Baby it’s cold outside…

Posted by Hayley Taylor

‘Baby it’s cold outside’…
One of my favourite Christmas songs, but also what I say to my friends every morning as soon as I step out of my front door. It’s got to that time of year again where the weather has most definitely ‘turned’, and it never fails to come as a shock to me when it happens!

It may sound silly, but life can become pretty miserable when you’re continuously numb in the hands and feet, and although I love a crisp (and sunny!) winter’s morning just as much as the next person, I HATE being cold. Therefore, I’ve decided to share with you my hacks for surviving the bleak early-winter.

A hat

Something in which I look absolutely ridiculous. However, during those nippy nights walking back from lectures I wouldn’t be without it as it saves my ears from falling off. Also, a hat can look quite good with a matching scarf and pair of gloves.

Shoes without holes

Sadly, rainy days in Cardiff are fairly common and the worst thing of all is to have wet feet all day, especially if they’re at risk of icing over. Fed up of going to put on soggy shoes in the morning, I’ve often resorted to wearing my walking boots instead- not the most attractive look, but a small price to pay for dry toes.

A flask

I got a flask for my birthday this year and it has come in SO handy in the last couple of months! Getting out of bed has become increasingly more difficult with it getting colder, so I’ve been able to steal an extra ten minutes by taking my morning coffee on the go. It also makes 9am lectures a little less threatening.

An electric blanket

Honestly, the best purchase I’ve ever made in my life. Last year my room was downstairs with a high ceiling and a big bay window, so every day felt like the depths of winter. My radiator was pathetic and quite far from my bed, so I’m not lying when I say my electric blanket changed my life. At first people mocked me, but my room soon became the go-to for a cosy film night, and now I wouldn’t be without it…

A little bit of common sense

I added this one because turning the heating on is often a difficult topic in most student houses, and the start of many a house argument. I visited a friend the other day, and they had a note on their heating switch – a friendly reminder stating:

‘Only turn the heating on if you can answer YES to the following questions:

  1. Are you wearing a thick jumper and at least one other layer underneath?
  2. Are you wearing two pairs of socks?
  3. Can you see your breath in the air?’

Potentially this is a little extreme, but I like the idea all the same!

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