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Surviving Cold Weather While On Duty

Have you checked the weather on the news lately, or just looked out the window? It’s cold! It seems like it’s only going to get colder over the long term. So much for global warming right!

Not only is the weather making it a pain to get to your place of duty, but then as a correctional officer you’re most likely surrounded by concrete and steel bars on the job which only can make matters worse and drain you energy and mental focus for the duration of your shift.

Now the folks on the east coast of the United States have generally received the brunt of the severe winter weather in recent years, which is now affecting the southeastern states as well. On the west coast we haven’t as of yet received anything nearly as long lasting and damaging as of yet, but I’m sure its coming, and when it comes I want to be ready.

So with that said, I wanted to put together a list of basic essentials for dealing with the cold weather as a prison guard, but really for anyone in law enforcement that wants to increase there thermal protection from the cold without adding a lot of bulk to the appearance of their uniform.

Base Layers & Thermal Underwear

Duofold Men's Expedition Weight Crew Thermal TopPolarmax Men's Double Base Layer Long Sleeve Crew Tee Pearl Izumi Men's Thermal Long Sleeve BaselayerMen's Extreme Cold Waffle Knit Thermal Top and Bottom Set
Duofold Men's Expedition Weight Bottom Polarmax Men's Double Base Layer Pant Pearl Izumi Men's Run Select Thermal TightMens COOVY Winter Thermal Compression Base Layer Tights


Heritage Extreme Winter Glove, BlackBlack Diamond Guide Glove - BlackIsotoner Men's Smartouch Tech Stretch Glove Fleece Lined, Black


Darn Tough Vermont Merino Wool Micro Crew Cushion SockWigwam Men's Merino Hiker Socks, BlackCarhartt Men's Cotton 3 Pack Crew Work Socks, BlackHeat Holders Thermal Socks, Black

Cold Weather Gadgets & Gear

Zippo Hand Warmer, Black MatteHand Warmers - HotSnapZ Reusable Round & Pocket WarmersRechargeable Hand Warmer + 5200mAh Slim External Battery Charger with Emergency Flashlight - Defrost Labs LE5K 3-in-1 External Battery Charger

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