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baratron @ 02:01 am: People who live in cold climates
Can you tell me how you dress in the winter?

I live in the UK, near London, where it is typically 10 deg C (50 deg F) outdoors in the winter. I am about to go to Canada for a few weeks, where it will be more like -10 deg C (14 deg F). Not sure about windchill factor.

I have chronic fatigue syndrome, and tend to be cold all the time. I also use a wheelchair.

What sort of clothes do I need? And how do you dress if it's -10 degrees C outside and 20 degrees C inside? I'd generally assume that when it's -10 degrees, you want to wear thermal baselayers - but I wouldn't want to wear thermal underwear indoors. So I'm trying to figure out what order you put the layers on in.

Edit: I am basically there on holiday. My husband has been sent to Montreal for work for two weeks, and since he is my full-time carer and it's also our wedding anniversary during the time we are away, his work are paying for me to go as well. Yay.

I will be spending some days in the hotel getting on with my PhD work, some days mostly resting, and other days doing things like book shopping and going to museums. Neither of us drive and we will be reliant on public transport. Since the metro in Montreal is almost completely inaccessible (there are only seven stations that are even slightly accessible, and only two at which a wheelchair user can travel entirely independently), I will be needing to use buses. Which requires waiting for buses. Outside.

So there will be days when I leave the hotel, wait for a bus, get on the bus, and go to a museum. Obviously I will need extra-warm clothes while outside and possibly while on the bus, but not in the museum. At the weekend, when my husband isn't working, we're planning to go to some of the zoos, which will mean spending an entire day outdoors.

The problem I'm having is that I've asked people who live in cold climates what they wear, and they're coming out with: a t-shirt, a thick sweater over the top, a coat over that, a hat and a scarf. That's what I wear in London at 10 deg C! I need to figure out what extra clothing a person who is cold all the time and not very physically active because of their chronic illness might need.

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From:sammason
Date:January 22nd, 2014 06:51 am (UTC)
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How much time will you spend outside? If it's only a minute or two, eg from hotel to car, you might not need to pile on very many extra layers. Another question: what do you need to look like during this trip? Business-smart, sightseeing-casual, outdoor-sporty?
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From:baratron
Date:January 22nd, 2014 08:56 pm (UTC)
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I've added a lot of detail to the original post. I'll be dependent on buses, since the metro system in Montreal is almost completely inaccessible. So I'll be having to take myself along the road outdoors and waiting at bus stops. There will also be days when we're going to a zoo and be outdoors for most of the day.

I don't think I need to look like anything other than a tourist (will have to check if we're being taken out to dinner by any of my partner's work colleagues). I am fairly happy to roll down the road dressed like the Michelin Man if necessary to keep warm!
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