How To Stay Warm When It's Cold OutsideWes Siler10/07/14 3:49pmFiled to: How ToAll My Friends Are IdiotsClothingLayeringWinter CampingCampingDressClothesBase layersinsulationsleeping padssleeping bagswarmwarmthstay warmIndefinitely Wild29033EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkI'm constantly shocked by how many people don't know the basics of dressing for warmth in the outdoors. Even more people aren't equipped with the basics for sleeping warmly on a cold night. It's all simple and cheap, read this and make no more excuses. AdvertisementThe need for this article is highlighted by most of the people who join us on group camping trips. To them, I'd like to state once and for all: a pair of fashionably ripped jeans and that sassy flannel shirt you bought at a truck stop on the way up are not adequate attire for any temperature below about 65 degrees. And, that super cute Poler Napsack you bought at Urban Outfitters might be just the thing for slumber parties with your girlfriends at your family's vacation home in Palm Springs, but it's not going to keep you warm under the stars, in the mountains. Please stop it. Wearing a scarf is as effective as adding a sweater; your neck is full of blood vessels that are close to your skin. AdvertisementCover Up: You'll lose heat from any uninsulated body part. Your mom probably drove this home when she insisted you wear a hat during the winter, but you've really got to take care to cover up everything else too. You'll lose just as much heat from an uncovered neck as you will from your head. It's also not good enough to simply add insulation to the body parts that are cold. Your hands are often the first thing to feel a chill. Yes, that's partially because you're not wearing gloves, but it's mostly a symptom of your entire body being cold and prioritizing heating your essential organs in your torso over pumping warm blood out to your extremities to heat body parts you could more easily do without. If your hands are cold, it's a sign that you're not doing a good enough job at keeping your whole body warm. I most often see this in people who aren't insulating their legs. They'll have wool socks, boots and three sweaters on, plus a down jacket and be wearing a wool cap on their head. But, they're still cold. Why? All they've got on their legs is a pair of jeans. Their legs may not feel any colder than the rest of their body, which feels cold because they're shedding so much heat from their bottom half. SponsoredWhile your torso does require the most insulation, you can't neglect your limbs or fail to insulate areas like your neck, head and ears, where blood vessels run close to the surface, losing heat more quickly. Merino wool base layers, a thick wool sweater that covers my neck, a wool hat and a down vest. It's around freezing and I'm toasty. Photo: Scott Rankin.AdvertisementLayer Up: Each additional layer you add traps its own layer of air — what actually provides the insulation — meaning that at the most basic level, each layer you can add makes the job of each layer underneath it easier. Each layer also has its own unique job to do.