HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST THERMAL UNDERWEAR FOR WINTER TRAVEL
Our round up of the best thermal underwear for winter travel: adult and kids garments that will help you stay warm when sightseeing during the coldest months.
Cold weather calls for clever packing. Few things kill the joy of sightseeing quicker than cold creeping into your bones and weight restrictions on luggage means you can’t always bring with you as many thick jumpers and jackets as you would have liked.
The solution for light packing in the cold season is to invest in good thermal underwear. Non bulky, effective and versatile, thermal underwear will keep you and your kids warm and hide discreetly under your clothes so you can feel protected and pretty even during the chilliest of days.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST THERMAL UNDERWEAR
When looking for the best thermal underwear I look at three main characteristics: material, shape and use.
WHAT IS THE BEST MATERIAL FOR THERMAL UNDERWEAR?
The best material for thermal underwear is the one that does the job for the specific activity and weather conditions you are planning for. The three below are some of the most common and popular.
Merino wool is often considered the best material for a thermal base layer. Made of natural material, it keeps you warm, it wicks away excessive moisture and doesn’t add too much bulk under your clothes. It is a good choice for most activities and comes in a variety of colours that makes it hugely versatile.
Pros: Natural material, versatile, it can be worn without washing for more than one day day.
Cons: Often expensive, very sensitive skins may find it a little rough
Silk is another popular thermal base layer thanks to its moisture absorbing property and ability to retain heath. Like merino wool it is a natural material and while not quite as warm, it is a good solution for medium-cold climates.
Pros: Natural material, super soft on the skin, not bulky
Cons: Expensive, requires frequent washing
Many thermal underwear options on the market are made of synthetic fabrics, usually mixing varying percentages of polyester with other materials such as nylon, ryon etc. Synthetic fabrics have the advantage of being cheap and very easy to care for but do have some downside, mostly the fact that they tend to build odour quickly and therefore need frequent washing.
Pros: Cheap, easy to care for
Whatever type of material you choose for your thermal underwear, make sure that the material is able to absorb and retain moisture. When moving in cold conditions, even just if sightseeing, moisture may build up and if your under layer doesn’t absorb it, you will end yup feeling very cold.
Look for brands that offer moisture wicking properties to make sure you can perspire but moisture stays away from your skin and your core body temperature stays stable.