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How to Survive an Outdoor Event in the Winter When You Want to Be Warm Inside

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You saw the Facebook posts about the Winter Carnival or the Ice Palace or Chowderfest and everyone looks like they're having an amazing time! But when you actually get to the event, you're suddenly craving your couch and blanket and tea. And are maybe swearing to never go out in the winter again. But wait! You don't have to miss out on these fun events - check out our tips below on how to stay warm.

man in front of ice palace

Layer Up Those Clothes

It almost goes without saying, but only almost - we inevitably see at least one person who's dressed more for style than comfort at every winter event in the region. You know what's fashionable? Not getting frostbite. Make sure you are wearing appropriate layers for the weather.

Layers include, but are not restricted to, long underwear (silk makes a great underlayer), serious consideration of two pairs of socks, heavy sweaters, and a down or down-alternative coat meant for chilly weather. Warm layers are key because even the best winter coat won't keep you warm and cozy without a little help from its friends base layer and sweater or hoodie.

Aviation Mall, just south of the Adirondack region in Queensbury, has several stores where you can stock up on what you need. Check out Target for clothing and Dick's Sporting Goods for sturdy winter outerwear.

See the mall directory and a plan a shopping trip »

Go for Mittens Over Gloves

Did you know that mittens actually keep your hands warmer than gloves? If you need the extra dexterity of gloves, consider layering a thin pair of driving gloves under your mittens for extra warmth.

Get a Balaclava

You might look like a bank robber, but you'll be warm - they also make balaclava face masks now.

Invest in Hand & Feet Warmers

Hand and Feet Warmers are the hot bricks of the twenty-first century. These little packs will be your new favorite invention when even your layers and three pairs of socks just aren't standing up to the cold Adirondack winter weather. You might find some at FISH307 among their ice fishing supplies.

Bring a Warm Beverage

We suggest having a bottle of water AND a thermos filled with the warming beverage of your choice. While hot cocoa is the traditional warming beverage for many, you might consider subbing tea, coffee, or even soup!

Scout Out Spots to Warm Up Before You Go

Maybe you're on the look out for cozy bars or a can't-miss gift shop. Whatever your excuse is, plan ahead and figure out where and when to strategically get out of the cold, warm up, and maybe convince your party to stay a while.

Warm up in a cozy Adirondack bar after the event »

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