Posted on August 1, 2017
#tips #winters 

What all we don’t do for a dream to come true! Are you planning to move abroad to a cold country for your studies? Then you got to brace yourself, for winter is coming. For international students, if you are from a tropical and warm country and moving to a alpine or cold country like US, Canada, UK etc, then you have got a hell lot of planning to do! That is why we are here to help you, so that you don’t forget even a tiny nail of it.

First and foremost step is always to make a packing list which includes:

Your winter-wear Toolkit:

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Packing just those knitted sweaters and old socks is not going to help anymore. If you got to fight back the cold, then you got to do enough preparation and a little shopping if required. Your winter-wear should include clothing sets for both mild and extreme conditions.

  • Thermal inner-wear, light jackets, woolen socks keep you light for mild winters.
  • Heavy coats, fleece-lined gloves & sweaters, a thick scarf, a wool hat and winter boots are compulsory for combat extreme winter weathers.
  • While selecting your winter boots don’t go for stylish or trendy ones, instead choose rough and thick ones high enough to prevent snow from entering inside. Choose plastic so that it stays resistant from snow which melts under a little sunshine.
  • A proper woolen hat is must to protect your ears from the wind and frostbite. A good scarf keeps your neck warm and comfortable. Proper hand gloves keep your fingers and wrists safe from frostbites.
  • When it comes to shopping, although winter-wear is cheaper in the cold countries than your home, make sure you carry enough equipment to sustain until you get to know the surroundings and go for shopping. It is always better to take someone who has enough idea about the winter-wear along with you for shopping.
  • Remember to always dress in layers. Cotton, natural fur, wool and micro-fiber garments give you protection against cold. Choose cotton inner wear only which absorbs moisture, you don’t want to get wet just in case you break into sweat. Jeans can protect you even from extreme freezing conditions.

Your nutrition and exercise-routine:

Staying warm needs energy. Your body gets easily tired under extreme climatic conditions and hence it is important to take care of your food and drinking habits in order to stay healthy.

  • Always stay hydrated. Your body tends to lose moisture to the environment during winter and gets dry. Hence it is important to keep drinking water or any other fluid content regularly. Avoid cool drinks and ice which disturb the inner temperature equilibrium of your body. Take warm drinks like tea, coffee, hot chocolate etc. Use thermal bottles to preserve such hot drinks.
  • As you body is easily exhausted and looses moisture in winter, it is necessary to keep away from heavy and strenuous exercising routine. It is good and recommended to take rest instead.
  • Staying in one place for long time is very bad. So don’t take too much rest also. Keeping moving around in the house or dress properly and go outside for a stroll and keep your body working. Slight workout can generate heat and keep your muscles active.
  • Keep your mind active. Get accustomed to the weather. Make yourself a nice and hot drink and relax while reading a book. You can try some new recipes while cooking also. Try making soups, tea, cookies etc which are good to take in winter.

Go outside… You got a lot to see:

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It is winter outside. There is nothing more beautiful than snowing days and campfire. It is tempting to spend the whole winter in your apartment sitting cozy in a corner. But try to get outside into the sun as much as you can. You need some Vitamin D too ;)

Go outside with your friends and enjoy the snow. There are places where you can do interesting things like ice skating, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing. You can rent some snow shoes and skis in your budget and go on to some winter festivals too. Getting outside more, helps you to get easily acclimated to the conditions.

Safeguard your Electronics:

Electronic equipment tend to suffer in extreme cold conditions and sometimes shutdown or malfunction if exposed to too much cold. Batteries suffer damage from extreme heat and cold conditions. Here are some tips to safeguard your electronics gadgets:

  • If you have a laptop , it is recommended to remove the hard drive and battery and pack them separately. Back up your data before hand to avoid loosing anything. Keep your hard drive and battery properly wrapped and packed safe from cold.
  • When it comes to smart phones, cameras, iPods, anything with a screen can suffer from condensation build if quickly warmed after being frozen from cold. So protect them well using cases and by putting safely in pockets.
  • In case you drop your smartphone in snow, don’t panic. Remove the battery and SIM card of your smart phone, and wipe it with a fine micro-fiber cloth to remove any moisture and place it in an airtight container until it completely dries out.

Miscellaneous:

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  • Mostly avoid driving in the snow. In case you have to, first prepare your vehicle fit to move in the snow. Brush up on your winter driving skills. Park facing east if possible, to defrost your windshield.
  • Using a proper thermostat is must in winter. Replace your thermostat with a programmable model. First make sure that heat doesn’t leak out of your home. Run your ceiling fans clock-wise to make sure that heat is circulated downward.
  • Try wearing plastic bags under your shoes above the socks. This helps in preventing moisture from peeping in and making your socks wet.
  • Always make sure that your out-of-season clothes are packed properly in a vacuum container dry and away from moisture. When clothes are exposed to the cols and moisture, they tend to spoil the fabric and make your clothes smelly. Try using newspapers between the fabrics while packing.
  • Always look out for cold and other sicknesses. Try staying healthy and clean by properly washing your hands before eating, covering your nose well while going out etc.
  • There are 2 main dangers in winter: Frostbite and Hypothermia. Frostbite means damage caused to skin and other tissues due to freezing. Cooling the skin is painful, so you should react to it as soon as the pain appears, since sensation is lost on further cooling and then damage occurs unnoticed. The condition is much like burns. The nose, ears, chin and cheek are the body parts most easily affected, especially in windy weather, and like sunburn the condition might not get noticed until too late. Watch out for white spots in your fellows’ skin. Fingers and toes may also get frostbitten, but you will more easily notice them getting uncomfortable. Also, touching metal surfaces with bare skin can cause frostbite. First aid is gently warming the affected area with a warm body part, such as the armpit, and protecting it from further coldness. Hypothermia is overall reduced body temperature. It will lead to loss of initiative, sluggish thinking and irrational behavior. Keeping on walking even when tired is important, not only to reach shelter, but also to keep warm. In severe cases it is important to warm the victim slowly, without massaging, because cold blood from arms and legs may cause vital organs to fail.
  • Make sure you carry sunscreen in winter. Yes ! A sunscreen. A sunburn from reflection off of snow or ice is common during winter. For the same reason, carry sunglasses too.

Now that you have our advice with you, you are confident to rock this winter at your dream university. Always make sure neither you nor your friends fall behind anything. Follow us for more such info.

See you soon.

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