Michigan is such a beautiful place to live. If you\’re not about the hustle and bustle of city life, simply head Up North for a calmer more relaxed lifestyle. During the winter months, Michigan is typically covered in a picturesque blanket of snow (this year is a little different – I\’m not sure where the snow is).
Something you\’ll hear often from people out of town and Michiganders alike is It\’s so cold here in Michigan, and the winters in Michigan are so long and gray too. I personally love the cold, snow, and winter adventures. But, for someone who doesn\’t love the cold, it can be tough to survive a Michigan winter. I understand that you may find winter to be miserable, however, staying inside isn\’t good for you either. That is why you need to rely on ways to survive the winter, shorter days, and subzero temperatures.
Below are some of my tips and tricks to help you get the most out of the winter months ahead.
10 Tips for Surviving a Michigan Winter
1. Stock up on warm socks.
Whether you\’re lounging around the house or layering up to head outside, a few quality, cozy socks will come in handy. These socks from Darn Tough are my personal favorite.
2. Fall in love with an outdoor activity
When you discover a winter activity you love you\’re more likely to bundle up and head outside to play in the snow. Try out, snowshoeing, ice skating, cross country skiing, skiing, snowboarding, and more.
3. Warm up your car
I let my car warm-up for at least 15 minutes on cold mornings. For those of you who have remote starters, I envy you.
4. Take advantage of the sun
Michigan winters are notorious for being dark and gloomy. So if the sun decides to make an appearance, take advantage of it. Whether you head outside for a brisk sun-filled walk, or sit by a window and read a book, soak up those rays of light.
5. Keep a supply of hot drinks
Fill your pantry with teas and hot cocoa. I personally stock up on apple cider from Yates Cider Mill and freeze it so I can have cups of mulled cider all winter long.
6. Cozy throw blankets
Hygge is all about cozy and is also the key to handling winter. When it comes to throws, the softer, the better. I personally love All the Feels blankets.
7. Invest in good winter gear
A hooded jacket, insulated boots, warm mittens, thick scarves, and a beanie to cover your ears.
8. Winter tires
Seriously, make sure you have good tires on your vehicle when winter hits. Winter tires definitely make a huge difference, and might even help prevent a collision.
9. Moisturize your skin
I always apply moisturizer to my face in the morning and at night, as well as lotion my body morning and night and my hands throughout the day.
10. Try a craft
Winter offers a slower pace, which makes it the ideal time to learn a new craft like knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, and more. When it\’s too cold to head outside, doing a craft is a great way to pass time.