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how to layer clothing for outdoor winter adventures

This post is sponsored by ClimateRight but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

January is one my favorite months of the year here in beautiful Palm Springs. The mornings and evenings are sharp with a winter chill in the 40s, but the days still climb into the 60s. And while most days are clear blue skies, I still get a few rainy days that I love. Possibly the best part of it all is rain here in the valley, means snow up on the mountain. One quick aerial tram ride and you are in a different world – a winter wonderland – and the same goes for nearby Idyllwild, a day trip my daughter and I often take.

Today I was feeling the itch to drive up to Idyllwild with Savannah. I wanted to see the snow, breathe in the fresh mountain air and take in some really good vegan food. This mountain town holds one of my favorite vegan restaurants ever! I also wanted to check out a spot we always spend time at, Lake Fulmor, which is frozen over right now. Savannah thinks it’s pretty fun to toss pebbles onto the frozen lake and watch them skip and slide.

I didn’t always live in sunny SoCal. I grew up in four-season-weather Virginia in a skiing family, so I definitely know all about layering to stay warm. For the past couple of years, I’ve been relying on ClimateRight by Cuddl Duds at Walmart to keep insulated and warm during our cold adventures (and also lounging at home). I’ve slowly been building my collection to add more base layers, a really important part of layering clothing for cold weather.

When you break it down, there are three important layers for winter warmth:

  1. Base Layer – the underwear layer that warms and wicks moisture from your skin.
  2. Middle Layer – the insulation layer that retains heat.
  3. Outer Layer – the shell layer protects you from wind, rain and snow.

While sometimes layering’s major purpose is to just pack on as much heat-retaining clothing as possible, it can also be about having options. Once you get moving outside, you can really start to warm up. Before you know it, you’re sweating while it’s freezing outside, especially when the sun is out. Wearing layers gives you the option to strip down and this is why I love the ClimateRight Warm Base Layer collection. The cozy leggings and tops from ClimateRight at Walmart can be worn as the bottom layer OR you can wear them on their own.

Sometimes winterwear can get expensive, especially when you’re outfitting a whole family, but with ClimateRight you can layer up without breaking the bank. Each piece is only around $10 at Walmart – high quality, low price – you can’t beat that. At Walmart (even more so at you will find a wide collection of ClimateRight Pieces. I really love the ClimateRight Plush Warmth leggings and matching top. Mine are the color “Black Space Dye“.

The¬†ClimateRight Plush Warmth Leggings feature moisture-wicking fabric and waistband with a brushed inside for cozy comfort and extra warmth. The inside of these leggings is seriously so soft! I wear them adventuring, but also just lounging around the house on cool mornings. Don’t leave Walmart without the matching long sleeve crew that features the same stretchy Spandex, a super soft inside and contoured thumbholes.

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