1. Get a good coat. For me, a good coat means one that can be closed by buttons or a zipper. It should be able to take wind (not breezes) without letting that in. And you want to be sure it can be snugged in around your neck.
2. Dress in layers. Frequently people (including me) find this really heavy sweater or whatever and decide it is a great defense. Maybe not. A single layer is more likely to let cold air in and hot air out. If you have a combination of layers, you are more likely to keep your body warmth in and cold out. Debbie Lyons-Blythe says layers are a must for her too as she works cattle! Carolyn Olson who lives in Minnesota gives me detail saying: “I use running tights for my base layer when I’m heading out in the cold for a while. They are breathable, easy to get pants over, and are better than waffle weave at keeping you warm.”
3. Keep your feet warm! Lord knows this is a top priority! Emily Zweber and I are both huge fans of SmartWool socks. And Kelly Rivard points to good winter boots — water-resistant, non-slip tread & well-lined! It’s so important to me that I have a few pair and have become one of those people… people who wear Ugg boots! My girl friends tend to have other allegiances — Leah Beyer recommends North Face, Debbie lives by Arctic Muckboots and Katie Pinke likes UnderArmour ColdGear socks and Kamik snow boots! Oh and I have some shearling houseshoes that are awesome when I’m home!
4. Find a warm hat, something to keep the wind off your ears! My nephew got me thinking seriously about a warm hat recently & I asked my tweeps for tips for really warm hats and was blown away with the response! Hats with flaps to cover the ears were tops for many though a few suggested headbands can be effective too. I kept the backup I had gotten for my nephew & it came in handy Thursday!
5. Protect your hands. Even if it is just cool not cold, I’m a big fan of lots of prep in this one! And seriously, I have so many different weights of gloves made of various fibers. My basic gloves are leather with a thinsulate or cashmere lining. But when it is seriously cold out, I have a pair of lightweight Marmots I wear as liners in some fleece NorthFace gloves. Keeping your hands from drying out is also important — Deb Brown, Leah and Emily all agreed on that! My favorite is Carmex Healing Cream… dang that stuff feels good! Leah says she carries those “hot hands” packets that you can shake up and activate — I restocked on those just before Christmas!
6. Book a trip somewhere warm so you have a thaw on the horizon was Val’s first suggestion!
7. Stay hydrated. The constant barrage of heaters dry the air out so bad that you need to look at staying hydrated. Slathering up with lotion is a big piece for Deb and drinking water are both on the list. I have to say, having a whole home humidifer helps too!
8. Eat filling comfort foods that warm you from the inside! Debbie says keeping a big pot of soup on the stove helps her family get through the long ranching days working cattle. (Love her cows in the snow photo she let me borrow. ) I have to admit red beans and rice or chili is more my style!
9. Learn how to use fireplaces & get supplies! When I bought a house in St. Louis, I looked at the realtor like she was nuts when we talked about the fireplace inspection, telling her I never lived in a place with one and couldn’t imagine being comfortable using it. Lord have mercy I learned quickly! The inspector walked me through things and I paid attention. I’m using that info these days! My favorite is the gas fireplace in the living room. A few weeks ago I was thrilled to realized I did indeed know how to safely light the pilot light! Nice to have multiple heat sources to survive extreme cold.
10. If you are going out, make sure you have your car well prepared! As I parked my car tonight, I looked at the gas gauge… I know I need to get gas before it goes down much more. What was I thinking? Anyway. The girls had me a long list of things to consider for the car!
11. Relax with hot drinks… maybe alcohol or both! As I asked friends about tips to surviving the cold, it didn’t surprise me that Dairy Carrie Mess was the first to suggest booze, but I have to admit, the strong support for it was less than expected! Pretty much everyone offered supportive words with Deb’s suggestion of warm alcoholic Tom & Jerrys and spiked hot chocolate or tea doing well for the catch all. Carrie also has rumchata recipes!
12. Get a good snow shovel & some ice melt! When you are at the hardware store, check out the way various shovels grip and find something you think will work for you. I keep that and a broom at the front door along with some ice melt so I can get the front step cleared ASAP.
13. Prep your home well! Remember power outages happen and you will want to prepare for that much like we do for tornado season!
15. Keep things in perspective. It truly is a first world problem the way we get to deal with these harsh temperatures. Having extreme cold sucks, sure it does. But homes are warm as are offices, restaurants, etc. Besides, there are benefits to extreme cold like fewer bugs in the spring!
What are we missing? What tip do you have we should know about?
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