Friday, February 8, 2013

Guide to Surviving the Vermont Winters

As you may, or may not know, we are currently in the midst of a blizzard here. Currently, as I sit in my nice warm bed, I can look out my window and see a ton of white powdery stuff start to create a super think layer on the ground. I'm not kidding. There is about a foot of snow currently and it is only going to get worse (or better. I personally love the snow so it is better for me.) But anyway. So before I made my decision to come here all my friends back home were like "isn't it cold there?! how are you going to survive with all that snow?" I told them it would be easy. So here are some of my tips to make walking through that blizzard a little more bearable!

1.) LAYERS. I'm telling you... you NEED to layer up when you go outside, especially if you are walking to class. It tends to be freezing outside and as soon as you get into class you feel like Frosty the snowman on a hot summer's day. It is always good to layer!

2.) Get a good pair of snow boots and a good coat. For the ladies- while UGGS are so comfy (I know, I own 3 pairs) they have absolutely no traction on slippery walkways. Make sure you get a good pair that won't make you fall flat on your face. I currently have a pair of Sorrell boots and while they are a little clunky and fairly expensive, I know that they are keeping me warm and dry, keeping me on my feet and they will last for a while! Also, get a good coat that is water proof! This is really important because you don't want your clothes underneath your coat to get soaking wet. A good coat will help to keep you nice and warm.
These right here are Sorell boots. I would HIGHLY suggest getting them or something like them! They really do make a difference!

3.) Check the weather often. This is something I do almost every morning. I always check the weather app on my phone before I start getting dressed in the morning so that I know exactly what the weather is going to look like for the day so I can dress properly.

4.) Moisturize and use Chapstick! My hands tend to get super dry in the winter, so I am totally guilty of putting on lotion about 10 times a day. Also, chapstick is super important. Not only does it keep your lips nice and soft, but most of them smell super good (my current favorite chapstick is Orange Cream from Blistex. It tastes so yummy!)

5.) Blankets! I am a self proclaimed blanket addict. They keep you so warm and cozy. I love to just snuggle up in a ball under my blankets and watch a movie with a nice hot cup of tea or hot coco!

As always,
Love and blizzards,

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