I learned what “real cold” was during my third year here as a Minnesotan. It was 41 degrees below zero and when I walked out to my car, the moisture in my eyes froze almost instantly and I could no longer blink my eyes. When you need goggles just to start your car, then you know it’s cold. My “threshold for cold” has dropped steadily since moving here from
The arctic parka is warm, to be sure, but it’s big. It’s a tough thing to deal with when you’re on a plane and it would easily occupy a full third of my suitcase if I packed it, so what am I supposed to do with it? It’s one thing if I’m flying TO
Most people would tell you that answer lies in layers. “Wear lots of layers,” they say. I hate layers. Stripping out of a sweater and a turtleneck on a plane, then stashing them in your carry-on is uncomfortable and awkward. Anyone who’s gotten caught in a pair of thermal underwear south of
For awhile I would leave the big heavy coat in the trunk of my car. I thought I could “tough it out” long enough to walk from the terminal to my car to put on my hat, coat, gloves, etc. Looking at the temperatures that are here this week, (the high is 11 below this Friday) I can tell you that I’m not that tough; especially if I get stuck parking more than 200 yards from the door. Fleece is warm stuff, you might try flying with a light fleece warm-up jacket. It won’t get through the day in extremely cold climates, but it will get you to your car in a pinch.
The answer (for me) lies in leaving my coat somewhere in the airport before my departure. There are lockers available, but some airports stress that nothing can be left in them overnight, so check on that before you take the key with you to
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