Most of us wanted to travel around the world, but then, what if you are going to travel to a place with cold climate? Always remember the word Safety First.Travelling into cold climate places faces many risks. Even mild climates, wind and rain can produce cold-related injuries in cold temperature.
When travelling in cold climates, wear warm clothing in several loose layers. Gloves should protect your hands, and a hat or hood should protect your head. In wet conditions, shoes should be waterproof and have good traction. Make sure that your cold-weather gear does not restrict your movement or block your eyesight. When engaging in adventure activities in cold weather or around cold water, have safety equipment and gear that will keep you warm and dry.
Conditions in travelling to a cold climate place
Hypothermia happens when your body temperature drops below 95°F. Mild hypothermia can make you feel confused, and you may not think that anything is wrong until it is too late. Being too cold can also cloud your judgment and can cause you to make mistakes, which can be deadly.
Early symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, feeling tired, being clumsy, and being confused. As your body loses more heat, the shivering may stop, your skin may turn blue, the pupils of your eyes may expand, your pulse and breathing may slow down, and you may pass out.
Frostbite happens when a part of the body freezes, leading to damage in tissue. Fingers and toes are more at risk. If tissue can't be saved, the body part may need to be amputated. Warning signs of frostbite include numbness or tingling, stinging, or pain where you are most exposed to the cold. Frostbite is treated by warming the body part in warm water.
Modern clothing and equipment have decreased the risk for adventure travellers, but frostbite still occurs after accidents, as a result of poor planning, and in severe, unexpected weather.
In cold weather, a good rule is to light your fire first before doing anything else. It is always more sensible to keep yourself warm.
Written by: Vina Benitez, Eternus Global