Yes, we’ve all seen those people who march through the snow in shorts or flip flops, trying to say ‘Nope, I can’t feel it!’ through their chattering teeth. UNH is no exception to these people, thus if you see them around campus on a tour, believe me when I say there are a few essentials for the winter months that these people are really trying to prove they can avoid.
We all say to ourselves, ‘it won’t be that cold’ or ‘well I’m only walking like 10 feet’ but in college, it’s a whole new ball game. I’m sure half the people I’ve seen on campus wearing only thin sweaters in the snow is probably due to the fact that left their jackets back at home and forgot to bring them to college. As for me, I figured my ski jacket or a heavy fall jacket with a scarf would suffice. Well, let me tell you, it absolutely did not. I wasn’t alone in the boat either, thinking my jacket was warm enough to be walking around campus.
I never really thought I’d be wearing these things around campus, but that’s probably because no one ever wore them to high school. So here goes: 1. A heavy jacket! Men, please buy yourself a heavy jacket, not a fleece or a flannel or even a sweater. From what I’ve been told, Carhartt and NorthFace are great and they’re really warm and stylish. As for ladies, no one is saying you can’t have your individuality but please just go out and get yourselves a long-coat, the ones that go anywhere from past your butt to your ankles (a.k.a. the mom coat.) NorthFace sells them, Eastern Mountain Sports, L.L. Bean, most anywhere has this jacket. Though many people have the style of jacket, trust me that you’ll want it when you’re trucking around campus at 10° F; it was one of my best college investments. 2. Boots! On days when it’s really snowy, or even when its early and the sidewalks have yet to be shoveled and salted, you will be miserable if you don’t have any snow boots. My suggestion is if you don’t want to wear the old boots you wore in the snow banks as a 13-year old is to buy boots that are water proof, warm, cover your ankles, and have some tread. Tread is especially important because those hills on campus can be pretty scary when they’re icy. 3. Mittens and/or a hat! I only own one hat that I like and wear on a regular basis when I ski in the winters. I wear it skiing though, and same goes for my gloves. Bringing both my ski hat and gloves to college was on a total whim that just happened to be a life saver. After my first time walking to class and showing up not being able to feel my hands, ears, or any part of my face, I had decided I needed to break them out. Also, even if there’s a harsh wind or you have to talk on your cell phone while walking to class, mittens and gloves will solve both these problems.
Your favorite jacket and scarf might have been plenty warm enough walking from the parking lot to school when in high school, but I promise you it won’t be in college. Take my advice, before winter hits, make sure you have a heavy jacket, a pair of boots, and some gloves and mittens before you’re sorry. Don’t be the guy walking around in his flip flops while its 30°F!