How-to: Conquer the cold weather

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The weather outside is frightful, and staying inside wrapped in a snuggie seems more delightful than going to class. Here’s how to conquer the cold weather this winter season.

Step 1: Get the essentials.

Warm socks, gloves and a winter coat can go a long way against snowflakes and frigid wind. Winter essentials can be purchased in stores like Target, Wal-Mart and even Walgreens.

Students looking for winter adventures can buy gear designed for harsh conditions at Sports Authority and Eddie Bauer. Both stores are located at the University Mall.

BYU student Tiffany Jencks swears by fleece-lined leggings. “I served my mission in Germany, and it gets very cold there. I found some fleece-lined leggings at Walgreens and Ross. I’m hooked; I layer them under my jeans.”

Step 2: Layer, layer, layer.

Layering is a key component to staying warm. Three layers of clothing are recommended for winter weather, according to weather.com.

Students don’t have to dress in snowsuits and ski-masks, but as long as they have a wicking, insulating and protective layer they are good to go.

The wicking layer is worn right next to the skin. Some students wear long-johns or long underwear made with synthetic fibers like polyester. Wicking moves moisture away from the skin and will keep wearers warm, dry and comfortable, according to weather.com.

Sweatshirts, sweaters, pullovers and vests make great insulating layers that keep the warmth in and the cold out. Lightweight, long-sleeved shirts can easily be worn under the insulating layer. Sweatshirts and pullovers can easily be removed when students are in the classroom so they don’t get overheated.

The protective layer is essential to guard students against the forces of nature. Waterproof coats and wind breakers that are water-resistant won’t soak through and guarantee an extra layer of warmth.

“Layering is so important for me to keep warm,” said BYU student Kiki Hatch. “Another trick to layering is bringing an extra pair of socks, just in case the pair I’m wearing gets wet. Nothing is worse than soggy socks.”

Step 3: Stock up on hot cocoa.

This sweet treat can warm the body up and comfort the soul. It’s also easy to make at home. Starbucks and 7-Eleven are known for their hot cocoa, but store-bought brands like Stephen’s and Swiss Miss do the job too. Store hot cocoa in a thermos, and take it to campus for a treat between classes.

Step 4: Moisturize.

Hydrating for your health also hydrates your skin. Cold wind can dry the skin and lead to itchiness and irritation. Apply oils or lotions with olive, coconut or almond bases, and then wear gloves when going outside, according to webmd.com.

Apply sunscreen as much as possible, because sunscreen isn’t just for summer anymore. The sun, mixed with snow glare, can  damage the skin, according to webmd.com. Apply sunscreen in the morning and throughout the day before going outside.

“Dry winter skin and lips are the worst,” said BYU student Leah Nichols. “They just remind you how cold it is outside.”

Step 5: Take caution.

Freezing temperatures create ice that even the sun can’t melt. Freezing rain made its way to campus back in 2013. Students slipped and fell all over the place. The university sent out a message to professors to excuse students for coming in late. Safety is even more important on the sidewalks and roads in winter.

BYU student Erick Rowan is extra careful when he travels on the road and across campus. “Drive and walk as fast as you want to crash or fall,” Rowan said.

Students can also avoid ice by walking through buildings on campus as a detour.

Staying inside is a great idea, but students can’t hide from the weather forever. Following these steps can guarantee a comfortable, warm and safe winter for all students, even the students in denial over the falling snow.

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