For someone who has never experienced Colorado’s winter season, it can be a bit overwhelming when considering what items you need to have to ensure your safety and sanity during the next few months. Here are the cold, hard facts about Colorado’s winter season. These tips will keep you set for your first winter in the mountains.
1. Invest in snowshoes:
If you don’t wear snowshoes, you will fall. So purchase some waterproof snowshoes with good tread, or accept the pain and embarrassment of your inevitable fall now. For extra warmth, add some wool socks to the equation.
2. Dress in layers:
Dressing in layers is vital. It will be freezing in the morning. It will be freezing at night. And it will be extra freezing as you walk or bike from class to class. But it is not freezing inside the actual building. And it is not as freezing during the afternoon. So dress in layers to ensure that you will be comfortable all day long.
3. Don’t forget your winter accessories:
Scarves, hats and especially gloves are essential items for staying warm throughout the season. Plus, winter accessories are really cute, so you’re benefitting your comfort and style.
1. Moisturize your skin and lips:
It is important to remember that Colorado winters are extremely dry, which can make your lips chapped and your hands extremely uncomfortable. This complication has a quick and easy solution. Throw some lotion and lip moisturizer in your backpack. It will come in handy more than you think.
2. Purchase a humidifier:
As you could probably guess, walking outside in below-freezing temperatures every day will eventually have an impact on your immune system if you don’t take precautions. An easy way to protect yourself from catching a cold is to sleep with a humidifier in your room.
3. Don’t get cabin fever:
We are days away from a very snowy and cold campus. You’re not going to participate in as many outdoor activities as you are now. It is really easy to stay cooped up in your room with hot chocolate and Netflix, but that can also be dangerous. Eventually, cabin fever will set in. This can be prevented by simply hanging out with your friends and staying social.
Embrace your first Colorado winter
Build your first snowman:
If you have never played in the snow, you are in for an exciting treat. No one is going to judge you for building snowmen, throwing snowballs, making snow angels or sledding. You are in the clear to let out your inner child and have fun.
Collegian Reporter Randi Mattox can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @randimattox.