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How to get ready for winter

The festive season is nearly upon us, and it’s time to get ready for winter. The colder season often requires a little more preparation. You need to change a few things in your home, car and wardrobe. The exact changes you make depends on the climate where you live. In the UK, you may need to adapt your lifestyle to freezing temperatures and wet weather conditions.

Here are a few things you need to do before winter sets in.

Change up your footwear

You need to put your flip flops and sandals away and bring the winter boots back. It’s practical to have a pair of waterproof boots and a pair of more fashionable ones. You can keep your new boots clean and in good condition and wear your waterproof pair for winter walks. You also need some cosy slippers to keep your feet warm around the house.

Check your heating system

Put the air conditioning units and fans back into storage, and make sure your heating system works. Your boiler might need a little maintenance check before you start using it every day for the next few months. You could hire a plumber to run a quick test and fix any problems before they become much worse. Old boilers can be very inefficient and expensive to repair. Sometimes it might also be best to upgrade your boiler long before winter kicks in. Make sure you check out the best boilers to buy in the market to get the best value for your purchase.

Prepare your car

You need to prepare your car with the winter essentials. You need an ice scraper, windshield de-icer, shovel, cloth and an extra blanket. You might get stuck in the snow on a cold winter’s night. Keep your winter kit in the back of your car in case of emergencies. Better to be safe than sorry, right?

Get moisturiser

Your skin needs a little extra attention in the winter months. The harsh weather and cold conditions can dehydrate your skin over time. You need a thick moisturiser, serum, lip balm and hand cream to protect your skin. Cracked skin can become very painful in the winter. You should also apply SPF to protect your skin from the winter sun, especially when skiing.

Organise your closet

Finally, you need to switch up your closet and retrieve your winter coats, beanie, gloves and scarves. Store your summer clothes in the loft or storage cupboard for now. Only keep your winter-appropriate clothing in the wardrobe, so it’s easy to see what you have to wear. You need plenty of knitwear, trousers and a few thermal sets as well.

Start preparing for the winter season now so you can enjoy the cold weather when it arrives.

Christopher Stern

Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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