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Tips to survive Midwestern winter

The past few weeks have been unnaturally pleasant in the case of the weather. But, in the words of House Stark, winter is coming. Snow, ice, and wind that feels like death when it blows your face, there’s a Midwest winter coming and it’s not going to be pretty. But there is a way to survive. While it won’t require you to stay in a horse carcass like Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant,” these tips will definitely improve your winter experience.

Invest in thermal clothing

Most of us are familiar with traditional winter clothing such as gloves, beanies and scarves. Not enough people understand the value of thermal clothing, which is designed to trap body heat. Thermal shirts, socks, and long underwear can make time outside more comfortable, especially long underwear.

While it might not traditionally sound masculine to wear thermal leggings, my grandparents wore them while working on the farm in the winter. There’s nothing manly about freezing from the waist down.

Thermal equipment is also incredibly affordable. Combined with traditional winter clothing and a pair of boots, you must be prepared for winter.

Get a roadside kit

For students who have a car on campus, there is a specific protocol for getting out of a dangerous situation related to your car. Having an ice scraper/snow brush will come in handy, but you should also have an emergency kit ready in case an emergency situation arises such as slipping on black ice or falling into a pit.

An affordable standard set should include:

  • Cat Litter: Even if you don’t have a cat, spreading this on your tires will provide the traction needed to get out of a pit.
  • Road flares: These surprisingly affordable devices are extremely useful for alerting passing traffic to your predicament. While you can have a flashlight, batteries can die and the light is less visible when you’re moving at 45 miles per hour.
  • Snacks: If you’re stuck on a country road, some long-lasting snacks like granola bars, bacon, and fruit snacks may be good for the meal. For drinks you can bring bottles of water but it will likely freeze.
  • Blankets: One of the worst things you can do when you’re stuck for long periods of time is to leave the car running for too long. For every hour you’re stranded, only run your car for 10 minutes to save fuel, according to Massachusetts Department of Transportation. To stay warm, use blankets to keep the heat inside and run the car periodically. Keeping an extra beanie, scarf, and pair of gloves can also be helpful.

Find new ways to categories

Even if you are warmly dressed, try to break into as many buildings as possible to get to class. By doing this, you are reducing your time outside, which is always beneficial. Even if you add an extra two minutes to your walking time, it’s worth it.

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