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What You Need to Know About Moving to a Cold Part of the Country

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Are you moving to a new place? A colder place? Moving to a cold part of the country, especially if you’re not used to the cold, takes preparation. The cold brings excitement and fun but also new challenges to be aware of. Therefore, before you move to the cold country, take stock of what items you have and what items you need in order to be comfortable and stay healthy.

What Clothes to Buy

The first important thing to know about moving to cold country is that you need warmer clothes. Lightweight jackets and light windbreakers won’t cut it. Instead, invest in a warm coat. Search on the internet to find the best and warmest brands to wear and then test those coats out to see if they keep you warm. Purchasing a scarf and warm beanie is another wise option. When your head and neck are warm, the rest of your body tends to stay warmer. Additionally, when your feet and hands are warm, the rest of your body is also warmer. So, along with the scarf and beanie, invest in warm socks, warm boots, and warm gloves. If you’ll be playing in the snow, waterproof gloves are a great option.

How You Drive

Another thing to be aware of when you move to a cold part of the country is that the ice and snow can make driving hazardous. Check conditions and, when possible, avoid driving in snowy or icy weather. However, you might at times find yourself inevitably caught driving in wintry conditions; at these times, go slow to ensure that you remain in control of your car. If your car does start to slide, practice a technique called pumping your brakes. Do this by rapidly pressing and releasing the brake pedal. Do not hold the brake. Pumping your brakes will help your car regain traction on the slippery roads whereas holding the brake pedal will cause the tires to lock and will make the car lose traction. Additionally, drive with your lights on and, above all, go slow. 

How to Stay Healthy

Your health is always important, but being extra careful to nurture your health in cold areas is crucial. Practices like supplementing your diet with vitamins (such as vitamin D) that your body naturally lacks due to spending less time outside is a great way to take care of your health. Furthermore, because the common flu and colds tend to affect people more during winter, take extra care to wash your hands regularly and to eat healthy. Other wellness tips include getting fresh air, exercising indoors, keeping up on vitamins, getting a flu shot, visiting your doctor, and more. 

Additional Home Maintenance

An sometimes overlooked part of living in colder areas is the importance of maintaining your home. So, do your best to avoid house damage by preparing your home for the winter. Cold weather can cause your pipes to freeze, which ultimately can break or otherwise ruin your pipes. Furthermore, temperature changes can cause paving to expand and contract. This expansion or contraction can cause your driveway to crack and become uneven. So, consider hiring a professional paving service to fix cracks and winterize your driveway. This simple act can go a long way in preventing major damage to concrete areas. There are many online checklists that give comprehensive strategies regarding how to prepare your home for the cold season. Consider using these lists to avoid potentially costly repairs and to keep yourself comfortable.

Make a Winter Survival Kit

If you’re moving to a cold country, it’s important that you’re prepared for any emergencies winter can bring. One way to prepare for said emergencies is to make and put a winter-survival kit in your car. A winter-survival kit can help keep you warm or get you out of tricky emergency situations. Many winter survival kits include blankets, shovels, first-aid kits, flashlights, hand and feet warmers, light snacks, and more. Being prepared is a big part of living in a colder climate where weather can become dangerous at any given moment. 

Upgrade Your Car Tires

In addition to practicing driving in the snow, consider upgrading your tires to snow tires. One major reason why car crashes happen in snowy conditions is due to loss of traction. Winter tires are made with a soft rubber that creates more friction with the road. This design results in more traction and can therefore make a big difference in your ability to control your car on icy or snowy days. Snow tires are not great for summer weather conditions, so simply put snow tires on your car as the winter season draws near. 

Heat Your Home

Keeping yourself warm in your own house is important. But the higher heat indoors means you’ll need to be ready for higher gas or electric bills. Running the heater can be expensive. An easy way to cut down on these high utility costs is to invest, if needed, in updating the heating system in your home. Updated appliances can save you thousands of dollars overtime, if you are able to front the costs of purchasing and installing them. 

Explore the Local Outdoor Activities

Many colder areas have a plethora of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Getting out of the house to move and enjoy nature can be just as fun during winter as it is in the summer. Skiing, ice skating, sledding, and snowshoeing are great activities for all to enjoy. Make sure to dress appropriately, and enjoy the experience that will be fun for the whole family. 

Living in a cold climate can bring a sense of renewal and adventure. There are many beautiful places to explore, new hobbies to enjoy, and wintery festivities that can be enjoyed only in these climates. With those amazing opportunities comes a responsibility to prepare yourself for the wintery conditions that you will encounter. Become prepared; by doing so, you will be able to enjoy all of the wonders of living in the beautiful cold country. 

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