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How to survive the cold in Tallinn

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By Noora Karppi  •  25.01.2019

Wear warm clothes

When the temperature is as low as -15 °Celcius (5 °Fahrenheit), you need to wear proper winter clothes and many layers. Cold weather doesn’t need to cramp your style, but please do wear long johns or thermal underwear under your OOTD (outfit of the day). 

Must have accessories are: hat, gloves and scarf. Good quality sweaters consist of at least 50% of natural materials (wool, cashmere, alpaca, merino wool, etc). Don’t forget warm winter boots and a thick jacket. 

You'll find proper winter clothing at local stores in Tallinn in case you arrived in shorts.

Breathe the right way

Cold air can make breathing unpleasant. The winter air is dry and cold and irritates your lungs and airways. Cover your mouth and nose with a scarf, and if possible, breathe in through your nose. Your nose will warm up the dry and cold winter air and prepare it for your lungs so that they won't know any more whether you are on a tropical island or at the Arctic Circle. 

If however you feel a sore throat at the end of the day, make yourself hot tea with honey & ginger and keep your feet warm with woolen socks. 

Stay out of the cold

Don’t stay out in the cold for long periods. If your toes start to ache and cheeks hurt, step into a café and have a small break. Cold weather is perfect for exploring museums and enjoying long meals. You don’t need to be the toughest guy or gal in the town and freeze your face off. 

If you take lots of photos, you can’t wear gloves as much as one would probably want to. The cold air and wind can cause excruciating pain in your fingers, so make sure you step inside every once in a while. Use fatty creams to keep your skin moist and prevent cold bite. 

Don’t let the battery die

Now that you know how to take care of yourself and your companions. Let’s move on to the next important thing. Cold winter and extreme changes in temperatures are a killer for any smartphone. You don’t even need to use your phone that much to drain out the battery. 

One way to prevent this from happening is to keep your smartphone in your pocket close to your body. Save the battery for emergencies, and use your phone outside only if you really need to. Like at the Kohtuotsa viewing platform

Once you are inside again, don’t start to use your phone immediately. The cold phone won’t like it. Wait a bit, and let your smartphone adjust to the sudden change in temperatures. This goes also for charging. Don’t charge a phone that’s stone cold. 

If you drop your phone in the snow, shake the snow off, don’t sweep or blow, it will melt and the water might damage your smartphone.

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The cold weather is completely tolerable, if you are prepared and know how to tackle it. With these tips you’ll learn how to enjoy the cold and extremely beautiful winter days in Tallinn!