COLD WEATHER BACKPACK
Preparing your winter backpack is about striking a balance between weight and comfort. A pilgrimage in the winter will usually be a more solitary experience. Due to the low number of pilgrims, many hostels and restaurants close, making it necessary for the pilgrim to be more autonomous. This autonomy brings more responsibility and freedom of choice. It’s essential to find the right balance between thermal comfort, to not get cold, and transpiration, to not get sweaty from excessive heat. Throughout the day and according to the weather conditions, you should regulate your temperature by putting on, taking off and airing your items of clothing. Wear fleeces with a full zip to regulate your temperature. A poncho can be used as a final outer layer and wind blocker. Extremities (head, hands and feet) cool down more quickly than the rest of the body, and so should be protected. Be very aware of hypothermia. Learn about the warning signs and steps to recover.
TEMPERATURE CONTROL IN COLD WEATHER
To control your body temperature in cold weather, it is helpful to understand some key concepts to stay warm.
- The human body works like a very sophisticated thermal battery
- It gives off and absorbs heat.
- It can become too cold (hypothermia) and overheat (fever).
- The body has several mechanisms to keep the temperature around 37º. For example: when you move you create heat, when you sweat your body temperature lowers.
- Hypothermia is like a battery that has run out of energy and is unable to recharge on its own. Hypothermia usually happens when you stop and the body stops producing heat (body temperature falls below 35º). If your body stays in the cold and you’re wearing sweaty clothes, you're tired and haven’t eaten enough, these are the ideal conditions for your body to develop hypothermia.
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