If you are like millions of other people, you find yourself dreading the frigid chill of the winter months. For many staying warm during winter seems almost impossible, so we put together this ultimate guide on how to keep warm this winter.
When the Weather Outside is Frightful
Let’s face it on the bitterly cold winter days most of us would love to spend the day wrapped in a blanket in front of a roaring fireplace or heater. However, there are times that you just have to brave the cold out of doors, so knowing how to keep warm is essential to both your comfort and health. Here are some tips that should help you keep warm and toasty, even when braving those freezing temperatures.
Choose Clothing Made From the Right Materials- Cotton is great for keeping cool during those hot summer months but is not the right material for cold winter weather. Once cotton gets damp, it loses what little insulation properties it has, so when choosing materials to help fight cold, you want to start with wool and wool blends. Wool provides insulation even when wet, so it ideal for winter weather. Best of all, wool clothing comes in various styles, from casual pants and sweaters to more dressy jackets and skirts.
Try Warming Your Clothing Before Dressing- Warming up your clothes before dressing can provide a comfortable cushion of warmth that will help keep your body warmer even after the warmth wears off. You can throw your base layer and socks into the dryer to warm them up, and your other layers be can be thrown on a chair in front of your furnace or warmed between the layers of the electric blanket.
Dress in Layers- In order to stay warm when outdoors in winter, it is best to dress in loose-fitting layers. Avoid using cotton as your base layer; you might want to try lightweight fleece, which is both warm and soft. Wool makes a great middle layer and sure to provide added warmth. Lastly, choose a synthetic outer layer that is waterproof and perhaps even down filled. Make sure that your outerwear also includes some warm gloves or mittens, warm socks or stockings, and waterproof footwear.
How to Keep Warm in Your Home During the Daytime Hours
Sometimes it is difficult to stay warm in your home even during the day time hours for you. It isn’t always possible to turn your furnace temperature up to a temperature that is completely comfortable, so here are some other things you can do to help keep warm when indoors during the daylight hours.
Turn your ceiling fan on in reverse. Warm air rises, so turning your ceiling fan on in reverse will force the warmer air down from the ceiling back towards the floor, helping to keep the temperature of your room feeling warmer.
Place plastic over windows to help keep cold air from leaking in and heat from leaking out.
Either dress in layers or keep a sweater or sweatshirt handy that you can put on if you begin to feel too cold. Also, wear shoes and socks because if your feet are cold, you are likely to feel cold all over.
Stay hydrated. When you get dehydrated, you feel the cold more acutely, so it is important that you drink plenty of water in order to keep your body temperature regulated.
Cook in your oven as often as possible. Hot meals will keep you feeling warm, and by using the oven in the kitchen, you are also adding heat to your home.
Keeping Warm During the Nighttime Hours
In many cases, people feel the coldest in the middle of the night. This is due to the fact that most people turn down their thermostats, and their body temperature may drop a couple of degrees. Here are some tips for keeping warm during those nighttime hours.
Use a warm comforter. Using a warm comforter on your bed will help to hold in the heat form your heated mattress pad and allows you to snuggle down under the covers for a good night’s sleep.
Take a hot bath or shower before sleep. Bathing in warm or hot water will raise your body temperature an make you feel warm all over. Once out of the tub, then dress warm in a flannel nightgown or warm pajamas, and don’t forget to wear a pair of warm slippers on your feet.
Use A heated Mattress Pad. A heated mattress pad will warm up your bed before you climb into it and then help keep warm throughout the night.
Tips For Keeping Warm When Traveling By Car
Even if you are traveling short distances from home, there is always the possibility that your car may break down or go off the road under cold, snowy conditions. It is always wise to make sure that you carry items in your car that will help you survive the cold should you have to spend several hours or a night in your vehicle. Here are some items you should keep in your vehicle during the cold winter months.
A supply of water – Staying hydrated will help your body to fight off the cold better.
Food – Keep easy to store food, such as energy bars, packages of dried fruit, and other foods in your vehicle, so should you be stranded, you will be able to keep your energy up and fight off hunger.
Thermal Blankets – Keeping a couple of thermal blankets in your trunk during the winter months so that they are there if you need them.
Make sure your gas tank is always full. If you will be traveling away from the city or going any distance into a rural area, make sure that your gas tank is full. If you have a full gas tank and get stranded for several hours, you will be able to run your heater for short periods of time to prevent your car and you from getting too cold.
You may also want to keep a couple of signal flares or some other device so that you can signal for help. Also, make sure that your cell phone is charged, and you pay close attention to signposts and mile markers when traveling in case you need to call for roadside assistance. Using this guide, you should be able to stay much warmer during those cold winter