LA CROSSE, WI (WKBT) -

Winter comes every year, but many times, people are not prepared for the frigid temperatures.

You can’t spend the whole winter inside - so experts say when you do go out, make sure you dress appropriately. They suggest taking a look at the temperature before heading outside.  

Outdoor activities can expose you to lots of safety hazards. But wearing layers of light, warm clothing, along with waterproof boots, will keep you safe while braving the cold. 

It’s something doctors say could save you a lot of trouble.

"Anytime you get cold enough to get hypothermia or frost bite, there is the potential for nerve damage,” says Rebekah Case, a physician at Mayo Health System. “With frost bite, there is a whole spectrum from hyper sensitivity to cold temperatures, all the way to amputation."

Health experts say it's also important to stay hydrated.