adults won't wear coveralls.
The outer layer must be snow and wind proof and breathe to let heat and moisture escape.
If the jacket has a snow skirt that fits tightly around your hips or waist, snow won't come inside if you fall or if you are active in the snow. With heavy activities you may choose a jacket with vents that can be closed with zips or Velcro. See to it that the cold zip doesn't come in direct contact with your skin.
The trousers must be wind and snow proof. They should be breathe and keep wet out. With modern insulation methods you can get warm trousers that are quite light weight and thin.
SocksIt is best to have more than one pair of socks. The inner pair could be a pair of thin silk socks if you can find such. Otherwise use some kind of synthetic stuff. Don't use cotton. Outside these you can have woolen socks or thermal socks. It is best if you can move your toes inside your socks.
GlovesGloves or mittens are a necessity in winter Lapland. As with trousers and jackets, gloves should also be waterproof and insulated. They should breathe.
Gloves must not be too not tight. There must be room for your fingers to move a little and air to circulate. You may choose to have and inner pair of his gloves or liners.
Hats and helmetsKeep your head covered and warm. And make sure that your hat covers your ears. There are many styles and materials to choose from. Your hats must not be too tight.
It is good for your own and your oen safety to use a helmet especially when doing downhill skiing. If you fall at high speeds your head won't be that vunerable.
Scarves or neck gaiters?Scarves are nice to wear in winter. But beware that when skiing, long, loose scarves can be dangerous because they can get caught. Neck gaiters are better and safer. A neck gaiter is is like a tube that you pull over your head.
There are scarves or neck gaiters in many materials. Cotton may not be the best option as they can get wet near your mouth. In stead of scarves or neck gaiters you may solve the whole problem by having a jacket with a soft and high neck.
Face masks and balaclavasYou may find that scarves and neck gaiters are not good enough for downhill skiing. The face masks are stretchy and fit tightly round your neck and over your nose, mouth and chins.
If you wear a helmet, a balaclava may be appropriate if you like the style. Find a fabric that is thin and comfotable. Try silk if you find one.
BootsIf you want to go skiing you probably won't buy your own shoes. You can hire them at the ski resorts.
For walking and snow activities you need a pair of boots that are insulated and waterproof. Boots that come above ancles are better than lower shoes. With these shoes you don't get a gap between the shoes and the trousers. The boots must not be too tight. Your toes thank you if you give them some room to move. And at least two pairs of socks give good insulation.
Additional reading and watchingHere you can read more thorough descriptions of both winter and summer clothing in the Lapland climate.
Read about Lapp clothing including traditional Lapland winter clothing and our Lapp clothing video
Read also about Lapland safety