It is amazing that with such a simple concept as transitional services, not everyone uses it. The Firenze girls and I SWORE by transitional services when studying abroad. It was the first time any of us had to walk to every destination in the cold weather (city living is so fun!) and we didn't know what else to do besides bundle up, wear stockings under our clothes, and stop frequently in the stores along our path.
Then came along Transitional Services....
The rules are simple:
1. Bundle up as well as you possibly can... but only do so at the very LAST minute before leaving your warm abode.
2. When entering any warm zone, IMMEDIATELY take off as many layers as possible (even if you are still cold). This way when you have to re-enter the world of frightful coldness, you have a couple of warm layers to add to help you out (easiest transitional service items are coats, gloves, scarves and hats)
SO many times I see a girl in a clothing store all bundled up in her coat... when she leaves to walk to her car she is going to FREEZE as she has no extra protection from inside the store to out.. However, had she used transitional services, she would have had her nice warm coat to bundle her up against the cold.