Winter came early this year, because right now as I’m typing this it’s 10 degrees with a -8 windchill making it hard to survive a Midwest winter. As a Texas native battling a Midwest winter for the second time, I think I’m pretty close to being a pro so here are some of my winter essentials!
Fleece lined leggings
Fleece lined leggings are the best thing you can buy for yourself if you live in a cold state. The ones I love so much are from Blackmilk and it’s hard for me not to wear them everyday. The quality is amazing and there’s a sheen to them that makes them look expensive versus just cotton ones. They’re similar to American Apparel disco pants, but it’s more of a matte sheen and they’re lined with polyester.
Theraflu, Emergen C and Robitussin
It’s hard to keep yourself from getting sick when there’s a negative degree wind chill paralyzing your face, so I’m always stacked with medicine. I’m not a fan of medicine in the form of syrup so as a precaution, I like to take Emergen C every other day to get rid of a little runny nose.
Emergen C works really well and the flavor choices are great (my favorite flavors are orange and lemon-lime). If I have a cold that starts to gets worse, I start taking Robitussin during the day and then at night I soothe my throat with a nice cup of Theraflu. This regime usually gets rid of any sickness I’m feeling within 3 days.
Although Dr. Martens are expensive they are so worth it because you can trek through rain or snow without the fear of wet socks. They’re extremely durable and comfortable once you’ve broken them in. In addition, they add a ‘don’t fuck with me vibe’ to your outfit.
Oversized scarf, wool gloves, wool beanie
Besides the obvious big winter coat, you’re going to want to protect your extremities. I’ve found that huge oversized scarves work best because you can wrap it around multiple times and when necessary you can adjust it to cover the lower part of your face.The great thing is that you can find an oversized scarf anywhere and for many different price points.
I literally wear beanies even when it’s not cold because it’s an easy way to avoid doing my hair, but when there’s harsh wind you’re definitely going to want a nice thick wool knit beanie. And if you enjoy having fingers you’ll want to invest in a nice pair of wool gloves, because frozen hands are no fun.
Chapped lips aren’t comfortable nor are they cute, so I always have a chap stick on hand. My two favorites are EOS Lemon Drop flavor and Blistex Raspberry Lemonade Blast which you can get both at any drug store in the states. Lip Medex works really well to cure already chapped lips so I use the other two as an every day upkeep chap stick.
What’s your greatest tip for surviving a Midwest winter? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to create, grow, and learn. Stay warm!