by Jane Hayes of c2

 

It’s never too early to begin prepping for the season ahead. I don’t know about you, but I’m already digging my cold-weather gear out of the closet so when that first snowstorm hits I’m ready to get out there.

Before I started c2, I spent a lot of time outdoors (still do). Constant adventuring has given me the chance to seek and test the best materials to keep me comfortable in the wind, snow, and rain, and learn how factors like what I eat and who my companions are can make or break a day. Here are five things I remind myself at the beginning of each winter season to make sure I keep going from sunup to sundown (and even when I’m caught out after dark).

1. Prepare for the apocalypse
Prep for Outdoor Fun with c2OK, that’s a slight exaggeration, but my point here is that as New Englanders, we know it can go from sun to hail in a matter of minutes. But somehow our Boston Strong-ness makes us think we can hike a snow-covered Mount Washington in shorts.

Make sure you choose gear that’s versatile enough to keep up with changing conditions during your wild adventures. On big excursions, the weather will change while you’re out, and by preparing for the worst you’re ensuring you’ll have the best day.

2. Know your habits—and your friends’
You never want to be the person your friends worry about. Know your body and bring the key special items that will act as creature comforts when you need them most, whether that’s extra socks or a Snickers bar. Your friends’ good time depends on you&mdas