New England is getting blasted by winter storm Nemo this weekend, with some areas expecting over two feet of snow. Schools are closing–or didn’t even bother opening–and the roads are dangerous, so a lot of people are finding Nemo to be the perfect snow day excuse and just staying in. Here are some fun tips and essential tricks to having a safe and awesome snow day.
- You don’t have to be a kid to love sledding and having snowball fights. My favorite thing is building snow forts and igloos in the yard after shoveling the driveway. If you have to throw all that snow somewhere anyway, might as well do something cool with it!
- Speaking of shoveling, if you have a car that is going to need to be unearthed after the blizzard strikes, I suggest shoveling periodically throughout the day, especially if you have a large space you need to clear. Shoveling a few inches of snow is much faster and far less exhausting than digging into two feet of the stuff. Think of it like doing sets at the gym, because it’s absolutely a workout.
- Remember growing up when you had big, heavy snowsuits with the overall tops? Yeah, they were pretty ugly, but they got the job done. Luckily, snow gear has gotten much sleeker since those days, and if you plan on shoveling after all the snow has fallen, you’ll be trudging through it and will want to get bundled up. Ladies, wear leggings under jeans; guys, use pajama pants (unless you have leggings). Your jeans will block most of the wind, but if snow gets in one of the legs, you’re going to want that extra layer.
- Sometimes a snow day is a great excuse to stay indoors and just relax. Sure, you could get work or cleaning done, but curling up with a good book or watching a movie while being kept nice and toasty with warm blanket is what snow days are all about. Life is stressful, so pamper yourself by not doing anything productive for at least part of the day.
- Board games or card games are a great way to relax with friends and family. It gets everyone off their computers for a while and gives you an excuse to make some comfort food and hot chocolate. Again, life is stressful, so take quality social time when you can get it.
- Maybe you are not the kind of person who can sit and do nothing all day, or maybe you have too many things you’ve been neglecting. Well, here’s your chance to catch up.
Power Outage Preparedness
- Snow days aren’t always sunshine and lollipops; especially in a blizzard like Nemo, power outages happen. If this happens, staying warm is your first priority. Bundle up–it could be a chilly night.
- If you have a gas stove, you’ll be able to cook hot meals, but a lot of us aren’t that lucky. Stock up on healthy and filling foods that don’t require electricity. And whatever you do, DON’T OPEN YOUR FRIDGE OR FREEZER. The food in there will keep itself cold for a while–maybe move a bag of frozen peas into the fridge, but otherwise don’t let the cold air out. If it looks like your power will be out for more than a day (I had friends who went without power for almost two weeks once), either start tossing stuff or throw things into bags/boxes and put in the snow. Keeping vegetables in a warm refrigerator for a couple of days will leave a nasty smell. Prevent that by thinking ahead.
- Many of us can’t live without our gadgets, and power outages threaten to tear us from them. Having a car charger gives you access to some extra energy and a chance to get warm, but a car charger is useless if you don’t have a car. Put your phone or laptop into energy-saving mode and, before you do anything else, check to see if any public transportation is running or if any friends have power and can pick you up. Have a backup strategy, like if you haven’t called the friend back by a certain time, they should assume that you are still without power and your phone is dead and should come pick you up. The cold can be dangerous in a power outage because you become isolated. Call in favors and get yourself somewhere safe.