Bundle up, Stags. Our New England winter has finally arrived! If you have not experienced a Connecticut snowstorm yet, last week’s blizzard was probably a huge wake-up call for some of you warm-weather students. While I’m sure you may have been prepared with the basic seasonal attire you saw in movies or read about in a magazine, like a coat, snow boots or mittens, there are definitely some secret insider materials you don’t know about that will help you survive the upcoming brutal temperatures. Thankfully, you’re in luck! I have been a Connecticut resident all of my life, so it’s safe to say that I know which products will get you through the toughest of winter storms.
Thermal – My absolute necessity for any cold-weather includes my Heat Holders thermal socks and gloves. Not only do they stop any wind from cutting through to my skin, but they come in an extensive range of pretty colors. Without gloves, my hands usually swell or form hives from the outdoor temperatures. However, I have never experienced this when wearing these gloves. You can buy your own pair on either the Heat Holders website or Amazon. Additionally, if you don’t like wearing gloves, I suggest purchasing some HotHands hand warmers so you can quickly heat up what will be the ice blocks at the end of your arms.
Headwear – My ears are probably the first body part to freeze when I walk outside. No matter how much I try to cover them with my hair to keep them warm, it never works. That’s why I always wear either my hat, earmuffs or a Heat Factory headband. Each of these products fully covers my ears and blocks the wind from attacking. I can’t see why anyone wouldn’t want to protect their ears. It’s the worst feeling when they start to heat up again and burn!
Layers – Most people forget that your coat is not enough to stop the wind from making you freeze. A simple extra layer of clothing will do wonders to keep you warm. I personally like wearing a long sleeve thermal shirt or turtleneck under a hoodie or another top. Then, I’ll wear thermal or regular leggings under my sweats or jeans. It may seem uncomfortable at first, but you’ll be sure to thank me later.
Now that you know to wear thermal socks, gloves, headwear and multiple layers, you’re ready to go outside! Here are some winter activity suggestions that will, without a doubt, leave you with some unforgettable memories.
Sledding – A popular tradition for Fairfield students consists of finding a group of friends and sledding down the hill behind the DiMenna-Nyselius Library. I’ve heard of some people using their mattresses, storage box lids and a whole bunch of other creative alternatives. However, a typical plastic sled ranges anywhere from $10 to $20 at your local Home Depot or Walmart. But, then again, those crazy choices may just lead to more memorable moments.
Build – Feeling creative? Snow is the perfect material to build anything your mind can think of. Some usual creations include snowmen, an igloo or snow angels. However, I can’t guarantee that your art will last very long due to unpredictable weather and students looking to have some fun, so remember to take a picture to save the memory!
Snowball fight – Can we have a snowball fight in the Quad? I’ve seen so many other schools break out in a full-on war against their friends. It looks like so much fun, and I feel like this would be an awesome way to build our Stag community up since COVID-19 has ruined most of our opportunities to mingle. Please reach out to me in some way if you ever want to have a snowball fight!
When all is said and done, and you’re finished playing in the snow, you’ll soon peel off the several layers of clothing that have kept you warm all day. You’ll gladly curl up in your cozy sheets and chug a huge mug of hot chocolate while watching some Netflix…well, that’s what I’ll do at least. I hope these tips and tricks will help you get through the start of a cold New England winter!