Some individuals and families have virtually no trouble preparing for the winter months. To be sure, a host of people are able to seamlessly transition from enjoying the sunshine and beautiful weather, to shivering constantly and hiding out indoors I order to escape the frigid temperatures. Of course, on the other hand, many others understand that the winter months are coming, yet are truly unprepared when they finally arrive.
And even if you think your family is prepared for winter, it always helps to take all precautions to ensure that everyone is ready. Consider trying these 10 simple ways to help you and your little ones prepare for the chilly months to come.
1. Weather Proof Your Home
Perhaps one of the most important things you can do to prepare for the winter months is weather proof your home. Often times our homes develop (or already have) a number of inefficiencies that will allow heat to escape; as such, inspecting potential problem areas (such as near doors and windows), as well as hiring a professional for help, may be in your best interests.
2. Dig Out the Kids’ Warm Clothes
If you haven’t already, make sure to dig through the closet and find all of the warm clothes your children may need. Winter often arrives overnight, so doing this early will help ensure everyone stays warm.
3. Get Gifts Early
If you plan on celebrating holidays this year, consider shopping for gifts as early as possible so that you can avoid any long lines at the store and enjoy more time this winter with those you truly love. Plus, shopping earlier makes it more likely that you’ll be able to get what you truly want.
4. Outfit Your Car with an Emergency Kit
Getting stuck in a snowstorm in your care is not only extremely inconvenient – it can be dangerous as well, especially if you are not prepared with an emergency kit. Make sure to put an emergency kit in your glove compartment, which should include flares, a first-aid kit, and everything else necessary to keep you safe.
5. Get Sledding Equipment
Do you plan on going sledding this year on a nearby hill with the kids? If so, make sure that you have a durable sled well before the first snowfall. And even if you have an old sled that you want to keep around because of its sentiment, make sure it is in proper working order before hopping on.
6. Find Materials for Snowman
Few activities are as much fun and traditional as building a snowman in the backyard with the kids. And because all snowmen and snowwomen need decorations to make them complete, make sure to pick these up early; this may include a stovetop hat, a pipe, and other items for buttons and facial features.
7. Make Sure You Have Snow Day Activities and Games
There are few experiences less pleasant than being snowed in with the family with nothing to do all day. Don’t let this happen to you this year; instead, make sure your game cupboard is fully stocked with plenty of fun activities to keep you busy until you are able to leave the house again.
8. Obtain a Stash of Candles for Serious Storms
On the snowiest of all days, you may experience a power outage and be forced to go an entire day and night without any lights, television, or anything else that requires electricity. And when this happens, the easiest way to transition is by lighting up a few candles, making a hot beverage, and sitting around the fireplace together as a family.
9. Keep a Supply of Cold Medicine (or Other Remedies)
No one ever wants to get sick; but the winter months often coincide with nasty bugs that leave the kids sick for a day or more. Instead of racing out of the house when your little ones show the first signs of a cold, however, you can prepare for this to happen by ensuring that your medicine cabinet is full of plenty of cold medicine for both adults and children alike.
10. Make Rules Regarding Pets
Finally, while the little ones may absolutely love the pets in your household, they may not fully understand that many animals are unable to withstand frigid outdoor temperatures for long periods of time. As such, it is important to make rules about how often and for how long the pets can be outside, and to monitor the animals closely to prevent any harm.
Get Ready for Winter This Year
Are you trying to prepare your family for the frigid winter months this year? If so, try these 10 simple tips to make sure everyone is healthy and happy until the spring season arrives again.