As many of my readers know, I grew up in the Boston area. No stranger to snow, ice or cold. School was rarely cancelled due to snow – we just put on heavy socks, boots and all the rest of the requisite winter gear and headed out. Of course, nothing that I can recall compares to the frigid temps and dangerous conditions we are facing in many parts of North America right now.
Today, my car temp read 7° F, not factoring in the wind chill. For Northern Virginia, this is very cold. Not so much for my family and friends in the north. I was thinking about all the tips that I learned for winter survival, most from my mother who was a “die-hard” New Englander. Here are a few that I hope will help you get through this “wicked cold” winter.
- Carry an extra set of car keys in your purse or pocket. So, when you drop the first set into 2 feet of snow, you can still get into your car, shovel out and go home.
- Have a water bottle with you at all times. Dry, cold weather can really make you thirsty and, if you get stuck, it helps to have water!
- Keep a couple of protein bars or snack bars in your car or purse. They go well with the water when you are in traffic or stuck waiting for a train.
- Always have a pair of shoes in addition to your boots. In deep snow, your boots may get filled with snow and your feet WILL be wet. Oh, take extra socks, too.
- Carry a small flashlight and keep one in your car. Check the batteries every season so you are ready for the dark, cold winter evenings.
- Listen to the weather forecast but don’t obsess over it. We can’t change the weather, we can only prepare.
- Preparedness does not include buying up all the milk, bread and toilet paper in the store. PLEASE leave some for your neighbors!