posted on Jan, 27 2014 @ 03:10 PM
Alpaca wool is AWESOME! It's some of, if not the warmest wool out there!
Here's a few things I can think of...
-your defroster turns on your A/C compressor. If you don't need to use it, don't. You'll stretch your gas a little farther
-those self jump starter battery packs have saved my behind a few times. They usually have them at Costco
-keep a tow strap in your car
-COTTON KILLS ... Do not wear anything cotton for insulation purposes. Cotton is nice to wick moisture, but once its wet its useless, and can actually
-a couple of candles in your home can increase the temp by a few degrees
-you can hang a blanket in front of your door for extra insulation, towels can be used as draft guards
-plug your car in below 20F. If you don't have a head bolt heater, think about getting one and an outdoor timer
-don't bother cranking the heat up right off the bat. Your car needs time for the engine to warm up anyway.
-down in a great insulator until it gets wet. If you are wearing a down vest or jacket -- try and not get it soaked.
-goretex is great stuff
-Sorrel boots are awesome
-Columbia makes an affordable 3-in-one jacket system (shell and zip in liner). North Face also makes them too, but they can be almost 2-3 times as
-do not "brush" snow off you, shake it. When you brush it, you melt it and make it soak into your clothing faster. If you shake it, it'll just fall
-If your hands are really cold, put them in your armpits or crotch
-If your hands still continue to get cold, swing them around in a circle like a windmill. This will force more warm blood into your fingertips.
-As long as you can still feel your hands/feet you're not doing to badly. It's time to really worry about frostbite when you go "numb".
-Keep moving. Keeping the blood going is going to keep you warm. I used to have to dress twice as warm on Boy Scout camp outs because of all the
-Frostbite is pretty permanent. A bad incident of frostbite can haunt you the rest of your life. As a smoker, one of my hands gets colder than the
other from having the window cracked in the winter.
-don't eat snow. Eating snow takes energy/heat away from your body, more than enough to make it not worthwhile. If you can, use a camp stove. If you
have SOME liquid water in a bottle, add snow to that and shake it up
-old "Bunny Boots" are probably some of the warmest you can buy -- if you can find them. I know Army surplus stores sometimes will have them. I
haven't been able to tell if the white ones are warmer than the black ones.
-LAYERS! I typically will wear some polypropylene/smart wool long underwear, then a fleece and gortex shell. If it's colder, I'll add a down vest
under the shell. The same goes for hands and feet. Several layers of socks inside boots that fit will go a long way. You don't want your boots to
tight, it'll restrict blood flow and they'll be cold.
-The more you talk, the more heat your loosing. Try to cover your face and breathe through your nose. There used to be a product called the "Head
Sock". I don't know if they still make them, but I swear by mine. You can basically cover your entire face/neck.
I know there's more...