With cold weather finally descending on Minneapolis, it's time for those of us lucky enough to live in the frozen tundra to come up with ways to stay warm. As I grew up in Montana and went to college in Grand Forks I have plenty of experience keeping warm. For those of you that are not ready for the cold, here are a few tips from someone crazy enough to live in the cold for 20+ years.
- If you are going to be outside for more than five minutes at a time, bundle up with wool socks and long underwear. These make a big difference.
- Of course you should always wear gloves, but for extra protection, buy some extra large mittens and put them on over your gloves. You will be amazed at how much longer your fingers can go without going numb.
- Avoiding the wind is critical. Today's temperature was below 0, but with windchill it felt like -30. The wind is the killer and should be avoided. If you can't park inside, try to park on the side of your building away from the wind. Anything you can do to avoid being buffeted by the gale force winds will help you stay warm for longer.
- Warm your car up. Though some say this is not necessary to do this for your car, it's critical for your own comfort. Let your car run for five minutes before you leave and you might get warmth out of your vents before you get to the office.
- Turn down your thermostat. This isn't going to keep you from freezing, but not only will it save you money, but it won't feel quite so cold outside. This is completely psychological but sometimes it's effective.
None of these are overly creative, but they do work. Post your own tips in the comments.