We have had an unusually warm start to December this year. I am sure most of you are enjoying the weather and so am I. But winter is coming and as the past has shown it will be COLD and not just, “Oh I think I’ll need a coat,” cold. It will be, “Why do I live here. I hate you snow…are those icicles in my eyelashes?” cold. Now is the time to prepare by filling your room with gloves, scarves, and hats. I have a few tips that I learned as Purdue student that I wished someone would have told me my first Winter!
Invest in a quality winter coat. I have tried the easy and cheap way out to getting winter coats and it just does not work. The best way to get a quality winter coat at a cheap price is to look for sales. The sales after Christmas and Winter seem to give you the best bang for your buck. I have found that the after Christmas coat sales are fantastic and you don’t have to wait until the end of winter to get your coat! If you can stall until the end of January, this is another good time to grab a winter coat at department stores for a bargain price.
Do not worry about how dumb you think you look. This one is very important. I remember getting worried about how a hat would make my hair look or how a bulky, winter jacket made me look like a marshmallow. I spent my first winter here being so very, very cold. The next winter I realized that everyone looks puffed up! We are all wearing huge winter coats, boots, gloves, scarves, hats, and some of us even wear long underwear (this girl). The point is to look out for yourself by staying warm and healthy.
Winter boots are different than fashion boots. Just because something is called a ‘boot’ does not mean it will keep you warm and dry. I was guilty of this until my senior year. I asked for real, winter boots for Christmas and that is exactly what I received – rubber bottomed, fleece lined, lace-up winter boots. I tell myself the flannel tops make them quite fashionable but that is beyond the point. They keep my feet warm, dry, and most importantly slip-resistant.
Buy gloves in bulk. It seems like a silly thing to do but trust me gloves are like socks…they are very mysterious. It will be handy (no-pun intended) to keep multiple sets of gloves on you. Nothing is worse than cold, wind burned hands trying to take an exam.
As you visit home or where ever you end up this winter break think about preparing for the cold that is about to be at our front doorstep!