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Favorite Winter Items to Help You Stay Warm and Cozy

Abby Slutsky is usually cold in the winter, so she is constantly seeking out ways to stay warm.

Masks fon't just help protect you from germs; they also keep your face warm.

Masks fon't just help protect you from germs; they also keep your face warm.

Although I live in an area with a change of seasons, I am not a fan of winter. Therefore, when the days start to get dark and there is a chill in the air, I am always on the lookout for items that keep me warm. Here are some of my best ideas for staying warm when the temperature starts to go down.

Take Advantage of Luxury Heat Items if Your Car Has Them

Although many people have heated seats and steering wheels in their vehicles not everyone uses them. If you are lucky enough to have them, be sure to take advantage of them. A click of a button can have you feeling toasty quickly. Some people also have a remote service that allows them to turn the heat on in their vehicle before they actually get to the car. A few extra minutes of the heat running can make a difference between getting into a cold or comfortably warm vehicle.

Whether you purchase inexpensive gloves in bulk or buy fancy ones, they can help keep your hands warm.

Whether you purchase inexpensive gloves in bulk or buy fancy ones, they can help keep your hands warm.

Keep Gloves in Every Winter Coat

Gloves are inexpensive enough that you can indulge in multiple pairs. If you keep one in each winter coat, you will always have an accessible pair. If you want to buy them cheaply, look for them at stores that sell dollar items. Amazon also sells Cooraby 12 Pairs Winter Magic Stretchy Warm Knit Gloves that are unisex. You can purchase them very reasonably. These gloves are great to keep in multiple coats or perfect if you lose gloves frequently. At the time of this article, the Cooraby gloves average $17.00 per dozen.

They are available in different sizes and in packages that have gloves in all one color or sets of multiple colors. I prefer the bulk gloves in one color because I can match odd gloves when I use them. They are available insizes suitable for adults or teens and tweens. They are soft, wash well and cozy. These gloves are thin, but are still terrific in the cold.

Purchase Flannel Sheets or Use the Ones You Already Have

Flannel sheets are soft, cozy and warm. They are my go-to sheets in the winter and are always on my bed by late November. I like the soft feel of them and the added thickness. Best of all, they come in lots of colors and patterns, so you are certain to find a set that matches your comforter.

This small heater takes the edge off the cold air and warms up small spaces nicely. Just be careful not to touch it when it is turned on.

This small heater takes the edge off the cold air and warms up small spaces nicely. Just be careful not to touch it when it is turned on.

Use a Portable or Space Heater

If you are reluctant to put your heat up high, consider a portable heater. If you are in a home office or a cubicle where you are unable to regulate the temperature most of the day, they are terrific for heating up a small room. As long as your work space is comfortable, you can lower the heat in the rest of the house and have the ability to stay warm without high heating bills. Although I know people who use them at night, I prefer to use mine during the day when I am alert and can keep an eye on the unit.

Last year I purchased the Amazon Basics 500-Watt Ceramic Small Space Personal Heater. Although I bought the black version, it is also offered in blue, white, and a reddish hue. It is lightweight and easy to transport almost anywhere. It is perfect for small spaces, generates enough heat to let you feel a difference and is very affordable. It is also extremely quiet.

On the down side, there is a simple on and off switch, so I can’t regulate the temperature or amount of heat it generates. The unit does get hot, so it is a good idea to keep it away from any flammable items. When I looked at the reviews before buying it, some purchasers claimed it had a chemical smell, but I did not notice or experience this. For the price, I thought it was a great buy.

Treat Yourself to a Warm Mitt Manicure

A couple of years ago, I purchased the Tru Glow by Conair Thermal Spa Heated Beauty Mitts. I put hand cream on, slip my hands into mitt liners, and put them in the warm mitts. My hands feel and cuticles look and feel soft. Best of all, the warm heat from the mitts makes me feel a lot warmer. I use these mitts all your round, but they are more enjoyable to use in the winter. The mitts have three settings, so you can adjust the heat based on the temperature you prefer. These are light enough to pack if you are taking a trip too, but most of the time, mine are tucked into a night table drawer, so they are ready for use at a moment’s notice. They heat up very quickly, so I feel the heat fast when I use them.

Wear a Mask

When I first started wearing masks because of Covid, I realized that I did not mind them in the winter. Masks not only help protect you from illness, they also provide warmth to your face. In addition, if you want to run out the door without makeup, no one will ever know if you wear a mask.

Use 32 Degree Heat Shirts

I have talked about 32 degree shirts before, but they are one of my favorite winter items. The shirts are thin and comfortable, so they can be worn underneath almost any sweater or blouse. They almost magically keep me warm. I have them in gray, white and black, and I reach for them all the time in the winter. They come sized small, medium and large. This company also makes 32 degree long underwear, jackets and other items that will help your body warm up. For the price, they are a must-have for winter. I usually keep one in my car in case I get cold in a restaurant. It is easy enough to do a quick change in a bathroom and feel cozy. The company makes these long sleeve shirts in men’s and women’s sizes. They have simple round necks.

Use Warm Towels and Your Bathroom Heating Light

Toss your towels in the dryer, and. remove them after ten minutes before you hop in the shower. They are likely to be warm when you finish washing. If you have a towel warming rack you can heat the towels while you shower.

Many people have a heating light in their bathrooms that they rarely use. Get in the habit of turning it on to enjoy maximum warmth when you exit the bath or shower.

Wear Lined Slippers or Slipper Socks

Why walk on cold flooring in the winter? Many slippers are lined with faux fur or shearling and can help keep you warm. Alternatively, thick slipper socks can also keep your feet toasty.

Most of these ideas are inexpensive and can make a huge difference in your comfort when the weather becomes cold. Try them and make the cold months a little bit more tolerable.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Abby Slutsky

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