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Cold Weather Survival – Using C.O.L.D. to Stay Warm In Winter

Cold Weather Survival – Using C.O.L.D. to Stay Warm In Winter

With the seasons changing and the cold weather here, it is time to start thinking about staying warm and safe when the temps drop. Too many times have people succumb to the cold weather due to pure lack of skills and knowledge. Maybe even sometimes common sense, but that is another discussion.

Most military personnel are taught to use the simple acronym “C.O.L.D.” to stay warm during cold weather. It is useful in remembering the important things you need to do to keep your body warm during periods of cold weather. Here is an explanation of that simple acronym.

C.O.L.D.

C. is for clean. Make an effort to keep yourself and your clothes as clean as possible.  Clean clothes also work more effectively to insulate your body.

O. is for overheating. Avoid becoming overheated in cold weather. If your body gets overheated, you will start to sweat. This can cause you and your clothes to become wet due to perspiration. This needs to be avoided during cold weather.
L. is for layers. Always dress in layers of clothing that fit loosely. You can add additional layers of clothing if you become cold and you can remove extra layers of clothing if your body begins to overheat. Air space between the layers of your clothing will also help further insulate your body from the cold weather.

D. is for dry. Make an effort to keep yourself and your clothes dry. Items of clothing that dry quickly or wick moisture, such as polypropylene or wool, are good choices to help you stay dry. Use water-proof and “breathable” items to keep rain, snow and wind out but which will also allow perspiration to leave your body. This will also help to keep you dry. You should also make sure all of your essential gear items are kept dry. Give special attention to gear items that need to be protected from cold temperatures. Make sure those items are also well insulated.

Stay safe and warm out there!!

– Originally published by: PrepperCentral

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