Winters colder weather is extremely difficult to stay comfortable in. The weather can become vicious, creating a climate that continually makes many of us shiver throughout the day. This simple comprehensive guide on what to do in extremely cold weather will help in keeping you safe, informed, and shivering less during the winter months.
Practicality over style!
The most critical thing you need to do when the colder weather hits is to retain your body heat and stay as warm as possible.
Your body is the most valuable resource you have and is ultimately the best way of keeping you warm, so make sure you’re using it correctly.
While years of seeing adverts for thick coats in shop windows have made us think that the bigger the coat you have, the warmer you will be, there is actually much more truth in the power of light layers.
This is because the air pockets between layers are what retains your body heat, leaving you a lot more cozy than if you were wearing one thick coat.
While layering will help keep you warm when stationary, be warned of wrapping yourself up too much. If you’re going to be walking about, you’ll want to avoid sweating, as this will cool down your core temperature.
Don’t forget your extremities
It’s not just your body and arms that you’ll need to keep warm, so get yourself a warm hat, preferably one with flaps that go over your ears.
Gloves are also very important, so grab yourself some warm, lined ones to keep in your coat pocket for when you need it.
Stay hydrated and well-fed
One of the things we most often forget to do in winter is drink!
When the sun is out in summer it’s easy to notice when you’re getting dehydrated, but the cold can be deceptive and leave you gasping for water without realizing it.
If you find yourself without a water bottle but desperate for a drink, don’t feel tempted to just grab a handful of snow to eat because allowing it to melt inside your body will bring down your core temperature which is the last thing you want.
Instead, melt the snow in any containers you have around and then drink that – hydration without the same cooling effect!
When it comes to foods, eat stodgy, hearty meals that will give you energy and nutrition to keep you warm and your energy levels high.
Keep the heat in and the cold out
Having a well-prepared home is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your loved ones to make sure that you’re safe and comfortable even in the nastiest of conditions.
Power outages often happen in snowstorms, so try not to rely entirely on food that needs to be cooked over the stove.
Canned goods are some of the best food you can have stored in your home, things like tuna are great because they also don’t require a heat source that you might not have access to.
Keep candles all around the house that you can use at night in case the electricity goes out. Also have more candles than you think you need – candles can burn quite quickly sometimes.
Keep the warmth in your home by insulating your space as much as you can and keeping the temperature consistent.
If you’re struggling to pay for heating bills or are wary of the size of your home, then you may consider shutting off the heating to certain rooms that you don’t use as much or are too big to heat without a hefty charge.
Simple measures such as utilizing heavy curtains and double or triple glazed windows can also make a massive difference to the temperature of your home.
Keep your car prepared too
If you’re planning to use your car at all then make sure it’s entirely prepared for emergencies as well as the drive you are expecting to take.
With heavy snowfalls, the roads can become dangerous, and cars often break down or struggle on the roads so make sure to check your gas gauge before stepping out and never let your fuel go below halfway.
In this type of weather, anything can happen on the roads so make sure your tire tread and pressure are also good enough too.
In your car, you should make sure that you have a few essential necessities such as a spare coat or blanket for if you get stuck in the cold. Water bottles, antifreeze, an ice scraper, and a first aid kit are also crucial.
They might seem pointless to keep around if you never have to use them, but the moment you find yourself reaching for them you’ll be glad to have them around.
Maybe it could be a good idea to keep a spare, fully-charged battery pack around too in case your phone battery is struggling and the snow has stranded you.
If you break down and you find yourself worried about your fuel or the conditions of your car then run your engine sporadically only when you need to keep snow away from inside the exhaust.
Even if you begin to get concerned about a lack of food (if you haven’t already packed any snacks in the car) then remember that as long as you have a bottle of water or a container to melt snow in, you’re fine – our bodies can survive a lot longer without food than they do water.
Preparation is key
If you are fully prepared and make the right choices according to this article even when faced with goosebumps and chattering teeth, you’ll be sure to be able to survive the cold weather and come out the other end perfectly comfortable and looking forward to the warmer months.
If you ever need a hand or have a question, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,