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No one likes to be cold, unless you’re Olaf (yes, my daughter is part of the Frozen frenzy). When the power goes out, having a way to keep warm becomes a top priority.
We have a wood stove, which acts as our heat source, part light with the glass front, and the top is designed for cooking, so like any good homesteading or preparedness tool, it serves three functions.
If you have a wood stove or propane heat source, then being without power isn’t that big of a deal for you in regards to staying warm.
But if you rely on electricity for your heat source, then you’re teeth are going to be chattering and in the middle of winter, could lead up to a very bad situation.
This advice will serve you well not only at home without power, but if you’re out in the elements as well. The most efficient material for warmth is wool. It can be itchy, but when it comes to keeping you warm, nothing is better than fur or wool. It was made by nature and God to keep an animal warm and safe when out in the exposed elements and it will do the same for you.
1. The more body heat we can contain around us, the warmer we’ll be. Put a snug fitting wool hat on your head that fits down over your ears. You’ll instantly begin to feel warmer.
Our body will do its best to keep our internal organs protected, even at the expense of our limbs. This means if you keep your core warm, you’ll also be keeping your extremities warmer, too.
2. Layering is your best bet. You want to make sure you bottom layer (the fabric against your skin) will wick away moisture. If you sweat in cotton, and then it turns cold, the wet fabric will begin to suck all the body heat straight out of you. Not a good thing. Many folks like these shirts as their base layer.
A wool or wool blend long sleeved shirt as your next layer will give you lots of warmth. You can then layer on a vest or coat if needed.
3. Don’t forget about your toes. A pair of thick wool blend socks (can I get a prize for saying wool the most times in a single article?) will keep your feet warm, especially when paired with a pair of lined boots. Of course, in doors, you probably won’t need the boots unless you’re in freezing conditions for a long period of time.
4. Gloves are another must. I really like this pair of wool fingerless gloves with the mittens that flap over (double bonus, they have a place for heat packets!! This way, I don’t have to take off my gloves when I need to chop wood or use my fingers for a few minutes. Because I don’t know about you, but I tend to fumble everything with gloves on, my fingers just don’t work right in them.
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Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.