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Has it snowed where you are, Omona?
synatri 7th-Dec-2018 09:19 am (UTC)
Hey omona, I need some traveling advice!
My family is going to Harbin for Christmas and we're from a very hot, tropical country, so we're jumping from 30C to -10C basically, lol. Any advice on what to bring and how to dress up? We'll only be there for 5 days and I bought a bunch of hot packs in Japan and Uniqlo thermals, and I'm going to borrow some coats but idk if it's enough. And idk if we need to buy shoes, I'll be wearing Docs, but my mom is a sandals person who only wears sneakers for travel, and idk if it's enough. Any small tips to keep warm would be appreciated, thanks!
benihime99 7th-Dec-2018 10:15 am (UTC)
Warm socks, comfy clothes in general (layering is the best so you don't necessarily need really big sweater)
Gloves and a good scarf, you might want to pack some moisturising product (for your lips, hands and face especially)
Sneakers are a bit light, and if the road is icy your mom might slip

Uniqlo HEATTECH line (or anything similar) is nice cause it's light but warm and comfortable

Also stay hydrayed and well fed, your body needs the energy, use the cold a an excuse to get drunk on hot cocoa or mulled wine
And have tones of fun \o/
synatri 7th-Dec-2018 07:03 pm (UTC)
but i love big sweaters! (jk)

i have a bunch of uniqlo heattech, but most of them are camis, and i don't know if layering just those with outer clothing is warm enough or if i need to layer another heattech on top (generally the camis are enough down to 1-5C with a long sleeved top and a long skirt with regular leggings and a coat and hat, but I've never been to anywhere colder than that).

I will eat lots of barbecue in this trip apparently bc that's what the travel itinerary says! \o/
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synatri 7th-Dec-2018 07:15 pm (UTC)
ty!

my issue with cotton is that i find they absorb moisture a lot? but i have some fleece items. Also are skirts generally not a good idea in such weather? my jeans are usually pretty fitted and would be really uncomfortable with leggings below them, but i do have a stock of thermal and regular leggings, and i tend to layer those under a long (mid-calf or almost ankle length) skirt in colder weather (but only down to 1-5C, i've never been anywhere even close to -10).
gathyou 7th-Dec-2018 10:48 am (UTC)
I think you have two layers to take into consideration :
- Under-clothes. I buy winter-specific under-clothes like tights, socks or long-sleeved shrits. They can be more expensive than regular under-clothes, but they're made to keep the body warm and dry (sweat is your enemy). Wool is much better than cotton, there are some good synthetic options too
- A good winter coat. Also good shoes, boots are much better than sneakers, even with good socks your Mom will be cold with only sneakers (also the sneakers' soles aren't great for snow or ice)

This way, the third layer (between the under-clothes and the coat) can just be your regular clothes. Again, wool is better than cotton. But you can be wearing your regular jeans and pullover if you have the winter-ready tights, socks and shirts hidden under.

Mosturize more than you usually do, especially for the skin that will be in contact with cold (like face and hands)
synatri 7th-Dec-2018 08:17 pm (UTC)
i have lots of thermal underwear so i think i'll be fine in that regard. it's just the coats that i'll probably end up borrowing from my relatives and my mom's temperature issues, she hates the cold and also hates being hot. i know sneakers aren't a good idea but idt buying boots for a 5-day trip is also practical so i'll probably have to stock up on socks instead.

yeah i'll be bringing lots of moisturizer and lotions haha chapped skin is painful and unpleasant!
aures 7th-Dec-2018 11:15 am (UTC)
i recommend a wind and water proof coat, and basically what the others said
synatri 7th-Dec-2018 08:23 pm (UTC)
i'll be borrowing that from a relative so yes, thanks!
921227 7th-Dec-2018 11:44 am (UTC)
Get a boot! Or big shoe! Put big socks on. Your toes will thank you -- i know mine did when i went through p much the same thing
synatri 7th-Dec-2018 08:29 pm (UTC)
i have boots! They're just regular Docs tho not actual snow boots.
kenziekinz09 7th-Dec-2018 03:37 pm (UTC)
I’m not sure if you can get Columbia (brand) clothes in your country, but they’ve kept me warmest when I visit family way up north. They’re right in the same temperature range. They sell these hats with reflective lining that really do make a difference in how warm you feel.

Other than that just layer for your life lol. Wearing a cami or tank top under your long sleeve layers helps more than you realize. Personally I’ve had more luck with hunting socks than wool socks.
synatri 7th-Dec-2018 08:32 pm (UTC)
we have columbia and north face lol, but mostly i'll be borrowing coats from relatives who spend half their time in Canada, so they have actual winter clothing. honestly my issue is that it seems kind of silly to buy boots for my mom when we're only going to be in cold weather for 5 days, but she might need them...
i'm probably going to be layering thermal tights with thermal leggings with wool socks so i think? my feet should be fine lol.
mewgical 7th-Dec-2018 06:01 pm (UTC)
I second Columbia, but especially the boots. I had these ones before and I wore them out in pretty bad weather (from Ohio so we get a lot of snow) and never had a problem. My mom also had more of a sneaker type from them because she can't stand boots, and they were also good. Just make sure they are waterproof. Mine have generally lasted 2-3 years because I wear out shoes pretty fast. I currently have this pair and they are ok and have lasted me two years but they are not as good as the other ones.

For layering of clothes I would recommend Cuddl Duds. They are super thin but they keep me really warm. They are sold at Target, Kohl's, Walmart, JC Pennys, Macy's, etc. For coats I'd suggest getting a 3 in 1 jacket as they come in layers that you can remove an inner layer or only wear a certain layer if you get too hot. My fave brand is ZeroXposur. But make sure the coat is water proof.

I'd also suggest maybe looking at what the past weather was like so you get an idea of what to expect. You can see it here. Hopefully that link works for you.
synatri 7th-Dec-2018 08:39 pm (UTC)
my mom doesn't really want to spend money on boots when we're only going to be there for 5 days :/ when she's never going to wear them again after. so i'm just trying to figure out how to still wear plain sneakers when the roads might be icy/slushy, idk...
I'll just be borrowing coats from relatives who live in cold areas for half the year, so i hope they have something i can use.
the weather looks like it might be sunny but cold, but if it's sunny i'm hoping the roads would be drier?
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