Your first NYC winter: Are you pumped or what?

7 Sep

Reader Carlos V. requested a post on dressing for the cold weather. Me, I’m already shaking in my would-be snowboots. Winter is LONG here. Some of these things may be obvious, others less so, but here are my dirty dozen for any time you leave your apartment from November to April:

1) Just get over your hat hair already, because keeping your head covered is the clincher for staying warm.

2) Get fully bundled up BEFORE you go outside. It traps the heat.

3) Stock a don’t-get-sick kit: Carmex, Kleenex, hand sanitizer, vitamins.

4) Especially on windy days, cover your nose and mouth with a scarf, lest you be red (and raw) in the face.

5) You’ll need coat that could easily be mistaken for a sleeping bag. Down. (Ahem…I mean down alternative.)

6) Mittens. With gloves under the mittens. Then maybe a two-hand furry muffler thing. Extremities are the first things to suffer.

7) No, but seriously. If you’re gonna stay out a long time, buy pocket hand warmers that reheat. Read customer reviews, though, because last year I bought a pair that absolutely sucked.

8) Wellies: They’re not just for rainy days anymore. They’re for avoiding snow of various questionable colors. Bonus points if they’re lined and have good soles.

9) Just as you dread going underground in the summer because it’s sweltering, the subway is your friend when it’s minus 4 outside. If you’re tempted, try to plan a route that allows you to stay underground as much as possible, such as using the underground pathways (those skinny black lines on your subway map) to transfer between stations.

10) If you plan to jog when it’s near or below freezing, talk to someone else. I don’t know how you people do it.

11) Get an emergency contact — and make it someone who answers their phone when it rings. (We all have the friend who never picks up.) Last winter, I was sick in bed for two weeks, alone; it turns out I had mono and I spent Thanksgiving being pumped full of fluids in the ER. Don’t do that.

12) Three parting words: Silk. Long. Johns. Discount stores like TJ Maxx tend to stock a ton of it each winter.

Here’s a more-boring version this post, plus what to do if your heat goes out, etc.

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7 Responses to “Your first NYC winter: Are you pumped or what?”

  1. Adrianna Boris 07/30 at 11:30 am #

    I’m starting at NYU next month and I don’t really know anything about the city, so thanks for the great tips!

    • Sarah Protzman 07/31 at 5:36 pm #

      You’re welcome! If there’s a certain topic you’d like to see addressed on the blog, just say the word!

  2. Eric Barth 07/31 at 2:04 pm #

    Is it such a major inconvenience dealing with the poor weather for that long? Do you just never want to leave your apartment, or does life carry on as usual?

  3. Qi 08/04 at 11:44 pm #

    Ohh!! I’m number one on your blog roll! Thanks 🙂

    This post was hilarious! Thanks for the laughs.
    It did seem like you were preparing for winter in Alaska with the warm gear 😉 Perhaps I’ve just gotten used to the NYC winters. It’s usually not too bad, unless there is really bad wind chill or if there is a Noreaster. In which case, this post will be a life saver!

    I usually get a nice down winter coat, gloves, hat, and scarf. You forgot to mention the good parts of winter! Sledding and free events like http://frugalnyc.blogspot.com/2009/01/winter-jam-nyc-2009-free-skiing.html

    Looking forward to the interview posts tomorrow.

  4. Qi 08/04 at 11:46 pm #

    @Adriana – I went to NYU myself, great school, great friends in a Great city 🙂 You’ll love it.

    @Eric Barth – Once you enjoy the snow, Winter is not too bad. Though sometimes we don’t get much snow and just get too much wind-chill.

  5. jenhasapen 12/14 at 12:12 am #

    Joggers, ask someone else. 😉 I love it. Also, I just checked out Filene’s website. I shall visit this week!

    I do have a question… my Fed Ex guy brought a heavy ass box up 3 flights of stairs for me today. Do you tip Fed Ex or UPS guys?

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