On Packing for Cold Weather

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It’s been a cold one up here in the Northeast, so we thought we’d share some tips that our PHL Airport parking members have about packing for cold weather. If you’re headed on a skiing trip, a cabin trip, or just somewhere chilly, remember:

Consider wind chill.

You’ve probably checked what the weather is going to be like at your destination, but did you take into consideration the wind chill? Wind chills can lower the feel of the temperature outside significantly. Wind can also chap your face and hands if they’re not covered properly, so know the “real feel” temperature before you go outside.

Pack a face mask.

The skin on your face is very sensitive when it comes to cold weather, so if you’re planning on skiing or snowboarding, make sure you protect your face. Goggles are also a great idea for protection and you won’t have to worry about getting snow or ice in your eyes.

Invest in a good lotion.

Nothing dries your skin out more than cold weather (and hot showers), so pack a lotion that adds extra moisture, like one with shea butter or olive oil. You’ll not only heal your skin, but you’ll protect it the next time you go outside.

Don’t underestimate down jackets.

Down is great – it’s incredibly insulating and it can be condensed. Look around for a jacket that comes with its own stow pocket and you’ll be able to fold it up and throw it in your luggage without taking up much room at all.

Bring hand and toe warmers.

Hand a toe warmers are inexpensive and work wonders. Pack a bunch and you’ll never be cold!

Layer with long johns.

Whether you’re going skiing or just walking around a town in the cold temperatures, layering with long johns is a great way to stay warm. They’re form-fitting, so you can easily wear them under normal clothing. They’re also ideal for keeping you warm while you sleep.

Stay hydrated.

Though not necessarily a packing tip, cold weather can dehydrate your body more easily than mild weather, so make sure you stay hydrated. Drink lots of water, tea, or coffee throughout your trip.

Choose wool.

Most clothing is cotton, but when cotton is wet, it doesn’t dry very quickly and can make you even colder if you’re sweating and outside in cold temperatures. Instead of cotton, pack wool, which will draw moisture away from your body to keep you dry and warm.

Remember – no matter where you’re headed, trust your vehicle with our PHL Airport parking service. We’ll give you peace of mind while you’re gone and we’ll even service your vehicle so you come back to a car that’s ready to go.