Here I am sitting on our kitchen counter in my pajammies, sweat shirt on and fuzzy slippers on my feet with sunshine flooding from our apartment windows, which are usually kept shut. I should be feeling warm and snuggly all over, but my feet are as cold as ice and my knees have this strange, unfamiliar painful sensation (Old age?). Is winter already here? Or are we still at the peak of autumn? Whatever season we are in, it is damn cold! Something a tropical-country-slash-Middle-East-desert-transient girl is definitely not used to. (Dubai did have fake winters, yes. I say “fake winter” because temperatures sure did not drop below 15 C / 59 F.)
So, given the circumstances that I had in the past, my wardrobe is packed with anti-underarm sweat inducing clothing, mostly light, cool, breathable cotton garb, which does the opposite of what is needed in this cold weather, and flip flops, open-toed sandals and ballet flats, which again do not protect the feet from the cold. Hence, the past weeks were dedicated to preparing, more specifically shopping for clothes and other whatnot to help me last through the cold weather. Shopping, of course, is fun (as seen in photo above) and expensive (winter wear, with all that’s needed, does not come cheap! So be prepared!), albeit necessary.
So if you, like me, find yourself in another country with cold, cold weather, especially in the fall / winter months, PREPARE and get yourself the following:
- Family and friends have egged me to “layer, layer, layer!” So I’ve bought tank tops and long sleeved shirts that I can wear under regular shirts to help keep me warm.
- Luckily, the Texas winters aren’t that cold (And I’m already freezing!! Gah!), but thank you to my Tita (aunt), who sent over a set of thermals for me to use, just in case I really can’t stand the cold.
- Regular cotton socks won’t help one through the cold. Get a couple of pairs of WOOL socks to prevent your feet from icing up.
- Closed shoes / boots
- Even the feet need to be insulated.
- Waterproof boots
- Though I still don’t have a pair since snow isn’t as abundant in Texas, I suppose you’d need one if you live in a place where snow is aplenty. As my uncle said, there’s nothing worse than having cold AND wet feet.
- Leggings / tights
- You can supposedly wear these under skirts or even under jeans to help keep extra warm (though I haven’t done this yet even if I’ve got a couple of leggings in my closet.
- Long sleeved shirts, sweaters
- To cover your precious arms! You don’t want them to fall off. The extremities are the first to go right?
- Fleece or puffer / down jackets
- I have a couple of lightweight jackets, which are useless in this weather. So go for thicker jackets or not so thick ones with good insulation.
- The lightweight ones thankfully are useful in the fall weather. But do upgrade to the woolen, knitted ones come winter.
- Protect the extremities! I got myself a pair of wool gloves (children sized because my hands are itty bitty), but leather ones are also an option.
- The ones made in Baguio (mountain province in the Philippines) would not be as effective since these are not made of wool. Get ones that go down past the ears, so that you wouldn’t need ear muffs.
- If you have hair on your head and don’t want the brain freeze, get a hairdryer! I have always had someone else blow dry my hair and now I learned and got to do it myself.
Did I miss anything else? I hope I don’t need anything more…flat broke from all the shopping! Waaaah! And you know what, I am really hoping we do get a white Christmas here in Texas. It will be my perstaym! Hihi!
Delirious about delicious,