Five Necessities for the Blacksburg Tundra

As we approach the end of the fall 2015 semester, we will be greeted by the Blacksburg Tundra in the new year. During my freshman year, I was definitely not prepared for the harsh wind (especially when walking through the drill field), the icy bus seats, and the frozen sidewalks and stairways. After learning the hard way, I would like to provide you with five cold-weather necessities.

1 – Parkas

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A Parka is my #1 necessity when it gets cold in Blacksburg. I wish someone would’ve informed me of the importance of owning a parka. I recently bought one (first photo above, Michael Kors Parka – but in the color, Gunmetal) and I am in LOVE. I try not to wear it every day, but end up wearing it anyways.

Since Parkas can be so thick, you don’t need to layer as much, which is really nice. Make sure to buy one with plenty of pockets that hold all your personal belongings. You don’t need to splurge on a parka, there is a variety of high quality, brand name parkas  at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls!

2 – Thick leggings

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I would really recommend a reliable pair of thick leggings. A pair I would suggest (that is available for men and women) is the Under Armour ColdGear Leggings. These leggings are around $40 and you can purchase them in a variety of stores including Dicks Sporting Goods, Macy’s, and of course the Under Armour store. The ColdGear fabric combines a quick-drying exterior with a heat-trapping interior which is perfect for the chilly days ahead.

3 – Snow boots

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Before owning a pair of snow boots, I used to wear my tennis shoes and tie bags around them so they wouldn’t get wet when I was playing in the snow…I’m really glad I decided to invest in a pair of L.L. Bean Boots. Not only can these endure the snow, but they can also be worn in the rain! These boots are one of the most common items in college kids’ wardrobes Another pair of boots I would recommend buying if you’re not into bean boots, is a pair of Timberland boots. These heavy duty boots are perfect for treading through the snow.

4 – Infinity scarf

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Of course a normal scarf is perfectly fine for wintertime, but I think an infinity scarf is even better because of its versatility. Sometimes when the wind is brutal, I like to wrap the scarf once around my neck, then once around my head, and pull the park of the scarf that’s around my neck, to cover my nose and mouth. Since a lot of your body heat escapes from your head, if you don’t have a hat you can use your infinity scarf to wrap around your head (like the girl in the photo above).

5 – Touch screen gloves

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Last but not least, for you tech savy peeps, these gloves are a must! There are mainly two versions of these gloves; the thin, cheap gloves you can purchase for $1-3 or the thick, expensive gloves you can purchase for $25+. If you don’t plan on staying out in the cold for long or touching any snow, I would op for the thinner gloves, but if you are playing in the snow I would op for the thicker gloves to make sure your hands stay warm.

I hope this helps get you through this winter and many more!

Stay warm and Happy Holidays!

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