Originally Posted by nomovement
heavy wool topcoat
overshoes-neos are great and cheap
very nice lined leather gloves (have your fam buy you this as everything else can be had on the cheap<$100 if you want) leather is very important b/c you want a glove that will retain some of your hand's tactile qualities-nothing's worse than having to take your glove off to grab your bus pass or pay for a cofee etc-so don't buy too thick
warm knit cap
now, here's the bit that'll save you on those really cold days:
balaclava-its a glorified ski mask; but it will really protect your face from the cold wind and I promise, you will never be uncomfortably cold.
Thanks. I'm convinced that something is exaggerated with all these winter horror stories and advice given by other Filipinos. The balaclava is a good but cheap idea, in addition to the beanie which I was hoping to find at an army/navy surplus somewhere.
However, are the gloves that expensive? That's what I was asking about in that separate thread. I was left with the impression that $20 gloves from Filene's are more than enough.
I am enlisting LA Guy's help with the topcoat, and I'm glad he mentioned this early on and emphasized the ski jacket was not the way to go even though everyone I know who's leaving seemed to have bought a North Face jacket for whatever reason.