January 30, 2020
There’s no beating around the frosty bush: it’s bloody cold. Wherever you live in the country, we can probably all agree that getting out of bed in the morning, let alone getting out of the house, can feels like an Olympic sport. 
These Cold Weather Hacks Will Keep You Warm When Its Absolutely Freezing
In a survey by Moneyexpert.com, Brits revealed they’re turning to their own cold weather hacks to reduce heating bills this year. From extra jumpers to thermal undies – even going to bed fully clothed. But how else can we stay warm, when the freezing weather makes us want to stay in that bed all day? We put the question out to HuffPost readers – and they answered in their droves.
From the dramatic (“I pretty much hibernate from October to March”, “Don’t leave the house ever”, and “Move to Australia”) to the simple (“Layers, lots and lots of layers”) – here is your ultimate guide to cold weather hacks.All the blankets, all the timeKatie Woodland loves her blankets in the cold weather: her organic one, in the shape of an American bulldog for the sofa, and her electric blanket but not just for bed. The 36-year-old, from Telford, Shropshire, says she has her electric blanket permanently over her legs in her office – although she only turns it on when her fingers get too cold to type!Cups of tea, and lots of themAs a freelancer, Emma Venebles, 36, from Weston-super-Mare, says endless cups of tea are essential on cold days. “Sometimes I get to the end of my working day and realise the only drinks I’ve had are in fact tea!” she says.
She’ll make them hourly, keeping her hands warm as well as her body. But if you’re not a tea fan, Matthew Knight swears by work hot chocolate, instead.Related... Here Are 5 Ways The Cold Weather Is Impacting Your Body I swear I make cups of tea just as an act of self-soothing. I rarely even remember I've made one, or remember to drink it. I seem to just feel better for knowing that a cup of tea exists— Holly Brockwell (@holly) January 28, 2020Invest in a scarf blanketYep, it’s just what you thought it was: a scarf, but big enough to be a blanket. Hollie Hines, 30, from Chester has one that measure 1.5m long and half a metre wide – bought from Zara (which seem to bring out these whoppers each year). “Everyone in my old workplace literally thought it was a blanket,” she jokes. Hot water bottles for all occasionsA hot water bottles isn’t just for home or bed. Sophia Palmer, 26, from Nottingham uses hers in the office, too. “I keep it on my belly and tuck it into my jeans so it stays put if I have to get up to pop the kettle on,” she says.
Palmer uses a full-size one, but you can also get minis: “I think I started doing it once I started living in shared houses where people would complain about bills and keeping the heating on, or having the thermostat on a high setting. I’d never done it at work until I started my current job, and the office gets freezing!”Katie Woodland shoves the hot water bottle into bed about an hour before bedtime so keep it toasty for a good night’s sleep. Try a Yuyu for extra length.Related... My YuYu Long Hot Water Bottle Is Literally Like A Warm Hug My Electric Blanket May Make Me Seem Like A Nana, But I Sleep Like A Baby Layers upon layers upon LAYERS If there’s one tip our readers all agree on, it’s to layer up. We’re talking double socks, double tights, vests under tops, tights under jeans. “A minimum of three layers,” says Neil McLaughlin, whose job meant he worked outside for years.
Hines is a fan of a good old-fashioned vest under her usual clothes, while Daria Gerasimova, 30, from London, says to look into thermals – “Uniqlo does good ones” – which are thin, great for comfort, and adaptable when you’re heading in and out of heat, as on a commute. 
Chloe Gould, 28, from London also swears by Uniqlo’s Heat Tech range. “I always wear one under my jumper – and tights under jeans is a winner.”Stay tucked inTuck your tops into your tights, your jumpers into your jeans, “and pyjamas into your socks so theres no breeze and your PJs can’t ride up in the night,” advises Jane Hunt, 38, from Manchester. Heat warmers in your glovesEmma Thompson, 32, from Wigan is a football fan – and she says putting hand warmers in her gloves have been a lifesaver when she’s standing outside on the terraces. She buys them from Amazon, and they’re single use.
But Lucy Metters, 22, from Lindfield, uses microwaveable hand-warmers – “like mini hot water bottles” – and says they’re an absolute must. “I got them as a stocking filler for Christmas a few years ago – and you can apparently get ones that you snap like glow sticks which warm up as well!”Materials matterGerasimova grew up in Riga, Latvia, where temperatures would be -10 as she was getting read for school. The material you wear makes a huge difference, she says, advising natural fabrics – “acrylic jumpers won’t keep you warm.”
Wool is your best best, she says, and depending on how much you’re willing to spend on clothes, go for merino or cashmere. “But any natural fabric (cotton, linen, silk) is better than synthetics when the weather is playing up,” she adds.Wear proper shoesYeah, we know we sound like your mum. But Fay Block, 40, from Ealing, London, promises fur-lined boots are a winner (and also swears by a down-filled coat). “I’m still traumatised by the sight of people in trainers last time it snowed in London,” says Gerasimova. ”As for shoes, leather is good but it’s down to where you stand on the ethics of it. You could go for something else that is waterproof and add a layer of warm and comfy socks.”Cover your chest“For me it’s all about making sure chest is covered with a decent scarf/coat that goes up high,” says Kate Vine, 35, from London. “Preferably with the option of going loosely over mouth.”
She’ll also take her coat, scarf, and hat off when she gets on public transport, to make sure she feels the effects of actually wearing them outside, too.Two duvetsMy own current bedtime setup includes a thin, coverless duvet, my normal duvet, as well as a blanket. It keeps me toasty warm all night. And John Tomkins, on Twitter, agrees: “Go to bed with two duvets,” he advises. You could even make it a teddy-bear set. And finallyMore than one person told us they wear their dressing gown over their clothes when they get home. “It’s quite a look!” Best of the restPut the heating on full blast in the car to and from workHide your hands in your armpits to keep them warmPut washing on a heated airer – and work from that roomUse a heated mouse – yes, they really do exist.Related... A Filter-Free Ode To The Absolute Joy Of Winter Walks 7 Ways To Help Rough Sleepers When The Weather Is Freezing The Best Foods To Make In An Instant Pot, According To Chefs We all work hard to earn our money – so it shouldn’t feel like hard work to spend it well. At HuffPost Finds we’ll help you find the best stuff that deserves your cash, from the ultimate lipstick to a durable iron to replace the one that broke (RIP). All our choices are completely independent but we may earn a small commission if you click a link and make a purchase.
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