For those that live and embrace the cold, leaving their (sometimes) insulated and heated homes is no biggy. They’ve prepared for this, they’ve expected this and they’ve lived much of their lives with these climates. Most importantly, they’ve studied the daily and weekly weather forecast and took out the right winter jacket, mittens, hats, scarves, boots and snow pants for some. In other words, they’ve adapted.

Some countries can face a weekly cold snap of -50° and they are still expected to go about their day - go to work, go to the grocery store, care for their children and make sure everyone survived the day without frostbite or windburn.


If you decide to travel to a cold location and you’ve mentally prepared yourself that it will be cold, it’s important to go above and beyond when packing. There is no such thing as too many clothes because you will wear 4 outfits at a time and frozen eyelashes will be your new normal.

Antarctica Is So Cold It’s Easy To Flash Freeze Any Exposed Skin

Considered the coldest region in the world, local residents and those visiting for travel or business, have modified their everyday living to be able to embrace the cold the best way they see fit, that will both keep them warm and keep them from getting sick. In fact, Antarctica can be so cold that it is known and common for skin to freeze immediately as it is exposed to the cold and the wind.

While most travelers look to the sun and the beach for the perfect tan, Antarctica will also give you a tan. First, you get severely red from a windburn which later darks in complexion, leaving you looking like you had the most epic vacay with the squad down south.

In order for locals and tourists to protect themselves against the cold, prepare to bundle up. Bundling up is easy and super cozy! With three to four layers of thermal, flannel or fleece clothing, the windproof winter jackets and snow pants are then added on top. Many of these winter jackets weigh 1kg and are filled with down feathers. Then, comes the accessories such as a face mask and/or scarf (depending on whether you’re hiking or not,) layered and insulated gloves, a warm hat and water-resistant boots that can brace -15° celsius. The perfect outfit for a hype Saturday night.

Ultimately, it’s extremely important to remember that you must stay hydrated as the Antarctica air is severely dry, and carry a survival bag whenever you go hiking up the mountains or participate in cross-country snowshoeing.

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Russia Is Known For Their Freezing Blizzards So They Bundle Up

If you’re traveling to Russia, you must really enjoy the cold, especially if you’re visiting areas like Siberia. Packing a suitcase for an educational trip to Russia is basic “cold-clothing” materials, like layering items, extra sweaters, a nice and warm winter jacket, and their accessories, packing the right footwear to explore Russia is another topic.

In order to properly trek through the Russian streets and mountains, these winter-designed boots must also have a good tread one. This means the soles of each boot must give a good grip to the snow and ice as many slips and falls happen, including to locals. Adding an accidental slip to your vacation is one thing, but claiming that expense on your travel insurance is another (if you even have travel insurance!) Moral of the story, get good shoes and be prepared to fall.

If you’re visiting Russia on a plan to bar hop and taste-test various vodkas, you may want to think about your accommodations and travel plans back to your hotel. Spirits and liquors are known to numb you from the cold, offering anyone drinking a warm and tingly sensation. This can be dangerous, especially if you’re in the cold, as you won’t feel the sensation of being cold and expose yourself to a frostbite threat.

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Canada Has Roughly Five Months Of Winter

Canada is known to have five seasons - spring, summer, fall, winter, and more winter. These winter months can drag on and snow can fall anywhere from September to March, sometimes even April. After the snow is gone, then comes the rain and finally, an hour or two of sun before another snowstorm is expected in the forecast.

While you may see some Canadians walking around in shorts and t-shirts, with knee-high fleece and waterproof boots, this isn’t the ideal and appropriate apparel approach when you’re visiting Canada. Rather, leave it to the more experienced of people - those who live it every day.

Prepare your bag as though you were visiting both Aruba and Antarctica on the same 7-day vacation. Once you leave your Airbnb or hotel for an excursion, set your heater to a warm number so when you return soaked and shivering, you can be greeted with a delicate warmth. If you believe you’ve received frostbite, it’s important not to jump into a hot shower as this may burn your frostbite.

Most importantly, it’s important to eat fatty foods as this will make your body produce more fats, which in turn will keep your body warm. Also, have a good skincare routine when you’re faced with a daily cold snap, as you may experience a dryer skin.

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