If you are like me, you already found yourself in the uncomfortable situation of not knowing which clothes to bring for a trip, or what to bring for the day, if you live in a region with high temperature variations. For this, I have devised an empirical method, which I have called “the 5º Celsius rule”. It has been tested for the past 5 years and proved to be quite effective.
A caveat here: since I’m the only male subject to this model, there’s no statistical validity, so you’ll probably need to adapt it according to the workings of your body. For example, I guesstimate that for females, it would be the “4º Celsius rule”.
Anyway, here’s the 5ºC rule:
“You are at 25ºC, wearing shorts and T-shirt. For each decrease of 5ºC, you add another piece of clothing”
This rule is for a condition without any wind, so in more details:
- 25°C : You are wearing shorts and T-shirt
- 20°C : You either put some pants or a sweater
- 15°C : You put the one missing from above (pants or sweater)
- 10°C : You’ll need a coat
- 5°C : Gloves and a tuque (knit cap)
- 0°C : Long underwear
- <0°C : Get away from this place! (LOL)
So there you have it. Now you know how to fill your suitcase for your next trip =)