How to stay warm in the winter months

As temperatures drop, be sure to plan for the worst

Technically, we in the Northern Hemisphere are still in autumn (winter begins December 21), but that doesn’t mean it isn’t cold. The temperatures have been dropping, and will only get lower as we head deeper into the winter months.

While you’ll likely be inside for most of the season, there will be times where you’re forced to brave the weather, such as waiting at the bus stop. Here are some extra measures to take so you can remain warm this winter.

  • Always keep an extra pair of gloves/mittens in your backpack or coat. You never know when you might lose one or when a friend needs a pair.
  • Layers: It seems unnecessary to say, but don’t forget to add layers. It’s simple and effective; don’t get bold and think you’ll be fine without extra layers.
  • Hat, Earmuffs, Scarves: Your head, face and neck need warmth too. Don’t skip wearing at least a hat, because freezing ears are one of the worst pains of winter.
  • Buy hand warmers. They’re cheap and you’ll be glad you bought them.
  • Stay dry. Avoid puddles when walking, and only layer enough to keep you warm, not to make you sweat.
  • Stay hydrated and try to eat something before heading out. The calories and hydration will help.
  • Try to keep your blood pumping well. Always stay moving outside if you can.
  • Make sure you’re prepared for not only the cold, but the elements. Make sure you have on the right clothing if it’s snowing, sleeting or raining outside.
  • Lastly, make sure you have a warm setup when you finally get back inside, like a fireplace or your bed.

There’s no reason to risk hypothermia or frostbite this winter. Take the precautions, and you’ll be good to go for these cold months.