One of the most frustrating things when traveling is to arrive somewhere wearing the wrong clothes because you didn’t realize how hot or cold it would be. While everyone knows that temperatures in the 80-90-degree Fahrenheit range are hot and temperatures in the 20-30-degree range are cold, sometimes it can get confusing for everything in between. If you’re traveling somewhere where the temperature is going to be around 40 degrees Fahrenheit, expect to experience fairly cold weather. You won’t freeze to death, but you’ll definitely feel the chill.

Things You'll Need

Pants or something that completely covers your legs is necessary. 40 degrees is too cold for shorts or a dress unless you wear leggings underneath the dress. You probably don’t need to wear leggings or long johns underneath pants unless you really can’t handle the temps, but pants are a must.

Wear a long-sleeved top with a high neckline, a sweater, or hoodie. Any long-sleeved cotton top will work fine for casual outdoor outings or activities, but throw a sweater on top if you get cold easily. If you’re going to be doing any running or hiking, it’s a good idea to wear a specialized acrylic fabric or other sports shirts made specifically to draw moisture away from your body. Layering is also a good idea for a 40-degree workout.

Wear an insulated jacket or a coat. You don’t need a heavy coat, but you should have a jacket that is lined with wool, fleece or another insulating material. A long coat may be overkill, but it depends on your personal body temp.

Carry gloves, a hat or a beanie. You may not need them, but if the temperature drops later in the day, you’ll be glad you have them to keep your body warm. Add a scarf to a light jacket for more warmth.

Wear closed-toe shoes or ones that don’t show too much skin in general. Sneakers, boots or flats are fine for 40-degree weather, and socks are a great idea; flip flops or open-toed shoes are not. Open-toed shoes allow heat to escape your body through your feet, making your entire body colder.