Here are some ways to manage the cold so you can focus on the beauty.
Always Have a Strategy… And a Back Up Plan
Have a weather app downloaded on your phone so you can check the temperature and precipitation for the day. If it’s cold, wrap up with extra layers. If it’s snowing, you might want a hood or hat. If it’s windy, be ready with a scarf to protect your neck and face.
Not only should you plan your clothing for the weather, but knowing where you’re going and how you’re going to get there will save you unnecessary time trying to search for directions on your phone out in the cold. Know your end destination, your route to get there, and be settled with everything in its place before you leave for the best results.
Layering Is Your Best Friend
Having a good winter jacket is a must, along with scarves, gloves, and hats. This outer shell of protection will save you from the outside elements. But it’s also important to be prepared in every environment.
While indoors seem safe, you never know if you might encounter a drafty window or a faulty heating system. It’s always a good idea to wear layers under your jacket. That’s why winter fashion consists of sweaters and sweatshirt. You can always take off some of these layers if the situation calls for it, but there’s nothing worse than being cold and have nothing to help stop it.
Hot Beverages Will Save Your Life
Similarly, don’t be afraid to enjoy the food of the season—soup. It can be just as effective as any hot beverage in keeping you feeling warm in the wintery weather.
Try getting cultural and exploring your local museums or snag some tickets to a play or concert to watch a performance. Otherwise get cozy inside with a planned movie marathon or game night with friends without having to go outside. An added bonus? In your apartment or dorm you can cuddle up with a blanket to keep you feeling warm.
Winter doesn’t have to be the end of fun or comfort, but it means taking a little extra time to plan so you’re ready for whatever awaits you outside your front door. With these tips and tricks, you should be ready for an East Coast winter without having to hibernate through it to survive.