A guide for surviving your first winter

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Preparing for winter involves more gear than the other seasons, and for good reason. With winter comes the icy winds and the cold snow.

For those who are new to cold Pennsylvania winters, here is a list of winter necessities to help you get through the season:

1. A hooded parka

Waterproof parkas protect from the cold with the added benefit of preventing snow from getting your clothes wet. The hood can also shield your face and hair when snow starts to fall or to make sure your ears stay warm.

2. Waterproof boots

A good pair of boots can go a long way in the winter, especially if you’re going to play in the snow. They should be warm enough for the cold weather, but not super bulky– especially for regular, everyday use.

3. Sunglasses

Although some might argue that sunglasses are more of a summer necessity than a winter one, winter can be bright, especially when the snow has coated every visible surface. The snow reflects the sunlight and makes the area brighter.

4. Accessories

Three words: hats, gloves, scarves. They’re all especially useful if you’re going to spend lots of time outside.

5. Layers

Layering is an essential part of the winter, because of the heating inside buildings. There is often a large temperature difference between the outside and indoors. That’s why it pays off to bundle up in the exterior and keep lighter shirts on below your outerwear.

6. Moisturizers

Skin can get really dry during the winter. That’s why getting a good moisturizer that works for your skin is a must. The trick here is finding one that works best for you and your skin. You can also put Vaseline on your face before going outside to protect your skin from getting wind-burned.

7. Chapstick

Lips, like skin, suffer during the winter and get chapped and dry. Look for ingredients like glycerin or bees wax, which are especially good at locking moisture into your skin.

8. Hot chocolate or hot beverages

When you’re stuck outside without proper gear, nothing expels the cold (at least for a little while) better than a nice hot chocolate or hot beverage. It warms you up from the inside out.

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