I think some of us need to be reminded how to handle the crazy weather.
Being a college student in the winter time can really be a challenge sometimes. After it snows, we find ourselves trying not to face plant into the sidewalk as we dodge snow and ice piles. Not to mention sometimes the wind is pushing us back while we attempt to walk to class. Here are some things college students should have during the winter:
1. A Shovel
This may seem like a no brainer, but a lot of people during the most recent snow storm on campus freaked out because they did not have a shovel. You should keep one in your dorm, apartment, etc. just in case you get snowed in, or your car is lost under mounds of snow.
2. An Umbrella
These people have the right idea, using their umbrellas for snow instead of just rain. It will help, trust me. Having that umbrella will protect your face from being hit by wind and snow.
3. Proper Shoes
I see people on campus walking around in sneakers with no traction, high-heeled boots, any type of improper footwear that you can imagine wearing for the winter. Invest in a nice pair of boots, ones with good traction and can get you through the snow.
4. A Winter Jacket
This also seems like something that is a no brainer but believe me, I have seen people wearing tiny little jackets that offer no insulation. You need to have a proper jacket, otherwise, you are not protecting yourself from the cold. And if you can't afford a brand new jacket, try going to thrift stores, Goodwill, or places that have cheaper coats. You will be glad you did.
5. Hats, Gloves and Scarves
You should look like you are going on an expedition to Alaska. You do not want to get frostbite, been there, done that. Make sure to bundle up from head to toe.
6. Cold and Flu Medicine
Winter is cold and flu season, so make sure you are fully stocked with cold and flu medicine. College students are in classes the majority of the time, an environment where germs are spread easily. Use a lot of hand sanitizer too.
7. A Warm Beverage
A warm beverage might seem silly, but it doubles as a hand warmer when you are walking to class, and warms you up when you drink it. Whether it is hot coffee, hot cocoa, or tea, it will do the job.