Photo: Photo by Thom Holmes
Photo: Photo by Thom Holmes

The winter months are upon us for those that are in the northern hemisphere and that can mean braving some frigid conditions either during your commute, load in or during your event. Even if you are inside, some venues may not turn up the heat anticipating that the patrons will naturally warm up the venue during dancing. Some events have a cocktail hour, dinner and a speaking program before any dancing begins so you may find yourself standing by alone in a frigid room for hours before any action begins. There are also those managers that try to save a buck on cost and just simply will not turn on the heat regardless how many people are in attendance to warm up the spot.

Proper preparation prevents frost bite so planning ahead is your best bet when it comes to keeping warm. Workers gloves are great for keeping your hands safe and clean when handling cables and equipment and they also can do a great job of keeping your hands warm. You can throw a pair of hand warmers into any pair of gloves, shoes or your pockets to add some additional heat to the mix. Your limbs will be the first to get cold as they are the furthest away from your body so keeping the hands, feet and head heated are most important.

When it comes to the rest of your body you should be able to layer up with enough clothing to stay warm. Having additional layers such as thermal underwear can make a huge difference on how much of your own body heat you retain. It is always appropriate to wear a jacket or coat that adheres to the dress code of the event. If you really don’t like being cold then you can bring a small space heater with you but please make sure you pay close attention to it’s power requirements. The right space heater can short out your power source on its own.

It’s also probably a good idea to bring a few extra layers on top of your regular attire and stash them in the DJ booth. The temperature can be drastically different from the time you arrive for set up to the time you finish your set and have to unload. Investing in an insulated flask or water bottle will give you an opportunity to always keep something warm with you. Taking a sip of something hot will warm you right up. Planning ahead is what will keep you warm, but if you just can’t deal with the cold you can always DJ on a cruise ship in the warmer parts of the world. How do you stay warm at ice cold events? Let us know in the comments!