Brrr, it sure is chilly outside! The past few winters in Missouri, the average temperature is around 60 degrees. Yep, it’s that warm. This 2 degree and below weather is honestly a huge culture shock, and I don’t think I’ve seen snow in like three years (I just looked outside and it just now started snowing, this is weird). Anyways! Walking around campus in freezing weather is not one of my favorite things to do. I never feel like I’m prepared enough for the winter because the cold always seems to sneak itself in! Not this year!
Follow my tips on how I prepare my room, wardrobe, and skin for the winter madness!
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In Your Dorm Room
Seal Any Window Leaks
Although you may have your heater on, the warm air may not circulate well if your doors or windows are leaking in cold air. If you feel any cold air seeping through your windows, try placing towels or wash clothes where you feel the leak. This will make sure any warm air isn’t escaping, and no cold air is creeping in.
I don’t know where I’d be without my fuzzy blankets at the foot of my bed. Whenever I’m feeling chilly, I’ll take it off my bed and wrap it around me while I study, or pull it in bed with me! My favorite blanket has to be this one from Target. It’s large while being very fuzzy and soft. I’ll usually wrap it around me while I’m at my desk, or put it on top of my comforter when I sleep.
Let Sunlight In During The Day
While it may be cold outside, if the sun is out, use it to your advantage. Open your curtains up and let that light pour in. Through your window, the light should gather a bit of heat and warm up your room a tad bit.
Want tips on how to survive the chilly walk to class? Read my post 5 Tips To Surviving The Chilly Walk To Class.
Make Sure Your Vents Aren’t Blocked
My freshman year in the winter our room would never seem to get warm. It turns out we were blocking one of the vents with our stuff without even knowing it! When you turn on your heat, make sure to examine your vents to make sure nothing is blocking the air current. You want that heat to spread!
Limit The Space
I lived in a six-person dorm room my first year, so there were three bedrooms, a living room, and a bathroom. It’s a lot harder to heat five rooms than one. During the winter we tried closing our doors as much as possible so any heat we had in the room didn’t leak out. Our room was toasty warm once we kept our doors closed! (And when the vents weren’t blocked, oops)
Wear Lots Of Layers
My first class of the day was at 9 AM in the farthest building on campus. Nearly a mile away! That’s a tough walk to make in 30-degree weather. I started to stick to layering up when I went outside. I’d wear a nice long-sleeved shirt, a sweatshirt, a jacket, and possibly a coat on top of that. I’d wear leggings as well and maybe put on a pair of sweats over those if I was really chilly! Wearing multiple items of clothing is sure to keep you warm even in the coldest of temperatures!
Invest In A Good Coat
I made the dumb mistake of leaving my coat at home over winter break, which is why I got so good at layering my clothes. A good coat in college really is a must around the winter time because you don’t know how far your walking, and you could be outside a lot of the time like I am. I bought a really nice winter coat last year that was fur lined, and a lot of my friends even thought to buy parkas which was smart. Keep a good coat on hand for those really cold winter days with lots of wind chill.
Keep Your Feet Bundled
Cold feet in the winter are the worst! The best way to make sure your feet don’t freeze is to make sure to put on some thick socks and a good pair of shoes. I recommend boots since they’re the easiest to put on with thick socks. Fuzzy socks are also great to keep your feet warm as well, and they’re currently just a few dollars at target.
I think my favorite thing about winter is all the cute winter accessories you can buy! Scarves, hats, and mittens are all the rage in the colder seasons. They complete any outfit, and keep you warm!
Tip: Throw your clothes in the dryer before you leave the house on a cold day. It’ll keep you warm all around!
My skin gets very dry in the winter time. My makeup doesn’t go on right and overall my skin is just rough to the touch. If you’re like me, make sure you’re moisturizing frequently and using lotion every night! I use Clinique Moisturizer and it’s one of the best moisturizers I’ve ever used! My legs also get especially dry in the winter time so having a good lotion is a must!
Keep Chapstick Handy
Anyone else’s lips get chapped easily? I found that walking to class in really cold winds really does a number. I make sure to keep a bunch of EOS chapsticks around at all times. One in my backpack, one on my nightstand, in my car. I like keeping them in a bunch of different places just in case I need one at a certain time!
Invest In A Good Winter Shampoo
Dry skin and scalp are pretty common in the wintertime. I find that I start switching shampoos around November or December to make sure my hair is getting the best treatment in this weather! Head and Shoulders is a great shampoo for dry scalp or Paul Mitchell Tea Tree! It leaves a minty fresh scent and tingly feel on your head. Give it a try!
What do you do to survive the chilly winter weather? Leave a comment below!