3 TRICKS TO BEAT THE COLD

As you start to live a more survivalist oriented  life style you will be spending more time outdoors. And in the winter it can be tough. Getting or cutting firewood, tending livestock, collecting water, hunting, taking care greenhouses. The list goes on and on and all these activities mean you’ll be outside, in the cold Spending time in the cold can be difficult and draining if you are not ready for it. I'll share with you my top three tricks to beat the cold.
1. DRESS IN LAYERS AND DON'T FORGET THE NECK
Hypothermia, frost bite, and other cold exposure injures can be avoided by fallowing this simple step Dress in layers. Dressing in layers has several advantages that will protect you from the cold and allow you to function in the coldest of days..
Start with a wool base layer. I know there will those who might argue with me but I am a fan of wool. It can get wet and still keep you warm. Remember even though it is cool you will sweat and your base layer will get wet from it. 
Next offf is your middle layer which provides insulation. The purpose of the insulation layer is to trap your body heat and keep it close to your body to keep it warm. Here again I am a fan of wool but there are many other options out there.
Lastly is your shell layer or outer layer. The purpose of this layer is to protect you from the wind, rain, and snow. Your outer layer should be of a breathable material to allow some perspiration to escape but also is water proof. Don't forget that you want the same in gloves to protect your hands.
Also don't forget your neck protection. Alot of heat can be lost from the neck and it is easy to forget. A good scarf or neck gator will go a,omg ways to help you. 

​2. STAY HYDRATED!!

It's a common misconception that because it is cold you don't need to drink as much is false. In fact, the likelihood of dehydration is accelerated when you train or work in cold weather. In these conditions your lungs have to work harder to humidify that air and warm it up. The harder your body works, the more you need to drink. As you can quickly become dehydrated. 

3. HAVE THE RIGHT MINDSET

Not only does the cold effect you physically but it also effects psychologically. Having the proper mindset can make enduring the cold that much more easier. Simple things like having a warm place to go to or a warm fire will boost your morale and make it that much easier to stay on task. Also having a good work rest cycle where you rewarm your self will also promote good morale. Situation permitting I also do things to take my mind off he cold so that I don't dwell on the situation at hand.