I woke up this morning to the cold and it hit me, summer is over and it’s cold outside. Moving from Nigeria’s rather warm climate to Canada’s changing seasons can be rather challenging. The best time to move to Canada is during the summer season, it gives you the chance to slowly transition into the winter period. Being prepared is key to getting through the winter season. Here are some tips to get you on your way.
Invest in winter clothing
This is one of the best investments you can make for the winter season, quality winter clothing will get you through the winter season for years and years to come. Whether on sale or full price, it will hurt your bank account but you will be glad it did when winter season beckons. Non-slip waterproof winter boots, insulated jackets, gloves and thermal underwears are a must for me. I have also learnt to layer up over the years.
2. Stay up-to-date on the Weather Forecast
Make it an habit to check the weather forecast before leaving the house daily. This helps you to plan ahead and be aware of any current weather alerts.
3. Be prepared for the Snow Storm
With winter comes snowstorms accompanied with parking bans, school closures and sometimes power outage. Snowstorm is a very heavy fall of snow, usually accompanied by strong blowing wind. Overnight street parking ban is usually enforced in order to clear snow off the streets. The CBC news snowstorm centre is good source to keep up to date on school and community closures as well as travel and transit cancellations.
Power outage might occur sometimes due to strong winds damaging electric poles. It is best to maintain a three day supply of water and non-perishable food during winter. Radio, candles, flash light and batteries are also good supplies to have. Blankets, duvets and winter jackets can be used to keep warm indoors during this period.
In the midst of it all, don’t forget to have fun. As long as you are properly dressed for it, snow ball games and building a snowman is always a good idea. Comment, like and subscribe.