Baby, its cold outside. The winter season is in full swing as we start seeing our first flurries of snow. We all love a good snow day (maybe) but the question remains, are you prepared for when it happens? Getting yourself, your home and even your car ready for the snow can help give you a smooth winter experience.
Cold hard tips for warm winter dressing: Hibernating inside by a toasty fireplace or hot stove sounds like the perfect way to avoid the cold, but the reality is we all have to venture out at some point. Dressing properly will help you brave the snow!
- Dress in layers. In general, you should have three layers of protection, to help contain your body’s heat. A base layer, log johns or thermals. A middle layer, your actual outfit for the day, insulation and an outer layer, clothing that is in direct contact with the elements.
- Dress by activity. Depending what your plans are for the day, you will have to prepare your outfit accordingly. For example if you are doing a sedentary activity such as hunting you will need to bundle up with several layers. However, while you still need to be warm, doing an active sport such as ice skating will require fewer clothes, to not overheat.
- Protect your hands and feet. Wear gloves and insulated boots when leaving the house. The snow and cold can be brutal, by covering your hands and feet you increase your chances of staying warm. Tip: Mittens actually keep your hands warmer over a longer period of time then gloves because your fingers are warmer when they are together.
Winterizing your car: Just as you prepare your body to withstand the harshness of winter with heavy coats and gloves, you can also prepare your car for winter.
- Check your oil, battery and tires. The colder weather can impact several aspects of your car: the tire pressure, the oil in your car and the battery capacity. Checking these regularly throughout the snowy cold months can help save you from a frozen disaster.
- Maintain your windshield wipers. Heavy snow or ice can make visibility low. Be sure to frequently check and refill windshield wiper fluid and replace worn blades.
- Stock your car. Accidents happen more frequently in the snow. Prepare by stocking your car with an emergency safety kit that includes a blanket, flashlight, extra gloves, scraper, washer fluid, water and a charged phone. You never know when you could get stuck on the side of the road.
Home hibernation: The snow day is here and you’re stuck at home! Make sure you think about preparing beforehand.
- Stocked Supplies. Snow is unpredictable. You want to make sure you have enough food and drinks stocked in case you are stuck at home for a few days. Imagine the power went out! Preparing water and food items that do not need to be cooked is smart planning.
- Keeping Warm. You will also want to make sure you have the proper snow gear for inside and outside. This includes hats, scarves, gloves, jackets, ski pants and plenty of blankets!
- Fire building. Who doesn’t love a nice warm fire on a snow day? Stock up on wood and matches to ensure you are prepared. Keeping your wood dry is also important. Store it outside in a woodshed or cover it with a tarp outside.
The snow is coming, and now that you’re all prepared, just grab your s’mores and hot chocolate and enjoy!