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Why you should pack a hat next time you head outdoors

Hikers on a winter walk wearing hats
Four hikers all sensibly wearing warm hats on their winter walk (Image credit: Getty Images)

Hats are an excellent addition to anyone's backpack. I say "hats" because I always have at least two in my bag. This might seem a bit excessive, but you would be amazed how many times I've lent them on walks. So, yes, even one hat is well worth throwing in your pack just in case. Unless, of course, you don't have a head. In which case, fair play. But if you a currently a head-bearing human, it's well worth considering bringing a hat to keep your head nice and toasty.

Other than to spice up your generic outdoor gear with some vibrant patterns (and maybe a pom pom or two), hats are really useful for thermal regulation. By which we mean, putting a hat onto your head is a very effective way of keeping you warm overall. 

You see, your head is not as good at keeping your body heat in as the rest of your body. Even if you're wrapped up warm, if you don't cover your head, you can lose a lot of body heat through it. How much exactly seems to vary depending on where you look on the internet, but it's maybe around 50% - although remember 80% of statistics are made up. 

Still, you get the point, leaving a hat off your head is like turning the heating on and opening a window. So if you aren't already a hat wearer, maybe consider bringing one of your next winter trip outdoors. You might be surprised how much of a difference it makes.