Winter Must-Haves for Dealing with the Cold: Part 2

January 14, 2013

It will be a couple more months until we get warmer and drier in many places around the world, so I’m back with a continuation of winter must-haves, as promised. These items are particular for being outdoors or getting caught in nasty weather when you least expect it. Let’s jump right in, shall we?

Winter staple #6: Moisturizer

If you’ve ever been out in the cold and felt incredibly chapped from the biting wind, you know how important it is to have lotion at hand. I always carry a small tube of moisturizer with me for times like that. During winter, I look for a thicker formula, like Honey House Naturals Bee Bar Cream. It’s a thick, ultra-rich, creamy-smooth hand and body lotion that fits easily into pockets and purses, so you can enjoy effective, natural relief and creamy moisture at home or on the go. It’s rich in shea butter and smells like vanilla, so anyone can use it, and it isn’t tested on animals, which I very much appreciate.

Winter staple #7: Outdoor Thermometer

We’ve all got the internet now and smartphones that can tell us what the weather will be like, but nothing beats a good ol’ physical thermometer right out your window. Seeing how cold (or hot) it is doesn’t get as real-time as this. I love the design of the Rosendahl Outdoor Thermometer because it is so minimalistic and modern. This is perfect for checking whether you need to put on your big coat or not before you walk out the door each morning. All you do is stick it on a window, and it clicks on and off easily for cleaning.

Winter staple #8: Waterproof Carrying Bag

It happens to the best of us. I’m sure we’ve all been caught in the rain unprepared before, and we all know how unpleasant that can be, scrambling for shelter and getting entirely soaked. It’s easy to say we should just carry an umbrella at all times, but if you don’t like the added bulk, a creative alternative is to carry a water-resistant canvas bag. Molla Space’s “Rain Times” Newspaper Bag is just the thing to help out folks like us. It’s a bag that looks like a newspaper and unfolds like a newspaper, so when you’re caught in the rain, you can open it up and voila! take cover. I noticed that there aren’t any zippers on the bag, so you’d have to be careful not to spill your contents on the sidewalk when it’s over your head.

Winter staple #9: Waterproof Notepad

In case you do drop your things in the rain, make sure you’ve got as much water-resistant things as possible, like a waterproof notebook. A Shower Notebook or Waterproof Note Pad from would make a great accessory during the winter because it’s a fail-proof way to retain important notes or information regardless of the weather. With 80 tear out pages and a pencil hanging strap, I don’t see how I could pass this notepad up this season!

Winter staple #10: Protective Footwear to Keep your Feet Dry

It’s a real pain when I want to wear a specific pair of shoes out when it’s raining in the winter, but I don’t wear them because I’m afraid they’ll get soaked or damaged in the rain (and my feet will get cold and wet too). I discovered these galoshes by SWIMS that basically go over just about any type of shoe to protect them (and your feet) from rain, snow, or mud. You just slip them on when you have to face the elements of winter, and take them off when you arrive at your destination indoors. They’re stretchy, tear-resistant, waterproof, and they come in different styles to fit various shoes for both women and men. Must. Have!

With so many innovative products out there to make our lives better in the winter, I’d love to hear about any you know of. Do tell! Sharing is caring.

5 Responses to “Winter Must-Haves for Dealing with the Cold: Part 2”

  1. Taranu Cosmin Andrei Says:

    All these items are very important for going outdoors indeed but I personally think that the most important items are the waterproof shoes. It has happened to me for a few times to get my feet wet and each time I caught a really bad cold and it is also a very unpleasant sensation. And I really appreciate the fact that Bee Bar was not tested on animals too. This makes give it a positive mark.

  2. kerah13 Says:

    I second Taranu- the waterproof shoes are so important. Developing a sore on your foot from chafing is painful and so not fun. It’s also important to stay moisturized, so in addition to a suitable moisturizer for your skin, to drink plenty of water and I also use a humidifier from time to time if it gets really dry in my apartment.

  3. Myra Schott Says:

    I often have a lot stuff in my bag which becomes very bulky, and gets soaked even with an umbrella to shield myself. I got the Rain Times Newspaper bag as a Christmas gift from one of my colleagues last year.

    At first glance, I thought it was literally made of paper, but I was quite surprised how water-resistant the material is. None of my documents were wet, and it’s convenient to just open up and cover your head in this unpredictable rainy season!

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