Tips to stay warm whilst working outside this winter

By Swindon Link - 22 September 2022

Home and GardenBusiness

Working outside in your job can be a blessing in the summer, but during the winter it can be a real challenge. Bitter cold, driving wind and rain are just some of the elements that can make your environment very unfavourable. Add the extremes like snow and ice into the mix and your work can be potentially harmful. However, if you can effectively stay warm and dry during the winter then you should be able to manage somewhat comfortably. So, whether you’re a gardener, tradesman, parking enforcement officer, postman or anyone else who works outside all year round – how can you best stay warm to ensure you can continue to do your job well?

Insulate your head, neck, hands and feet

If you want to stay warm at work then you can’t forget to insulate your extremities because these are the areas most sensitive to temperature change. It’s up for debate whether these areas lose more heat than other areas of your body but you’ll sure feel warmer if you cover these up. Woolly hats or head warmers are good options for the head, whilst scarves or snoods are very effective to keep your neck warm and prevent heat from escaping from below. Gloves are a must and can be easily removed. Wear thick socks and invest in a quality pair of safety boots to keep your feet secure and dry.

Be waterproof, not just warm

When you’re trying to stay warm, moisture can be your worst enemy. Part of your preparation should be to ensure you are wearing waterproof clothing, on the outside at least, so you can keep your base and inner layers dry. Working in damp clothing all day can lead to a higher risk of you developing hypothermia or frostbite, so make sure you invest in quality waterproofs. Damp clothing is also uncomfortable, which no one wants to contend with whilst at work.

Use layers

As previously mentioned, layers are the key to staying warm in freezing conditions. They trap air around your body which warms up and heats you even more. Start with base layers, then wear your usual work clothes on top to protect yourself further from the cold. Your outer layers should be the thickest or warmest so you can easily take them off if you get too warm while working.

Eat and drink properly

People underestimate the power of nutrition in keeping warm during the winter. On the one hand, drinking a hot drink or eating a hot meal can help to bring a sense of warmth and comfort from the cold. On the other, foods that take the body longer to process and digest will actually raise your body temperature and help to keep you warm while you’re outside. So, make sure you eat a hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner during the working week to give your body the fuel it needs to work and stay warm.

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