Winter Tips from New England

outside tempAs 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Listen to the weather forecast but don’t obsess over it. We can’t change the weather, we can only prepare.
  7. Preparedness does not include buying up all the milk, bread and toilet paper in the store. PLEASE leave some for your neighbors!

Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, MCC, SCAC, BCC
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