Winter is coming, and being prepared is essential for survival in the frigid months to come. Here are a few ways you can get ready for the cold before it sneaks up on you.
1. Make sure your car is prepared for winter. Check the tires and windshield wipers, and make sure you have a snow brush on hand. Make sure you wear gloves while brushing off your car or your hands will freeze. The tires should have good traction to keep you from sliding on the road. Your windshield wipers should should not cause streaks, but instead make the windshield clear for you.
2. Keep emergency supplies such as blankets, food, an extra pair of clothes, a coat, etc. in your car. All of these items can be useful in case you have to stay in your car longer than planned. It’s easy to think that you have a gas station or store close by, but getting out on the freeway can be dangerous and you never know where you may be stranded. You never know when an unexpected blizzard will hit, so be prepared for any situation.
3. Invest in warm clothing, shoes, socks and a good coat, even if it isn’t fashionable. Sometimes the warmest, most practical clothes are not the most trendy. One of the easiest ways to ruin your day is freezing as you walk to class and then not being able to pay attention because it takes you most of the class to warm up. It’s better to be over prepared, rather than wishing you had your coat and gloves on your way to class.
4. Stock up on your favorite warm beverages so you can take them with you quickly when you’re rushing out the door to class. Warm beverages are a great way to quickly warm up. You never know when you are going to have to wait to ride the shuttle, take a long walk from your car or walk to campus from Wildcat Village. It’s also a great way to keep your hands warm. Sam’s Club, Costco and Wal-Mart are great places to buy food in bulk.
5. Add a weather app to your computer or phone so you always know what to expect outside. Some examples of weather reporting apps are Accuweather and The Weather Channel. Knowing the weather can help you know how warmly you should dress, whether it is safe to drive or how much snow to expect during the week.