Walking to class in the cold weather is seriously the worst thing about college, especially since two of my classes are in the farthest building possible. That walk is outrageous, and although it hasn’t snowed yet, I can’t imagine having to walk almost a mile in foot deep snow. I’ve braved the weather in college two years running. There have been times I’ve wanted to skip class and curl up and just give up my walk, but I can’t if I want to succeed academically! If you’re struggling with the winter trek to class, here are a few tips to make your journey a little easier.
What you wear during your walk is key! An outfit can literally make or break you so pay attention to the weather. You can never go wrong with boots, thick leggings, a big sweater, a coat, mittens, and a scarf. Sometimes I tend to even bring an extra sweatshirt or jacket just in case my coat isn’t enough to keep me warm. Or I’ll even wear sweats over my leggings just for extra warmth, and then I’ll take them off when I get to class.
Bring a Warm Drink
On my walk, I always love to bring a travel mug filled with hot chocolate or coffee. Sipping on a hot drink while you walk can warm you up from the inside out, and it gives you something to look forward too on cold days. Instead of dreading them, I think “Hey, the more reason to make hot chocolate today.” Sure it takes up a bit of extra time, but it’s worth the wait!
Wear Fuzzy Socks
My feet are always the first thing to get cold when I’m outside, even if they’re covered better than my upper body. Fuzzy socks are the best and most fun way to stay warm because they’re SO FUZZY. And cute of course. Slip on a pair before you put on your shoes, and your feet will be warm all day!
Try Public Transportation
If you have it, take advantage of public transportation. My campus has shuttles that run all day for classes, so if I’m nearby, I’m taking one. Whether my walk is long or not, it’s a lot warmer than being in the blistering cold wind chill. If your campus has a system like this, make note of it. If not, see if you can take a bus or snag a ride with a commuter friend on the way! My sorority sisters are always offering rides to classes for girls who have to walk a long way, so you never know who might be available to drive you!
Rethink The Route
If you really can’t avoid the cold, try seeing if you can take a route through different buildings to avoid the chill. During the winter chill, I try to walk through the student union and the science building to get to my class so I can get bursts of warm air as I walk, making the cold a little more bearable.
What do you do to stay warm? Leave a comment below!